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Pipeline Security and Asset Protection, A 4-Corners Approach: Corporate Security, Incident Response, Homeland Security, and Regulatory Compliance Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018


Registration Pricing

Single Registration: $749

Buddy Pass (2 registrants/all must register at the same time): $695 ea. (for total of $1390)

Team Pass (4 registrants/all must register at the same time): $625 ea. (for a total of $2500)

First Responder Pass (EMS, Fire, Police): $295


Companies with assets such as natural gas and electric, are part of what is deemed “critical infrastructure” of the United States.  Along with water, sewer, communications, transportation, etc., these entities are the fabric of what keeps the country safe and sustainable, with services that are vital, whether to individuals or the nation as a whole.  In North America and elsewhere, threats to critical infrastructure are increasingly common, whether from environmental activists wanting to impact a project or those with terrorist agendas wanting to impact society.

Since 9/11, there has been a national, dedicated focus on security and protection of both soft targets, like malls, and hard targets, like pipelines.  As such, not only are there additional resources and agencies in the intelligence and homeland security communities, but those resources have been made available to entities with assets deemed “critical infrastructure”.  However, the blueprint for communications between these entities and homeland security has been slow to evolve, both in terms of knowing who to contact and in developing a culture of trust between the public and private sectors.

Throughout this training, we will:

  • Cover what Critical Infrastructure Information is, from the history and review of both state and federal statutes and regulations creating and defining the same
  • Learn how to protect such information from falling into the wrong hands from a physical protection standpoint
  • Understand how to protect information submitted to regulatory bodies for permits and approvals, and how to utilize existing statutory protections
  • Recognize the pitfalls and potential from the Freedom of Information Act statutes in protecting submitted information to public permitting entities and stakeholders
  • Learn how to walk the line between outreach and notification requirements under state regulatory bodies, the FERC, RP 1162, and PHMSA in general, while not divulging Critical Infrastructure Information that should not be disseminated
  • Implement daily operational plans to identify, disseminate and protect information deemed Critical Infrastructure Information
  • Hear real world examples of legal protection strategies that courts will get behind, if necessary

The goal of this training is to effectively coordinate corporate security, incident response, Homeland Security, and regulatory compliance to form a cohesive asset security strategy.

Course Objectives

  • What to protect? Expanding the options for consideration
  • Provide a baseline understanding of the national fusion center concept and the information – sharing and intelligence mission
  • Explore the tools, technologies, and programs available and being utilized by State-Local-Tribal (SLT) agencies for homeland security asset protection
  • View pipeline safety and security through the lens of homeland security practitioners
  • Review actual pipeline challenges, successes, best practices
  • Making it work: real people, in near real time, from the ground up

Who Should Attend

  • Gas transmission, distribution, and operations personnel
  • Safety directors
  • Security directors
  • Risk managers
  • Project managers
  • Communications personnel
  • Pipeline contractor management and safety/security personnel
  • Any member of the first responder communities (law enforcement, fire/rescue, emergency medical services, homeland security and emergency management practitioners) whose jurisdiction covers natural gas pipeline operations


7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Critical Infrastructure Information:  Protecting Documents in a Post 9/11 World

Regulators are interested in transparency and outreach, increasingly proscribing notice and engagement procedures for pipeline companies to follow, such as PHMSA’s incorporation of RP 1162 into its natural gas regulations for stakeholder outreach. Although there is no way to prevent any company or asset from becoming a target, there are ways to mitigate exposure of information to those who can use it to do the industries and the nation harm.  Particular care must be made for O & M activities and capital projects, utilizing outside service providers who are privy to documents, plans, maps, blueprints, etc. that can be a roadmap to devastation if they fall into the wrong hands.

This presentation is intended to impart some information for companies to put protections in place with respect to Critical Infrastructure Information, starting with the history and regulatory background, through current statutes and safeguards, and how to create awareness and a culture of protection.

Beth R Minear, President, Global Project Solutions, LLC

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Morning Break

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Help Us Help You: Working with Local, State, and Federal Homeland Security Practitioners to Maximize Protection of Critical Infrastructure

This presentation is intended to inform attendees of what intelligence and information-sharing resources are available for ongoing response and planning, as well as for project specific concerns and incident response.  Knowing what information will be requested, how it can be protected from unwanted dissemination, how to include intelligence personnel in tabletop exercises, and how corporate security and federal-state-local partners can work together to effectively create a shield against assault, attack, and asset destruction will help companies put together their own security plans.  Making homeland security resources part of project planning can also help companies foresee and plan for targeting by opposition groups and protesters, saving money and the project timeline.

