Vegetation Management along Gas Transmission Pipelines, Ryan Willis
Wednesday May 4th, 4:00pm, Utility Breakout “Electrical Parade”
In today’s political, environmental, and customer climates large established tree removal over underground facilities can be extremely difficult. The Community Pipeline Safety Initiative (CPSI) is in the third year of a five year program to increase safe access and emergency response to PG&E’s gas transmission pipelines. This session will focus on the development and implementation of a Vegetation Management reclamation program over 6,700 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline. The application of capturing tree inventory spatially, vetting the scope of work with internal stakeholders, presentation to city/county representatives, to final implementation and assessment of tree risk to the pipe will be reviewed.
Ryan Willis: Graduate of California State University, Humboldt with a BS degree in Forestry and minor in Environmental Ethics in 2001. Fifteen years of technical professional experience within the utility, natural resource, and vegetation management industries. Field experience ranges over the entire state of California from North Coast Redwoods, to Sierra Nevada Mixed Conifer Forests to the dense Chaparral vegetation communities of southern California. Currently focus is in vegetation management activities as it relates Gas Transmission pipeline.