To address the growing concern over pipeline safety, North American Oil & Gas Pipelines has added Brian Rohwer to its Editorial Advisory Board. The safety manager for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project has spent the last 30 years in the pipeline industry. He is based in Calgary, Alberta, with Enbridge Pipelines Major Projects.
Rohwer said he started “from the ground up” with Waschuk Pipeline Construction Ltd., where he held several corporate safety positions, and with Banister Pipelines, along with various owner companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta, as well as several safety designations.
Rohwer decided to join the NAOGP Editorial Advisory Board in the hope that he could provide “a slightly different vantage point on some of the material,” noting the board did not have representation from a pipeline owner’s perspective. In addition, he hopes to provide more insight on Canadian pipeline projects.
“I also believe that the publication may benefit from a focus on training solutions to safety and environment issues, which are critical to survival and often a deal-breaker in the pipeline construction industry,” he said. “I can also help provide insight into the biggest challenge facing today’s pipeline industry: finding qualified individuals to complete the current volume of projects, and retaining and developing these individuals within an industry that has historically faced intense fluctuation levels in project activity.