Key Elements In This Presentation Include:

  • Fusion Centers: an overview
  • Basics of information-sharing and intelligence
  • Designing your “Collaborative Web”
  • Building and maintaining trust
  • Protecting information-sharing: FOUO-LES-SBU-CUI-PCII-CVI-Need to know
  • Using homeland security outreach programs for project/business planning
  • Understanding perspective: HQ-to-Regional-to-Field
  • Making it work: regulations and reality

Bill Minear, West Virginia Director, Infrastructure Protection Programs

 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Group Lunch

 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. Overview of the Incident Command System

  • History of Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Regulatory applicability
  • ICS organization
  • ICS position descriptions
  • Command Staff Responsibilities
  • Incident facilities
  • Span of control
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • ICS forms & Incident Action Plan
  • Pipeline – Incident Command System Case Study Exercise
  • Review of actual pipeline incidents with application of ICS and strategic/tactical decision making
  • Debrief of exercises

Glen Boatwright, Director of Regulatory Compliance & Principal Consultant, York County Natural Gas Authority

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. Security Inside and Out: An Examination of Protection Strategy from the Corporate Security Perspective

Corporate security in general has long held an important role for energy, utility and infrastructure companies. However, there has been a stark evolution in the past generation of the complexity, frequency and expectations for sound, proactive defensive strategies that corporate security must master. Subsequent to September 11, 2001 corporate security faced significant new challenges. Now, with the rebound in the domestic energy industries, particularly the natural gas industry, the scope of the challenges are ever increasing. In addition to the threats from criminals and terrorists, corporate management and security professionals in the energy industry must be prepared to effectively and professionally manage their approach to opposition groups, including extremists that are intent on stopping projects. All these threats may include the potential impact of an active shooter or other events of workplace violence.

Key Items to be covered in this portion of the agenda:

Pipeline and energy industry security – Evolution in the US over the last 20 years.

Building an effective pipeline corporate security plan for your company that meets the expectations of TSA.

Structuring an effective risk assessment – a collaborative approach

Working with local, state and federal agencies

Security approaches to opposition groups

Workplace Violence – Are you ready if the worst case happens?

Gary Forman, CPP, CFE, PPS, Former Director of Security, NiSource Corporation

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Final Thoughts and Wrap Up

Our Instructors

Glen Boatwright, Director of Regulatory Compliance & Principal Consultant, York County Natural Gas Authority

Mr. Glen Boatwright has twenty-five years of experience in the energy industry, primarily focused in the natural gas pipeline sector in the safety, compliance and emergency planning/response areas. Mr. Boatwright currently serves as Director of Regulatory Compliance/Principal Consultant for York County Natural Gas Authority. In this capacity, he manages various pipeline and worker safety compliance programs as well as provides consulting to other energy providers. Prior to joining York County Natural Gas Authority, Mr. Boatwright worked for Black & Veatch and Nixon & Associates, focusing on assisting clients with emergency planning and response training consultation. Before becoming an industry consultant, Mr. Boatwright served as Project Manager for South Carolina Pipeline Corporation, an intrastate transmission pipeline operator. He managed the safety, emergency planning and response program for South Carolina Pipeline Corporation as well as operator qualification, integrity management, and pipeline compliance programs as well as serving on the SCANA Corporation emergency management team.

Prior to his service at South Carolina Pipeline Corporation, Mr. Boatwright was an emergency manager for one of the most populous counties in South Carolina; a jurisdiction that included a nuclear facility and large industrial base. He has broad experience in responding to numerous emergencies both as a hazmat technician and officer, firefighter and corporate counselor.

Mr. Boatwright has particular expertise as a trainer on emergency management, particularly in the Incident Command Structure and in conducting detailed mock emergency exercises. Over the past several years, he has been very active in promoting emergency planning and management in the energy industry through service on a variety of associations and industry committees. He also served as a technical advisor on the development of the National Association of State Fire Marshals’ Pipeline Emergencies training program. He is currently Chairman of the South Carolina Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative Steering Committee.

