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Forum News Service, Published December 25 2013

Dalrymple names members of advisory panel on pipeline safety

BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced Monday the members of an advisory panel on pipeline safety.

The 15-member panel that includes private-sector engineers, state and federal officials and energy industry leaders, will provide recommendations for the best technology to monitor and control oil and gas pipeline systems in the state, a news release from the governor’s office said.

“The work of this advisory panel is very focused, with the single goal of helping us identify the best technological solutions to enhance the monitoring and control of pipeline flows,” Dalrymple said in the release.

Pipeline safety has been pushed to the forefront in North Dakota, in part because of a 20,000 barrel oil leak from a pipeline near Tioga.

Smaller saltwater pipeline spills also have focused attention on their safety and regulation.

The panel’s members are:

- Niles Hushka, CEO, KLJ engineering

- Mike Seminary, business development manager, Houston Engineering

- Lynn Helms, director, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources

- Sandi Tabor, former North Dakota Transmission Authority director, director of government relations, KLJ engineering

- Wayne Armenta, workforce, safety and field operations, ONEOK Partners

- Kari Cutting, vice president, North Dakota Petroleum Council

- Arti Bhatia, director of pipeline and corridor risk management, Alliance Pipeline

- Patrick Fahn, director of compliance, North Dakota Public Service Commission

- Scott Fradenburgh, vice president of operations, WBI Energy

- Brent Horton, director of engineering for North Dakota, Enbridge Pipeline

- Mike McGrath, pipeline safety, performance and compliance, Alliance Pipeline

- Tad True, vice president, Bridger and Belle Fourche Pipeline

- Justin Kringstad, director, North Dakota Pipeline Authority

- Technical staff - North Dakota State University Center for Surface Protection, Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials

- Technical staff – federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration