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SGA Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting & Construction

20 - 22 February 2018

ERM is attending and presenting at the Southern Gas Association’s Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction in Albuquerque, NM on Feb 20 - 22, 2018.

Navigating the environmental permitting process for energy projects can be a complex, involved process. At the 2018 SGA Technical Conference, environmental consultants will join other industry professionals and agency staff to share solutions and real-world case studies regarding the permitting process for natural gas pipeline projects. Attendees will hear more about the latest trends and developments in the industry that are presenting both challenges and opportunities. Topics will focus on environmental permitting and construction in the natural gas industry, and provide guidance on how to successfully navigate local, state and federal regulations.

Learn more about the SGA Technical Conference

ERM at the Conference

As a silver-level sponsor, ERM will be supporting the Technical Conference and sharing our insights on working with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) environmental permitting and construction. We will also be sharing best practices on communications for stakeholder engagement and building relationships

Wed. Feb 21: Track 2 - One Part FERC and Two Parts U.S. Forest Service - Comingling NEPA Reviews of Federal Agencies for a Natural Gas Transmission Project 
Christina Hoffman, Principal Consultant
Federal agency coordination can be beneficial for project applicants, but there can also be drawbacks and schedule implications.  Recent federal directives are aimed towards federal agencies working closely together to conduct environmental reviews and authorization processes in a coordinated, consistent, predictable, and timely manner.  This case study of a natural gas pipeline replacement will demonstrate the benefits of multiple agencies combining the NEPA processes, along with the challenges that federal agencies faced on this particular project.

Wed. Feb 21: Two Stakeholder Outreach Strategies: Planning Sustainable Community Investment Projects and Continuing Communication into Construction
Carla Picard, Partner
Carla will co-present with representatives from Enbridge and Dominion Resources on several strategies companies are using to enhance stakeholder relations before energy projects are underway and continuing into construction.

Read more about these and other sessions taking place at the conference

ERM’s Speakers

Christina Hoffman, Principal Consultant, ERM
Christina has over 20 years of experience in licensing and permitting capital projects at the local, state, and federal level. With an undergraduate degree in Plant Science and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, she combines her scientific background with her engineering training to focus on stormwater and wetlands. She manages multi-disciplinary teams and negotiates with regulatory agencies on behalf of our clients in the power (wind and solar), oil and gas (including FERC-regulated facilities), and mining sectors of our global economy. 

Carla Picard, Partner, ERM
Carla Picard is a Partner in ERM’s Pubic Affairs group and has more than 25 years of experience in conducting stakeholder outreach and delivering strategic communication solutions. She has extensive experience providing senior-level strategic counsel and developing and implementing public participation plans, including the design and delivery of community advisory groups, focus groups, and technical working groups, in addition to highly effective and well-attended open house events.  

Location

Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM

ERM at the Conference

ERM will be supporting the Technical Conference and sharing our insights in the following sessions:

Christina Hoffman, Principal Consultant, ERM
Christina will be speaking at Track 2: One Part FERC and Two Parts U.S. Forest Service - Comingling NEPA Reviews of Federal Agencies for a Natural Gas Transmission Project on Wed. Feb 21.

Carla Picard, Partner, ERM
Carla Picard will be speaking at Two Stakeholder Outreach Strategies: Planning Sustainable Community Investment Projects and Continuing Communication into Construction on Wed. Feb 21.