A 34 year member of the South Carolina Air National Guard where he holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Mr. Boatwright has served in a variety of roles including aircraft maintenance management, Inspector General and in his current position providing defense support to civil authorities during state-wide disasters.

Mr. Boatwright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina in Political Science and is based in Rock Hill, SC.

Gary Forman, CPP, CFE, PPS and Former Director of Security, NiSource Corporation

Gary Forman has over 40 years experience in the energy and security industries. Gary began his career as an engineer and with a focus on operations and engineering for over 25 years, he gained extensive experience in such areas as design, construction and operations of natural gas facilities. After the events of September 11, 2001, Gary shifted from operations to critical infrastructure security. He became Chief Security Officer for the Columbia Pipeline companies and then Director of Security for the NiSource Corporation. Prior to his retirement from full-time employment, he had responsibility for all facets of physical security for this nearly $9 billion electric and natural gas corporation. Gary gained extensive experience in areas such as security planning, risk assessments, workplace violence prevention and response, investigation of alleged wrong doing, and security support of capital projects.

In addition to internal corporate duties, Gary was actively involved as liaison with various state and federal agencies. Gary served as Chair of the American Gas Association (AGA) Security Committee, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) Security Committee, the Oil and Natural Gas Sector (Security) Coordinating Council (ONGSCC) and Pipeline Sector (Security) Coordinating Council. Gary was one of the co-authors of the Department of Energy’s Sector Specific Plan and provided significant input into the Transportation Security Administration’s Sector Specific Plan.

Mr. Forman holds a BS In Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from the University of Richmond. He holds numerous professional certifications including Certified Protection Professional, Certified Fraud Examiner, Registered Personal Protection Specialist and Registered Professional Engoneer. He has been recognized by both the Secretaries of the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security for his contributions to the nation’s energy industry.

Subsequent to his retirement, Gary has continued to be active in the security arena serving as a consultant. He currently works with Trident Shield with a focus on security planning and training programs in prevention and response to potential and actual workplace violence.

Beth R Minear, President, Global Project Solutions, LLC

Beth Minear is the President of Global Project Solutions Consultants (“GPS Consultants, LLC), a project strategy, land acquisition, stakeholder engagement, and regulatory compliance company, with more than 60 years of combined management expertise across the pipeline, utility, and public infrastructure fields.  She was formerly in-house counsel for 14 years for NiSource/Columbia Gas, representing Corporate Security as one of her primary clients.  Beth is frequently sought by companies early in the project planning stages, to evaluate potential routes from the landowner, stakeholder, land acquisition and likely opposition perspectives, and to provide recommendations on compliance regarding notice and outreach requirements required by regulators. Relevant to this presentation, Beth assists clients in state and federal permitting requirements, stakeholder engagement and outreach strategies and execution support, drafting portions of regulatory applications to provide jurisdictional bodies with the compliance information needed to aid in approval of project applications, and in title examination and land acquisition matters.  Finally, she advises clients on regulatory issues including FERC Order 1000 for the electric industry, FERC “Suggested Best Practices” for outreach and PHMSA compliance for pipelines and natural gas storage, particularly with respect to Public Awareness campaigns under RP 1162.


Bill Minear, West Virginia Director, Infrastructure Protection Programs

As a Military Authority employee, Bill supports all facets of the state’s homeland security and emergency management/response programs.  Serving as a long-standing partner with the West Virginia/Intelligence Fusion Center, he leads the public/private sector outreach mission for specialized education and information/intelligence-sharing.  Bill is the co-organizer of the Combined Intelligence Operations Center (CIOC), a joint information and intelligence collaboration between the WV National Guard J2 Intelligence Directorate, the WV Intelligence Fusion Center, and federal, state, local, and private sector partners.

Prior to his current homeland security position, Bill’s career combines over 40 years of emergency medical, fire/rescue, law enforcement, and industrial safety and security experiences.  A licensed WV Paramedic, he served as Williamstown Chief of Police, a Task Force Agent with Parkersburg Violent Crimes and Narcotics Task Force and held several Safety & Security Director positions for international EMC and Fortune 50 organizations.

He holds professional board certifications with ASIS International (Certified Protection Professional) and IAEM (Certified Emergency Manager).


September 25, 2018
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Piedmont Gas Energy Training Center, Charlotte, NC
Piedmont Gas Energy Training Center, Charlotte, NC


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