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.
Steve Weight, Environmental Coordinator, Questar Corporation
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
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.
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:
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM
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:
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
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
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
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Dinner on your own
7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
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
Courtyard by Marriott – Portland City Center
550 SW Oak Street
Portland, OR 97204
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!
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)
Hotel Rose – this hotel is near the WTC, but does not have a pre-arranged discounted rate.
50 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97204
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).
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).