The Pipe Line Contractors Association held its 65th annual convention, Feb. 12-16, in Scottsdale Ariz., at the Hyatt Regency Resort. Attendance was very strong, as more than 600 conventioneers shared in numerous business and social events. There were numerous meetings with the board of directors, plus a meeting with the board of trustees to discuss the Pipe Line Industry Advancement Fund, PLCA Scholarship Foundation and World Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations.
Dan Murphy, Precision Pipeline LLC, outgoing president of PLCA, chaired the overall meeting. At the opening business session, Murphy introduced inspirational speaker Louie Zamperini (for more information about Zamperini, see this issue’s Publishers Message on page 8). Dr. Lowell Catlett was the guest speaker in the second general business session. Catlett is with Mexico State University. He is a futurist and an economics professor.
Robert Jones, TransCanada, also addressed the convention regarding the status of the Keystone XL pipeline project. Jones was non-committal on the start of the construction of the pipeline because it is still awaiting approval from the U.S. government. Since then, the U.S. State Department released its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) on the project, which reported that “there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed project route.”
The highlight of the convention was the education auction, which raised more than $435,000 this year. Butch Graham, Ritchie Bros., once again served as the auctioneer.
As is customary, the convention closed out with the annual banquet and floor show. John Allen, Pipe Line Constructors LLC, was introduced as the 2013 PLCA president. The 2014 convention will be Feb. 18-22 at the Hyatt Resort in Bonita Springs, Fla.