Natural Gas Distribution + Transmission Emergency Response

Wednesday, April 19

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Emergency Response Investigation Practices
Speakers: Roger Evans, Senior Pipeline Accident Investigator, National Transportation Safety Board
Event investigation best practices and lessons learned – Roger Evans, Senior Pipeline investigator for the NTSB, will present the anatomy of an NTSB investigation. Learn how utilities can utilize NTSB investigation practices and experience in enhancing their own investigations.

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Lessons from the Fort McMurray Fire
Speaker: Darlene Cox, Senior Manager, Contract Construction, ATCO Gas
In May of 2016, a devastating wildfire – the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history – forced the evacuation of over 80,000 people in Ft. McMurray, Alberta, with over 2,500 structures destroyed in the remote oilfield city.  The lone highway in and out of the city was closed intermittently as the wildfire raged around the city, seemingly changing direction and size by the minute.  How does a gas distribution company respond to a crisis like this?  Where do they even start?  ATCO will share lessons learned from battling the beast.

Thursday, April 20

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Continuity Planning for Emergencies
Speaker: Nick Mullen, Business Continuity Program Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Mary Hobday, Emergency Planning Manager, Puget Sound Energy
Explosion with Fatalities; Earthquake; Flooding; Wildfires; System-Wide Outages; Large Scale Leak Migration with Evacuations; does your company maintain effective Business Continuity Plans which clearly illustrate resilience for these types of incidents?  This presentation will provide a baseline for developing continuity plans which support advanced decision-making regarding the management of human and financial resources, coordination and communications procedures, and the transition from crisis to recovery.

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Customer Support During Emergency Response
Speakers: Katie Davis, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Ken Baldwin, Senior Manager for Risk Management and Safety, Southwest Gas Corporation
While emergency response crews are focused on assessing damage and repairing gas lines, there is often a need to support our customers and communities who are affected by a gas event of any magnitude. Both speakers will provide insight not only into the proven plans used by their respective companies, but also introduce new innovative groundbreaking tools and methodologies.