The Group Members
Biographies were provided by the members.
Rosemary Ahtuangaruak lives in Barrow, Alaska. She is a tribal leader, working to protect our ocean. She is a tribal housing board member. She is a member of the North Slope Federal Subsistence Board Regional Advisory Council. She lived 24 years in Nuiqsut participating in local community meetings related to oil and gas development. She works to protect her community’s health and traditional cultural activities. She works as a tribal liaison with Alaska Wilderness League on an environmental justice grant for the OCS. She spent 14 years as a community health practitioner and attended the University of Washington Medex Northwest Physician Assistant program returning to the village to provide care.
Glenn R. Archambault is a property owner along an interstate gas pipeline. Glenn and his wife, Terri Magruder DVM., and son Malcolm (Mac), own and operate a sheep farm with 300-500 ewes and lambs in Phoenix, Oregon. Mr. Archambault has 30 years experience as a heavy equipment mechanic, welder/fitter, automotive electronics technician and has been employed in the mining, forest products, and agriculture industries. His Academic background includes diesel power management, metallurgy, welding technology, and automotive electronics. He has 15 years of experience with pipeline safety as a citizen volunteer and landowner dealing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the federal Office of Pipeline Safety, pipelines/ land use planning, and local and state government. Currently, he is a board member of the Pipeline Safety Trust and a task team member (Protecting Communities) of the Pipelines Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA).
Kimberly Archie is the Founder of the National Cheer Safety Foundation and USA Sport Safety, as well as the chairman of the board of the Gas Pipe Safety Foundation. Ms. Archie lead the safety crusade in youth sports with a media blitz of injury stories in 2008 from People magazine to the Washington Post that resulted in a Government Accountability Office investigation called by Congressional leaders into the youth sport safety crisis in America. She is an official research partner with the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, has testified numerous times at all levels of government on safety issues, organized numerous national safety events, pushed for stronger sport safety legislation on the national and state level, is a highly sought public speaker and independent source of sport safety information for news media, local government and sport parents. After the San Bruno gas pipe exploded in her best friend Kathy Ruigomez’ front yard in September 2010 she turned her passion to help do for infrastructure safety what has been done in sports. She has a degree in Political Science and Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino and is a legal consultant.
Theodora Bird Bear is a surface and mineral owner. She lives in rural Mandaree on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in western North Dakota and is a Hidatsa tribal member. She is a member of the Land Owner Association of Fort Berthold and a new board member of the Dakota Resource Council, a statewide, grass-roots organization concerned with environmental and health issues. Theodora had been approached numerous times for an easement/Right of Way for an oil and gas pipeline. Since 2007, the Bakken Shale formation has been – and continues to be – developed on the Fort Berthold Reservation through hydraulic fracturing. She is also a member of the Environmental Awareness Committee on Fort Berthold, which has been concerned about the potential environmental and health impacts from the Tribe’s proposed oil refinery. Theodora worked at the Minnetohe Indian Health Services Clinic for 19 years and then was a news/feature reporter for the New Town NEWS for 4 years, primarily covering the tribal government news. She is a current school board member and also has been on the School Improvement Committee for three years. She previously attended the University of Minnesota.
Cindy Bounds, affected property owner, Savannah, GA
Bruce Brabec is the stepfather of Liam Wood, who was killed in Olympic Pipe Line Company’s pipeline rupture and explosion in Bellingham, Washington in June 1999. Bruce was formerly the Executive Director of Northwest Youth Services in Bellingham. He and Liam’s mother, Marlene Robinson, were founding members of the Pipeline Safety Trust and have testified several times to Congressional committees in support of stronger regulation regarding pipeline safety. Bruce is the Treasurer of the Board of the Pipeline Safety Trust and is involved with the Liam Wood Flyfishers and River Guardians program, which was set up in memory and tribute to his stepson. He and Marlene live on the island of Bonaire in the southern Caribbean and both serve on the board of Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire.
Robin Carbaugh is the President of Carbaugh Associates, a sustainable urban planning, community and economic development firm. Her practice focuses on growing healthy, enterprising, dynamic and resilient communities through inclusive and integrative planning, design and policymaking approaches. Ms. Carbaugh’s work on a wide range of projects often involves addressing challenging and complex issues by means of network power decision-making, which helps distill clarity, and advance options and solutions. In June of 2010, Salt Lake City’s Mayor Ralph Becker appointed her as the Ombuds for the Red Butte Creek Oil Spill, where she continues to serve as an independent, informal, and confidential resource for people and groups who have concerns and interests related to the oil spills of June 2010 and December 2010. Her project work includes: Community Food Assessment for Salt Lake City, Weber State University Master Plan, Utah Governor’s Office, Utah Building and Energy Efficiency Strategies, High Performance Building Roundtable, and Financing Residential Energy Retrofit’s, the Historic American Landscape Survey of the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Robin serves on the Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council-Utah, the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Alliance, and the Utah Vest Pocket Business Coalition.
