Sep

17-18

Environmental Strategies (Sep 17-18)

In the ever-changing landscape of climate change legislation, rapidly aging infrastructure, advancing technologies, renewable standards and the increased dependency on natural gas – environmental issues remain on the forefront of many organization’s missions and objectives. This forum provides environmental management professionals, environmental engineers and project and program managers the opportunity to focus on challenges and successes through a combination of interactive discussions, formal presentations, and tours designed with an operational emphasis. Attendees will broaden their perspectives and further increase their ability to address the strategic environmental needs of their organizations. The group meets once in autumn, and once at the WEI Operations Conference.

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General Details

Program Chair
Steve Weight, Environmental Coordinator, Questar Corporation

Program Location
Portland General Electric
Oregon Room (Mezzanine level)
World Trade Center Building 2
121 SW Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97204

Who Should Attend
Environmental management professionals
Environmental engineers
Regulatory personnel

Registration Options
Member: $449
Regular: $899

Prices increase $100 after August 25. Registration includes comprehensive meeting materials, reception, meals and snacks. For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.

Agenda

Thursday, September 17, 2015

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration and Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM
Welcome and Introduction of Delegates
Speaker: Steve Weight, Environmental Coordinator, Questar Corporation

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
Overview of Gasco Source Control and LNG Operations Tours
Speaker: Ben Hung, Senior Managing Engineer, ANCHOR QEA, LLC
Environmental overview of the former Gasco Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) site and description of the hydraulic control and containment source control system. This presentation will include:

  • Historic photos and a summary of the historic manufacturing processes that took place at the site.
  • A description of the remedial investigation findings and subsequent work that led to the selection and construction of the hydraulic control and containment source control at the site.
  • A description of the source control system components.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
Break

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Gasco Source Control Tour
Tour of the groundwater source control system on the Gasco property to highlight source control measures that have been implemented as part of the overall superfund site remedial effort. This tour will include the following source control system components:

  • Main groundwater treatment plant
  • Groundwater pretreatment plants
  • Extraction wells, control wells, and control panels
  • Extraction system logic controls

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Operations Tour
Speaker: Ken Austin, Gas Operations Superintendent, NW Natural
Operational tour of NW Naturals Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Plant detailing day-to-day operations and considerations working at a Superfund site. Bring photo identification and sturdy footwear. Hard hats, safety glasses, and safety vests will be provided.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Lunch

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Break

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
Hydro Plant Licensing Renewal Issues
Speaker: Angela Risdon, Gas Operations Superintendent, Manager – Environmental Management – Generation, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Discussion around hydro dams licensing renewals non-collaborative and environmental challenges.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Roundtable Discussion

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Reception

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Dinner on your own

Friday, September 18, 2015

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Transport to Hydro Plant for Tour
Transportation to Estacada for overview and tour.

9:15 AM – 3:00 PM
Faraday Hydro Plant Overview, Tour and Discussion
Speakers: John Esler, Project Manager Clackamas Re-licensing, Portland General Electric
Nick Loose, Plant Manager West Side Hydro, Portland General Electric
Tim Shibahara, Supervisor West Side Biological Services, Portland General Electric
John will provide an overview of the hydro licensing, What is a collaborative process? How long does it take? What are lessons learned? Nick and Tim will facilitate a site safety discussion and share facility history. Discuss complexity of operations with new operations restrictions, maintenance requirements with all new fish passage facilities. Discussion of Fish Passage system and tour of facilities.Site tours of River Mill Dam up to the upper end of North Fork Reservoir. Lunch will be provided, safety shoes and hard hats required for tour.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM
Wrap Up and Planning for Spring Environmental Strategies Meeting
Speaker: John McDonald, Environmental Specialist, NW Natural

4:00 PM 
Adjourn

Hotel + Travel

Courtyard by Marriott – Portland City Center
550 SW Oak Street
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503.505.5000

Among the most unique downtown hotels in Portland, Oregon, the Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center offers boutique charm & contemporary style. This downtown Portland, Oregon hotel reflects the distinct beauty of our urban home. We are proud to offer premium accommodations and services, as well as our newly renovated event space: Urban550. Centrally located, we offer an ideal location for both business travelers and leisure guests. Near the Pearl District, Pioneer Square and the Willamette riverfront, we are in the perfect place to see the most popular attractions. Happy to be a pet friendly hotel, we are also close to parks and outdoor areas. Enjoy our on-site fitness and business centers, or eat a delicious meal at our sophisticated restaurant, The Original. Whatever brings you to Portland, we look forward to welcoming you to our wonderful city!

Reservation Instructions
Please make your hotel reservations by calling the hotel directly at 800.606.3717. Reference Western Energy Institute Environmental Strategies to receive a special rate of $215 single/double plus state and local taxes. This rate is guaranteed to August 18, 2015 or until the WEI room block is full. Or make your reservations online.

Driving Directions From Portland International Airport to Courtyard by Marriott – Portland City Center (12.5 miles)

  • Head southwest on NE Airport Way – go 2.4 mi Merge onto I-205 S via the ramp to Salem/Portland/I-84 – go 3.1 mi
  • Take exit 21B to merge onto I-84 W/US-30 W toward Portland – go 5.4 mi
  • Take the I-5 S exit on the left toward Beaverton/Salem – go 0.3 mi
  • Keep right at the fork to continue toward Morrison Bridge – go 0.2 mi
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Morrison St/City Center and merge onto Morrison Bridge – go 0.4 mi
  • Continue on SW Washington St – go 0.2 mi
  • Turn right at SW 4th Ave – go 0.1 mi
  • Turn left at SW Oak St – go 150 yards
  • Destination will be on the left

Hotel Rose – this hotel is near the WTC, but does not have a pre-arranged discounted rate.
50 SW Morrison St
Portland,  OR 97204
Phone: 855.819.2921

Located Downtown, this hip, modern hotel across the street from the Waterfront Park Trail is a block from a MAX light rail station and a 7-minute walk from Oregon Maritime Museum. The chic rooms have 42-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and desks with ergonomic chairs, plus minifridges and Keurig coffeemakers. Some have private balconies or waterfront views. The sole suite adds a separate sitting room with a dining table. There’s a colorful restaurant and cocktail bar, a fitness center and free loaner bikes. Complimentary coffee and cakes are served in the lobby each afternoon. Dogs are welcomed with bowls, beds and treats (fee).

Meet The Speakers

Ben Hung

ANCHOR QEA, LLC

Senior Managing Engineer

Ken Austin

NW Natural

Gas Operations Superintendent

John McDonald

NW Natural

Environmental Specialist
Learn More

John is an Environmental Specialist for NW Natural Gas where he works to develop programs to address environmental compliance and management issues. Also, John provides construction/ operational support in site planning, site assessment, and environmental permitting. He holds a Political Science and Natural Resource Planning degree along with a Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Steve Weight

Questar Corporation

Environmental Coordinator

Angela Risdon

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Gas Operations Superintendent, Manager – Environmental Management – Generation

John Esler

Portland General Electric

Project Manager Clackamas Re-licensing

Nick Loose

Portland General Electric

Plant Manager West Side Hydro

Tim Shibahara

Portland General Electric

Supervisor West Side Biological Services

Angela Risdon

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager - Envionmental Ops

John Esler

Portland General Electric

Project Manager Clackamas Re-licensing

Nick Loose

Portland General Electric

Plant Manager West Side Hydro

Tim Shibahara

Portland General Electric

Supervisor West Side Biological Services