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iPIPE Receives Chairman's Stewardship Award

At the 2019 Annual Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Conference, the Intelligent Pipeline IntegrityProgram (iPIPE) received the Chairman’s Stewardship Award for Environmental Partnership.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, 2019 IOGCC Chairman, presented the stewardship award to iPIPE at this year’s conference.

“By harnessing the power of technology and public-private partnerships, iPIPE is making great strides toward solutions to the problem of pipeline leaks or spills within the gathering system in our state,” said Governor Burgum, who also chairs the North Dakota Industrial Commission. “We appreciate IOGCC members for recognizing the efforts made by industry and the Industrial Commission to address this important issue through innovation, and congratulations to all of the program partners.”

Since its inception in 1935, the IOGCC Commission has voiced the need for sound oil and natural gas environmental policy. In 2001, the Commission initiated the annual Chairman's Stewardship Awards, which represent the Commission's highest honor for exemplary efforts in environmental stewardship. The awards recognize achievement and challenge organizations, companies and individuals nationwide to demonstrate innovation, dedication and passion for our environment.

IOGCC membership is comprised of governors of oil and gas producing states, as well as appointed representatives. Other affiliates include the Dept. of Energy, Dept. of the Interior, EPA, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

“It’s an honor that the efforts of iPIPE received this recognition for innovation, dedication and passion for the environment,” said Brent Lohnes, general manager in North Dakota for Hess Corporation and iPIPE consortium partner. “With our core industry partners, iPIPE has embraced the best of new technologies and is improving the safety of pipeline operations.”

As a consortium program, iPIPE is currently actively directed by nine members and one cost-match partner, including Andeavor, DCP Midstream, Enbridge, Equinor, Goodnight Midstream, Hess Corp., Oasis Midstream Partners, ONEOK, Whiting Petroleum, and the North Dakota Industrial Commission (cost-match partner).


About iPIPE

iPIPE is an industry-led consortium whose focus is to contribute to the advancement of near-commercial, emerging technologies to prevent and detect gathering pipeline leaks. The program is a direct response to North Dakota Governor Burgum’s May 2017 challenge to industry to think outside the box and apply new technology to address the challenge of eliminating pipeline leaks. Early success of iPIPE has resulted in three new program members since its founding, increased awareness resulting in new emerging technologies coming forth, and enhanced communication about advances made in pipeline safety. We anticipate that many of the technologies advanced through this program will have applications in other pipeline sectors as well. This unique program is currently funding approximately $4 million in development and demonstration activities over the course of almost 4 years. As additional pipeline operators join the program as members, additional funding will be applied to pursue more technology development efforts.

For more information, contact:
Nikki Massmann, EERC

EERC Welcomes Tyler Clark


Tyler Clark has joined the EERC as a Software Developer, where he develops new and improves existing web-based and desktop software solutions for the EERC and its clients. His main areas of interest and expertise are web development, application development, and database programming. He looks forward to designing and creating mobile applications for the Software Solutions Group.

“One thing that interests me the most about my job at the EERC is that there are different kinds of projects that are all happening at once, giving us all something unique to do,” Tyler said, “but the best thing I like about my job here is how friendly and approachable everyone is.” 

Tyler holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from the University of North Dakota, where. He previously worked as a Research Assistant assisting in the development of a web-based geographic information system (GIS) application to help researchers visualize West Nile virus occurrence and trends across North Dakota. 

Tyler gained an early interest in computers and how they work after being introduced to them by his father. As he got older, he took computer-related courses in high school, and eventually decided to major in Computer Science. 

Tyler is originally from Grand Forks. Outside of work, Tyler is an avid learner, particularly in regard to history and space. “It is important to know our own history, so the same mistakes don’t happen again,” he said. Space intrigues him because there is so much we do not know.

EERC Named Among 50 Best Places to Work

The September issue of Prairie Business names and honors the 50 Best Places to Work in the northern Plains. 

Earlier this year, employees nominated the organizations by submitting anonymous employee-satisfaction surveys, and Prairie Business used the survey results in selecting the 50 Best. The survey sought input on each employer’s benefits, workplace culture and employee morale, among other factors. And employees responded. Prairie Business this year received more than 1,400 nominations from employees from around the region. In 2018, there were approximately 1,300 nominations. 

“Each year, it seems we’re awed by the number of nominations we receive,” Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel said. “This year, it has happened again. And after reading through the nominations, it is hard not to be impressed by the passionate comments made by so many employees at these great companies.” Prairie Business is proud to present the results of the contest, which now is in its fifth year. 

“It takes so much to be a great place to work. Obviously, it’s more than just pay or vacation time,” Wenzel said. “This year’s winners are good examples of companies that are working hard to make work fulfilling. It’s nice to see that it’s happening in so many places in our region.”

The 50 Best winners will be honored in the magazine, which can be viewed online.

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