2024 Damage Prevention Seminar

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Hope Gas, Jane Lew, WV

The Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia (GOWV) is hosting its third annual Damage Prevention Seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Hope Gas in Jane Lew, WV on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.  Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.  The theme of the agenda will be “Back to the Basics” and focus on highlighting the current 811 regulations and laws, as well as covering the responsibilities and requirements following a damage for all affected parties.  In addition, some newly implemented “Best Practices” will be covered.

Jerry Poage, Executive Director of WV 811, and Brandon Hahn, Assistant Director of the WV Damage Prevention Board, will kick off the seminar providing a comprehensive overview of the current 811 regulations and requirements in WV.  Sarah McTee, TX 811, will present on One Call ticket best practices and tips to help ensure effectiveness and accurate response.

After lunch, a One Call / 811 panel will be conducted with representatives from WV 811, OH 811, PA 811 and KY 811.  This panel will discuss current initiatives and best practices being implemented and utilized in their respective states.

The seminar will wrap up with a session featuring Nitander “Nita” Raju, Community Liaison of Pipeline Safety, Eastern Region for USDOT PHMSA.  Nita will cover areas of focus for PHMSA in regard to Damage Prevention.

Register below or call GOWV at 304-344-9867.

There is no cost to attend this seminar, but registration is required.

Time Topic/Description Speaker
8:30 a.m. Registration opens
9:00 a.m. Welcome/overview/introduction
9:10 a.m. Back to the Basics:  811 Law/Requirements/New Best Practices Jerry Poage, Executive Director WV 811
Brandon Hahn, Assistant Director, WVDPB
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. One Call Ticket Submission Overview and Tips Sarah McTee, TX 811 and WV 811 Liaison
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. One Call/811 Panel Jerry Poage, WV 811
Roger Lipscomb, OH 811 (invited)
Marcos Bernal, PA 811 (invited)
Tim Vaughn, KY 811 (invited)
2:15 p.m. PHMSA Damage Prevention Update Nitander “Nita” Raju, Community Liaison Office of Pipeline Safety Eastern Region – USDOT PHMSA
3:00 p.m. Adjourn