Susan M. Connolly is a resident of Marshall, Michigan where in July 2010 Line 6B of the Enbridge Lakehead System spilled approximately one million gallons of tar sand crude into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. The spill is the largest in mid-west history, the first of its kind, and has indefinitely impacted the environment and communities along the river way. I became involved as my family was impacted by the spill. Our children, who attended a childcare center within a half-mile from the river, and our family pet were sickened by the volatile airborne chemicals. Since the day of the spill I have been studying the impacts of a tar sand spill and questioning the regulations related to pipeline safety. I am a litigation paralegal of 23 years and apply my experience in research, data collection/FOIA requests and professional/open communication with agencies and community members. I have testified before Congress (Enbridge hearing), the State Department (Keystone XL), spoken at a National Press Conference (Keystone XL) and I volunteer with the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Forest Ethics.
Rebecca Craven serves as the Program Director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, and in that capacity as a member of the communications team for the Pipeline and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA). She regularly works with local governments in development of pipeline safety ordinances and responds to requests for pipeline safety information from concerned citizens. She previously served as a policy analyst for the Whatcom County Council (WA), working on a variety of resource and land use issues. She is an attorney, and practiced for many years in Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho, representing Alaska Native villages and Indian tribes in matters ranging from water rights, federal land management, and cultural resource protection to taxation and child welfare. She graduated from Carleton College with a degree in geology, and obtained a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law with a certification of completion in the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program.
Suzanne Cunningham is a mother of three, married to Scott Cunningham; lives on the Red Butte Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah, that Chevron leaked 36,000 gallons of crude oil in June, 2010. Chevron had a second oil spill six months later fifty feet from the creek, again, that spilled another 26,000 gallons of crude oil. Unfortunately, Chevron’s monitoring systems were not in place to catch the leaks. She and members of her family had to move out of their home for approximately two plus months; experience and continue to experience heightened sensitivities to the smells of petroleum, newsprint, tar, etc… She has been an criminal justice reform advocate for many years, locally and nationally, working on drug policy reform, representing Families Against Mandatory Minimums, Drug Policy Alliance, Open Society Institute, JEDI for Women (Justice, Economic Dignity, Independence for Women), Citizens for Penal Reform. Currently and for the past four years, Executive with Nu Skin Enterprises as a distributor, launching a new science that delves into the field of epigenetics – anti-aging.
Carole Dominguez is a Financial Reporting Accountant and Unclaimed Property Administrator for the University of the Pacific in Stockton CA. She is the mother of five children and lives with her youngest son Steven, 17. Carole is a member of TRAQC – Tracy Regional Alliance for a Quality Community, a grassroots citizen advocacy organization for smart growth in Tracy and San Joaquin County in California’s Central Valley region as well as a member of CARE – Californians for Renewable Energy. She is also a member of Californian’s Aware and California First Amendment Coalition, both of which educate and lobby for government agency transparency. When the City of Tracy attempted to locate a youth sports facility over three main transmission pipelines, Carole took action as an individual plaintiff and filed a complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission versus Pacific Gas & Electric Company. The case was ultimately settled and represented a complete victory for Carole and the interveners. As result the Tracy City Council abandoned its pursuit of the location. Unfortunately, the City of Tracy has continued its plans to develop over the same pipelines by approving a 2,250 home development and aquatic center, which was successfully challenged by TRAQC. Carole remains active on pipeline issues and would like to see the waiver provisions in the Pipeline Safety Act repealed.
Clare Donohue is a New York City-based kitchen and bath designer living a secret life as an activist. Having grown up in rural New York State, she became involved in the fight against Marcellus gas drilling. In January of 2011, she helped found Sane Energy Project, a grassroots group working to stop the proposed Spectra pipeline and promote renewable energy solutions. Clare is also a member of NYC-based United for Action, and upstate NY-based CDOG/ unnaturalgas.org, the first group to call for a permanent ban on fracking in NY State.
Steve Epstein is the vice-president of the Hallmark-Camelot-Highland Terrace Neighborhood Association in Fort Worth, Texas which is located in the Barnett Shale. Three multi-well pad sites are in or adjacent to the neighborhood. The well sites are used for fracking horizontal natural gas wells. When a natural gas gathering line was constructed in our neighborhood last year, information on safety, maintenance and monitoring issues from the Pipeline Safety Trust was helpful as we met with our city government about our safety concerns. With this information, we were able to get some safeguards in the agreements between the city and the pipeline company but also learned that more safeguards are in place in other areas of the country. Steve is also an officer in the non-profit Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations and would like to disseminate safety information to other neighborhoods affected by the Barnett Shale.
Lynda K. Farrell is Founder and Executive Director of Pipeline Safety Coalition (PSC), a Pennsylvania non profit formed to “gather and serve as a clearinghouse for factual, unbiased information; to increase public awareness and participation through education; to build partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government and industry; and to improve pubic, personal and environmental safety in pipeline issues.” Lynda’s first encounter with gas pipelines occurred in 1992 when an unannounced “smart pig” rumbled below her feet while farming. Unaware she was practicing industry protocol, she “Ran like Hell” but soon became a grassroots advocate for pipeline education. PSC’s roots were planted in 2008 by Lynda and fellow citizens who vowed to form a coalition dedicated to preventing others from enduring the frustration and loss that comes from being disenfranchised. A graduate of Susquehanna University with a BA in English, Lynda taught in Special Education schools before honing skills in marketing, management, grant writing and farming. A certified therapy dog handler, Lynda and her Aussie, Phoebe, volunteer at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Center. A circa 1750 stone bank house tucked in the woods is solace to Lynda, husband Steve, two dogs and hens; Tina Fey, Thelma, Louise, Mae West and Betty Davis.
John M. Gaadt, AICP is an environmental and land use planning consultant with over 29 years of professional experience. Currently he heads a successful consulting practice located in Chadds Ford, PA. GAADT PERSPECTIVES, LLC specializes in environmental and land use planning issues, including the creation of strategies to protect natural resources, preserve open space, mitigate environmental impacts and encourage sustainable development. He has written extensively on environmental and land use issues and has been a speaker at numerous conferences and workshops. He is licensed through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and maintains memberships in the American Planning Association (APA), the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), the American Planning Association – Pennsylvania Chapter, and the American Planning Association – Delaware Chapter. John has a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Environmental Planning and a Bachelors degree from West Virginia University in Geography, Planning and Energy Resources. He has two children and actively pursues interests in music, biking, scuba diving, hiking, kayaking, books and film.
Ben Gotschall provides Pipeline Outreach for Bold Nebraska. Ben was born and raised on a cattle ranch in the Sandhills of southwest Holt County, Nebraska. Although most of his occupations have been agricultural, he has also published a full-length book of poetry and taught college English. He continues to maintain a connection to the Sandhills, running his own cattle business and helping his family manage the ranch, while finding the time to write, play music, and work on behalf of farmers and ranchers with the Nebraska Farmers Union and other organizations.
JoAnne Gurley, Municipal attorney, City of Southfield, Michigan, member of PROTEC. (See Michael Watza).
Peter Hayes, affected property owner, Salt Lake City, UT
Robert W. Hill is the Brookings County, South Dakota Development Department Director. He previously served for 9 years as the County’s Planning, Zoning and Drainage Director. He has been involved in siting three wind tower projects. A 300 megawatt Natural Gas Energy Conversion Facility, with an associated transmission pipeline is currently under construction in his county. He was a member of the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) Protecting Transmission Pipeline (PTP) Team, representing the National Association of County Planners (NACP), as an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (NACo). He is retired from the U.S. Army and has a MS and BS in Geography from South Dakota State University (SDSU).
Mike Holmstrom is an electronics technician from San Jose, Calif., and is the father of 4 children. He became interested in learning about pipelines after seeing various pipeline facilities during his travels. He studied a number of NTSB Pipeline Accident Reports at various repositories, & also studied pipeline trade journals. His concerns rose when “connecting the dots” factors were cited in pipeline accident reports. While living in Southern California, he heard about the pipeline explosion resulting from a train derailment clean up in San Bernardino in 1989, that took 2 lives, & he was able to see the smoke from the disaster at his workplace. In 2004, he discovered the safepipelines Yahoo Group, & has commented & posted news there frequently. He met with other activists in 2005 in Bellingham at the start up of the Pipeline Safety Trust. He added a great deal of information to the Wiki US Pipeline Accidents section online, using online newspapers to fill in for incidents before the start up of OPS in 1968. He also contributes info & news to fracking safety groups. His hobbies are Amateur Radio, trying out quality sodas, computer gaming, & family history.
Joe Humphrey recently formed his own private consulting firm to handle public interest advocacy. This venture grew out of his work in organizing and running the first-ever gas pipeline safety conference in Connecticut. In the coming year, he intends to deepen his knowledge of the safety and environmental issues surrounding the development of the Marcellus shale formation, especially in Pennsylvania where he hopes to be of assistance to civic organizations in communicating their concerns to the public. His professional career has spanned forty years, almost half with New York City banks, and encompasses extensive managerial experience as well as consulting to the financial industry on information technology issues that impacted product development, marketing and strategic planning. In the 1970s, Joe created an oil and gas group, which would become a new lending division for his bank. The knowledge he gained from this experience has stayed current through constant monitoring of global economic and technology-oriented industry developments. Joe’s education includes undergraduate degrees in economics and philosophy as well as advanced degrees in law and business administration. His personal pursuits span a wide range of outdoor activities as well as artistic endeavors such as professional singing of classical music.
Bill Hughes, Wetzel County Action Group, West Virginia
Jeffrey Insko writes and maintains the Line 6B Citizens’ Blog (http://grangehallpress.com/Enbridgeblog/), a resource for Michigan landowners affected by the Enbridge Line 6B pipeline replacement project. He and his wife Katy Bodenmiller became active with pipeline safety after negotiating with Enbridge for the use of their property. The Line 6B blog seeks to help inform property owners and encourage greater scrutiny of the project on the part of landowners and public officials alike. In addition to his public advocacy efforts, Jeff is also part of the Pipeline Safety Trust New Voices Project and a member of the Protect Our Land and Rights Legal Defense Fund (POLAR), a non-profit fund established by concerned landowners to assist those facing condemnation of their property.. Jeff holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is an Associate Professor of American Literature at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
Rebecca Johnson brings 24 years of non-profit sector management and governance experience to the PST Board. She spent the last 12 years in public health clinic management and now consults with a Community Link Consulting, a firm in Spokane, Washington that specializes in federally qualified health centers management. Rebecca has a Masters in Non-Profit Leadership from Seattle University, a Graduate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts Humanities from Washington State University. A resident of Bellingham, Washington, her connection to the PST is personal. The 1999 Olympic Pipeline explosion occurred behind her home, and took the lives of 10 year olds Wade King and Stephen Tsiorvas, both neighbors and schoolmates of her children, and Liam Wood whose stepfather was the executive director of a youth agency where Rebecca was a board member.
Eileen Juico, Chester County , PA. Consultant educating local communities on pipeline safety.
Mary Kelleher is an affected landowner turned pipeline safety advocate. Mary has testified before the Sunset Review in Austin, Texas in support of a stronger state governing agency (Texas Railroad Commission) and some of her pipeline work was presented before the Texas legislature in support of the Texas fracking disclosure bill. Mary has a degree in Educational Psychology and has been employed by the Tarrant County Juvenile Services for 20 years. Mary lives on a 12 acre farm in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and various farm animals.
Jane Kleeb, editor and founder, Bold Nebraska.
Emily Krafjack is the County, Municipal and Environmental Liaison of Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Institute for Energy & Environmental Research for Northeastern Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the Northern Tier Regional Planning & Development Commission, “Stronger Economies Together” Land Use Work Group. Emily strives to be a centrist about natural gas development recognizing both the challenges and the benefits for Marcellus Shale communities, promoting balance between the environment, public health and safety, community and the needs of industry, while maintaining rural and agricultural integrity. Emily has been very active on a variety of Marcellus Shale issues including advocating for improved regulations pertaining to Class 1 Area Gathering Lines/Pipeline Safety in Pennsylvania. Emily has lived in Wyoming County for most of her life and presently has three Marcellus Shale Natural Gas wells within a few hundred feet of her home, along with many others within a three mile radius. Marcellus Shale pipeline infrastructure is just beginning permitting and placement in Wyoming County. Emily has B.S. degree from Misericordia University and has attended Wilkes University in pursuit of an MBA. She serves as the Mehoopany Township Secretary of the Board of Auditors.
Jon and Bonnie Kruse are members of the Seward County Groundwater Guardian Team in Seward, Nebraska. They both became involved with pipeline safety in 2006 when they learned that the first TransCanada Keystone pipeline route was to cross their farm and the well-head protection area of the City of Seward directly underneath 4 of the City of Seward water mains. With the support of the Seward League of Women Voters, the Seward Citizens on Pipeline Route Committee, the Seward GFWC Woman’s Club and the Pipeline Safety Trust two public forums were held concerning pipeline safety. The Seward Citizens on Pipeline Route Committee was formed to educate and support the local Seward City Council and the Seward County Commissioners. Although two of the Committee’s alternate routes to avoid the well-head protection area were rejected by the US Department of State, the Committee and the City Council were successful in forcing TransCanada to treat the City of Seward well-head protection area as a High Consequence Area. In 2006 Bonnie Kruse and the Seward League of Women Voters exposed the lack of pipeline legislation in the State of Nebraska, and continued to work for pipeline legislation that was finally enacted in a Special Session of the Nebraska Unicameral in November of 2011 stimulated by the TransCanada XL Pipeline. Both Bonnie and Jon have testified at US Department of State scoping meetings. You can see our testimonies to the US Department of State in Lincoln Nebraska on Sept 27, 2011 by googling Bonnie Kruse You Tube, and John Kruse You Tube. Bonnie also testified at the Special Session of the Nebraska Unicameral concerning pipeline legislation. You can read that testimony online by googling Bonnie Kruse League of Women Voters LB 1, 3, 4, 5. Jon has a degree in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska and Bonnie has a degree from Concordia University in Education. They are both Rotarians. Jon retired after 41 years of service to United Farmers Cooperative. Bonnie is a past Nebraska State President of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. They both work for Region V for people with disabilities. They have four grandchildren.
Terry Marasco is a member of the Utah Clean Air Alliance and The Great Basin Water Network and lives in Salt Lake City working as a volunteer community activist. He personally started the fight against what is knows as the Las Vegas Water grab whereby Las Vegas wants to pump groundwater from the Snake Valley in eastern NV, one of the driest valleys in the nation. Terry owns a resort there (silverjackinn.com) and is a stakeholder. He brought the battle to Utah as the valley is mostly in UT and lobbies against the project regularly in the Utah legislature. He joined the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment battling the water grab and air pollution issues in Utah. Terry served on the pipeline work group in Salt Lake when the Chevron pipeline bust in the city on a creek (Red Butte spill)
Mark McDonald is the President of the New England Gas Workers Association (NEGWA) and “NatGas Consulting”. These positions have him at the forefront of natural gas industry issues, where he has over twenty years experience. Mark develops and directs legislative agendas affecting labor and gas industry regulations, including testifying before legislative committees and serving as the media point person with regards to accidents and existing hazardous conditions that warrant changes in regulatory structure and improving existing practices. Mark also serves as an expert witness in legal proceedings relative to his industry expertise and as a consultant to municipalities and elected officials regarding natural gas safety. Prior to his employment in the natural gas distribution industry Mark worked in the aviation field. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, leaving with an honorable discharge and joining the Department of Defense to work on classified matters relating to the U.S. aviation industry. Mark has served as a moderator for renowned gas industry workshops and has discussion experience on numerous panels at the national level, where he provides various perspectives on natural gas operations such as leak grading and investigations, underground repairs, gas infrastructure installations andemergency responses.
Deb Miller is a wife, mom, grandma, self-employed event planner and cancer patient. Together with her husband Ken, they own a carpet store in Ceresco, Michigan. With over 800ft. of combined river frontage on the Kalamazoo River, her residence is located 400 ft. downstream of the Ceresco Dam while the business property is located immediately above the dam. In 2010, after a Enbridge pipeline broke spilling more than 840,000 gallons of tar sand oil into a field, creek and eventually the Kalamazoo River, Mrs. Miller testified in Washington, DC before a CongressionalHearing on the impact of the Enbridge oil spill and its effects on the river, environment, wildlife, economy, current health effects and long term health concerns. She remains focused on bringing awareness to the need for stronger pipeline safety regulations that are reflective of the specific products running through it, effective oversight as well as the need to study and understand the long term health effects of these products when a disaster occurs.
Anthony Moscarelli is a retiree from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has resided in Suisun City, California for twenty-three years. His residential housing subdivision borders a pipeline corridor that supplies Travis Air Force Base with over forty year old 16″ and a 32″ buried high-pressure natural gas pipelines. He also has two military pipelines that run parallel to the natural gas pipelines through his backyard. He lives about one mile from Travis Air Force Base. He formed a local safety organization in partnership with the Tides Center to do a Community grant study on those aging pipelines. Their study was the only technical type of its kind assessing the mechanical/engineering aspects of the pipelines. The study found many of the shortcomings presented by the NTSB before the San Bruno pipeline blast report in pointing out the lack of Public Safety concerns that the Government and PG&E Officials have shown towards aging pipelines. He feels that there are many other questions that need to be answered regarding Pipeline Safety for the good of the public. Him and his wife love to spend their time vacationing by a lake. He also enjoys shooting target archery.
Linda Phillips, Legislative consultant on Hazardous Materials, League of Women Voters of California, Santa Barbara, CA
Kristen Pope is the Campaign Coordinator for CO TAPS (Citizen Oversight of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline), a coalition effort of “Citizens for the safe transportation of oil and gas from the North Slope to Valdez”. Kristen has a Master’s degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University in Northern California. More information on CO TAPS is available at: www.akpipelinesafety.org
Deborah Rogers began her career at the age of eighteen as an International Fashion Model and Cover Girl for Eileen Ford in New York. From there she was sent to Europe where she eventually worked in Corporate Finance in London. After returning to the States, she started the dairy, Deborah’s Farmstead, on land that she and her husband bought from her Grandfather, turning it back into a working farm. Deborah has a herd of 85 dairy goats and makes artisanal cheeses, which have won several national awards and much acclaim. She currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. More about why Deborah got involved is here
Dr. Alan Rosenfield had a thirty-year career at Battelle Memorial Institute, where he established himself as an internationally-recognized authority on the fracture resistance of engineering materials. His work emphasized energy-related applications of steels, including those used in supertankers, natural-gas transmission pipelines, and nuclear reactors. He wrote a textbook chapter on fracture prevention for the Open University (UK) and helped develop a standardized test for fracture resistance of steels and welds. He was a member of the Battelle team that evaluated the cost of fracture to the US economy. As a result of his Battelle career, he received a Certificate of Commendation from Governor Celeste and was named a fellow of ASM International. In 2002 Dr. Rosenfield became the Radiation Protection Specialist of the League of Women Voters of Ohio and was later appointed to the Radiation Advisory Council of the Ohio Department of Health by Governor Taft. He became the League’s Energy Specialist in 2007. He directed League surveys of energy conservation by local governments and of the amount of renewable energy in Ohio. He has testified before Ohio Legislative Committees on energy policy. In 2011, Dr. Rosenfield was an invited attendee at Gov. Kasich’s 21st Century Summit.
Kim Savage is a Michigan real estate and right of way attorney, specializing in resolving landowner/utility disputes. Kim has been heavily involved in negotiations (and condemnation litigation) with Enbridge for more than a year, on behalf of more than 70 landowners impacted by the Line 6B replacement project. Kim has 15 years of utility experience, including hands-on utility design and construction experience, as well as five years experience working as a right of way attorney in Michigan utility legal departments. Kim holds three degrees from Michigan State University – a J.D., an M.A. in Accounting/Taxation, and a B.A. in General Business Administration. Kim also holds an M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University. Kim’s law firm is called Savage Law PLC, and her office is in Haslett, Michigan.
Bob Sarvey, Pipeline safety advocate, Tracy, CA
Gabe Scott has worked as Alaska Field rep for Cascadia Wildlands since 1998, and is currently finishing law school at Tulane in New Orleans. He acted as lead advocate in an administrative challenge of the oil spill contingency plan for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), helped launch a coalition effort for Regional Citizen Advisory Council covering the TAPS, and has recently been involved doing legal work on the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Currrently living in New Orleans, Gabe will be heading home to Cordova, Alaska, summer of 2012.
Larry Smith is a semi-retired equine veterinarian living on a 120 acre horse farm in SW Pennsylvania. Washington County, PA. has become the hub of Marcellous gas activity. I am for responsible natural gas development and currently have the farm leased to Range Resources. I am the father of four children, and live with my wife Mary, and daughter Hunter on the farm. We became very interested in interstate pipeline issues when our property, along with several neighbors, were taken by eminent domain for an interstate natural gas pipeline right of way. After trying to work with the company and FERC it became obvious the siting is determined entirely by the pipeline company, and there was no negotiations with the pipeline company concerning pipeline location or compensations. As a consequence all of our buildings are within the Potential Impact Radius (PIR) of this line and the right of way through the woods behind our home has opened a once secluded, secure farm to roads on either end. We went to a Board of View and after receiving the Board’s opinion the pipeline’s counsel tried to negotiate a lower amount with my attorney. We appealed and are awaiting a jury trial.
Luke Temple is a Community Organizer and part-time Lobbyist in the SD State Legislature for Dakota Rural Action (DRA). I have lived and worked in a wide variety of places. I grew up in southwestern Colorado; I received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. After a stint travelling and volunteering around Southeast Asia, I interned with Western Organization of Resource Councils in Washington, D.C. and moved to Brookings, South Dakota in 2009. DRA is a grassroots non-profit working on a wide variety of issues, mostly concentrating on family agriculture, conservation, energy transportation and small scale electrical production. Our work is dedicated on protecting our family farmers and ranchers, natural resources, and unique way of life. DRA became very involved with pipeline issues about four years ago. DRA helped organize over half of the landowners crossed by the Keystone XL pipeline in South Dakota to negotiate as a whole, receiving slightly better easement stipulations than they would have negotiating individually. Through these efforts we became aware of the many inadequacies of pipeline safety and oversight at the state and federal level.
Michael and Nina Vought both work at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2006 they hand-built their dream home on Red Butte Creek less than a mile from the college where they work. In one of life’s great ironies the “green” home they designed and built was free of all off-gassing and chemical odors and was ventilated and cooled solely by the naturally occurring breezes that arise off the creek. On June 11, 2010, 35,000 gallons of oil were released into the picturesque creek behind their home, changing their lives forever. After vacating their home for over two months the Vought family returned only to experience recurring illness and a torrent of mixed signals and advice from the medical and governmental authorities to which they turned for assistance. Well over a year after the original spill, the area directly behind the Vought property has yet to be cleaned and the family is forced to consider their backyard off limits.
Beth Wallace is the Community Outreach Regional Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation at their Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Beth works on the Energy and Climate teams providing community organization and outreach for initiatives that support and protect communities, natural resources and wildlife. She has been the lead organizer for the Great Lakes Regional Centers response to the Kalamazoo River oil spill, working to ensure proper response and accountability. Beth also helps to coordinate large regional events like the Great American Backyard Campout, lobby days and the annual Healing Our Waters Conference. Prior to NWF, Beth worked as the International Student Representative with Indiana University South Bend where she was also an active member of the Campus Environmental Planning Team. Beth holds a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University and is currently attending Eastern Michigan University for a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Professionals. Beth’s National Wildlife Federation blog can be found here.
Michael J. Watza is Co-Chair of the Governmental and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups at Kitch, a full service Law firm based in Detroit, with offices in Lansing, Marquette, Mt. Clemens, Chicago, Ill. and Toledo, OH. Mr. Watza’s practice provides litigated, legislative and regulatory solutions on behalf of municipal, non profit and private sector clients concerning Complex Litigation, Governance Issues, Telecommunications and Energy. Michael has represented clients in State and Federal trial and appellate courts across Michigan as well as attended to regulatory matters before the Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan Tax Tribunal, Department of Labor and Economic Growth and the Federal Communications Commission. Michael has represented clients in the halls of the Michigan Legislature and Congress through negotiation, drafting and testimony regarding legislation on various issues including energy, transmission line siting, telecommunications, cable, pipeline regulation, the formation of inter-governmental authorities and tort reform. Michael also serves as General Counsel to PROTEC and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a member of the NATOA National Board, the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Covenant House Central School Board in Detroit, Chairman of the Novi EDC, Chairman of Attorney Grievance Commission Grievance Panel #9, Immediate Past Chairman of the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar and Council Member of the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar. Michael is an adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University Law School having taught Communications Law and Policy and Ethics and the Practice of Law. Mchael was unable to join us for our June meeting, but PROTEC was represented by Ms. Joanne Gurley.
Carl Weimer is the Executive Director of the national Pipeline Safety Trust. He also serves on the Governor appointed Washington State Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety, as a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee, and the steering committee for the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance. Carl has testified numerous times to both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on pipeline safety issues, organized six national pipeline safety conferences, pushed for stronger pipeline safety legislation on the national and state level, runs the national Safe Pipelines and LNG Safety listserves that include over 800 people from around the country, and regularly serves as an independent source of pipeline safety information for news media, local government, and citizens around the country. Carl was elected in 2005 and again in 2009 to the Whatcom County Council. He has a degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Education from the University of Michigan, as well a degree in Industrial Electronics Technology from Peninsula College. He has 2 grown daughters, and lives along a salmon stream near Ferndale WA with his wife of 30 years, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a flock of chickens.
Robert Whitesides has served on the Board of Directors of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council since 2000. During this time the Council’s primary concentration has been on the remediation of the Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site, one of the largest PCB contaminated sediment site in the United States. He has represented the Council on the Michigan Statewide Public Advisory Council, which advises the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment and was established under the U.S. – Canadian International Joint Commission for the Great Lakes. Subsequent to graduating from Harvard College in Economics, he served five and half years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, as a Nuclear Weapons Officer and as an intelligence analyst. After naval service, he completed an MBA at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Employment with Crowley Maritime led eventually to the Middle East and employment in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Dubai and Oman. Prior to retirement in 2009 he worked in pulp and paper industry operations training as a consultant in North America and Asia. He has also retired from blue water sailing, having raced on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Arabian Gulf, and Lake Michigan.
Elizabeth (“Libby”) Barker Willis is a community volunteer recently re-elected to a third term as President of the Fort Worth League of Neighborhoods, an umbrella organization of neighborhood organizations across the city. A past president of the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association in Fort Worth, she led that group to local and national neighborhood awards. She has led the League’s efforts on gas drilling issues to neighborhoods since 2008. She wrote the application for the DOT/PHMSA grant to produce “The State of Natural Gas Pipelines in Fort Worth” report researched and written by Carl Weimer and Richard Kuprewicz in 2010. She is currently serving on a City panel examining whether wastewater disposal wells should be allowed inside the Fort Worth city limits. Libby spent her professional career in historic preservation, serving as the first director of the Southwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Fort Worth. She was also the first executive director of Preservation Texas, which initiated the successful multi-million dollar grant program for renovation of Texas’ 225 historic county courthouses. She is a Registered Parliamentarian and earned both a Bachelor’s degree in English and French magna cum laude and a Master’s degree of International Journalism from Baylor University. She is married to Doyle Willis, Jr., a retired attorney and former judge, and they have two college age sons.
Chris Wynnyk Wilson is a first generation Ukrainian-American. She has a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from Manhattan College, NYC. She has worked for Union Carbide in the Engineering Products and Processes Division, engineering and sales support and at Asea Brown Boveri as a process control engineer. Chris has been an Environmental Advocate for 20 years. She has formed and run Citizen Environmental groups in Arizona and Texas; Won a highly contested environmental permit case in the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, pro-se, regarding an experimental domestic wastewater project next to her sons elementary school; served on th Board of Texas Campaign for the Environment; has been involved in two cycles of the State of Texas Sunset Review of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; testified at Texas Legislature regarding environmental bills and regulations; has been active in assisting other citizen groups with domestic wastewater permitting issues at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Currently Chris works for Public Citizen Texas as a consultant on the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline that would run through East Texas to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast, and the Seaway reversal and other pipeline issues in Texas.
Dr. Roberta Winters has served as Vice President for Issues and Action on the State Board of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA) since June 2011. During her prior two years on the LWVPA Board, she coordinated the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Extraction Study Guides for LWVPA and chaired the study group that recently completed the addenda to these guides on Pipelines and Pooling. In her voluntary role with the League, Roberta has worked to help educate the citizens of Pennsylvania and LWV members in neighboring states regarding the evolving opportunities and challenges of natural gas extraction. In 2006, Roberta retired from her elementary school teaching position in the Radnor Township School District. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University, an M.A.T. in Science Education from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Roberta is a native Rhode Islander who resides in Bryn Mawr, PA with her husband Tom, a professor in the Music History Department at West Chester University. They are the parents of two daughters, both of whom hold advanced degrees in environmental science.
Regulatory and Industry Advisors
Eric J. Amundsen is VP and Chief Asset Integrity Officer for Panhandle Energy. He is responsible for all technical and integrity aspects of Panhandle Energy’s asset operations. Panhandle Energy owns and operates 15,000 miles of interstate and offshore Gulf of Mexico transmission pipelines and one of the nation’s largest LNG import terminals. In his 29 years of professional experience, Mr. Amundsen has held direct leadership positions in the areas of pipeline construction management and quality assurance, pipeline materials qualification, pipeline integrity management, compression asset reliability and field technical operations for a variety of interstate natural gas transmission companies under the Panhandle umbrella of companies. Mr. Amundsen has been on the Pipeline Research Council International’s Board of Directors since 2005, and currently serves as the Chairman. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1982 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Darin Burk is the Pipeline Safety Manager for the Illinois Commerce Commission
Bill Byrd is founder and principal of RCP Inc., and engineering and regulatory consulting firm serving the energy pipeline industry. Mr. Byrd enjoys a solid reputation for working with the public, corporate executives, legal representatives and regulatory agencies to resolve complex regulatory, integrity management, safety, and compliance management issues. He has a broad background in engineering, operations, management, economics and regulatory affairs. Mr. Byrd graduated with honors from Georgia Tech with B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in four states.
Susan Fleck is Vice President of Standards, Policies and Codes for National Grid, an international energy company based out of London, UK. In her current role, she manages the development and implementation of engineering standards and work methods for the US Gas and Electric organizations. She is also responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key external stakeholders. On November 2010, Ms. Fleck was appointed to serve on the US Department of Transportation’s Technical Pipeline Safety Standards Committee as an industry representative. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA (Finance) from Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Ms. Fleck is a long time member of the American Gas Association, where she is on the Operations Managing Committee. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Richard Kuprewicz has over 35 years experience in the energy industry offering special focus on appropriate pipeline design and operation in areas of unique population density or of an environmentally sensitive nature. He is currently a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation Technical Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Safety Standards Committee (THLPSSC) and is the past chairman of the Washington State Citizens Committee on Pipeline Safety. He is a chemical engineer, experienced in production, pipeline, and refinery design, construction, operation, maintenance, risk analysis, management, acquisition, and hazard analysis. He has also authored many papers on pipeline safety, both nationally and internationally.
David Lykken is the state director of pipeline safety, of the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). Lykken has been with the UTC pipeline safety program for 12 years, most recently as chief engineer. Prior to joining the UTC, Lykken spent 20 years with Puget Sound Energy’s natural gas utility. The UTC regulates the safety practices of 28 pipeline companies and more than 23,000 miles of underground petroleum and natural gas pipelines. Lykken supervises safety inspectors, engineers and policy specialists. Lykken, 54, lives in Chehalis with his wife, Sue, and has three grown children.
Craig O. Pierson is President for Marathon Pipe Line LLC. Before, he worked in various operations management positions for Marathon with responsibilities over Gulf Coast operations and the commissioning and the start-up of Centennial Pipeline. He was Operations Manager and Facilities Design Manager for a two-phase development of the Sakhalin Project, which included the offshore and onshore production facilities and pipelines and the oil export terminal. He has worked in various locations in the U.S. and overseas (Syria and Russia).
Randy Stansberry, P.E. is Region Manager for Marathon Pipe Line’s Ohio Valley Region headquartered in Findlay, Ohio. He is responsible for safely maintaining and operating Marathon’s pipelines in Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1979 with a degree in Civil Engineering and earned an MBA from the University of West Georgia in 1985. He has worked within the pipeline industry for 33 years including various assignments at Plantation Pipe Line, Colonial Pipeline and Marathon Pipe Line. He is currently a member of the API Performance Excellence Team and has been active in the API Pipeline Section throughout much of his career. During the 1990s, he led a workgroup under the API Committee on Environment, Health and Safety which worked with various federal agencies and public interest groups to develop the regulatory definition of “unusually sensitive areas” for application with integrity management programs. Any opinions expressed in the newsgroup represent his personal thoughts as an industry participant who is passionate about pipeline safety. They do not represent the positions of his current employer, past employers or any industry association.