Joe Hamrock, president and CEO of
Secretary LaHood said: "Safety must be the top priority of any natural gas company and implementing SMS is the right thing to do. I look forward to providing rigorous oversight throughout this process, with a clear objective: promote the safety of the public."
SMS is an advanced, comprehensive approach to managing safety, emphasizing continuous improvement and identifying and mitigating potential risks.
On SMS, Hamrock said: "At NiSource, safety is not just a commitment we talk about it is our top priority. It is the foundation of our business and guides all our actions. At its core, SMS is about identifying and mitigating potential risks before they happen. It's also about strengthening our culture. We are working to continuously improve our safety practices, and SMS is a key part of that. SMS is the most important priority for me and for
- Secretary Ray LaHood, Former United States Secretary of Transportation (Chair): Secretary LaHood currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor at
DLA Piper. With a 36-year career in public service, Secretary LaHood has extensive experience on major national policy issues, among them transportation and infrastructure. He served as the 16th Department of TransportationSecretary from 2009 to 2013. His tenure was marked by landmark efforts to improve safety in every mode of transportation, from aviation and rail to pipelines and automobiles. Before heading the US Department of Transportation, Secretary LaHood served from 1995 to 2009 in the US House of Representativeson behalf of the 18th Districtof Illinoisand also served on various House committees, among them the House Appropriations Committeeand the House Intelligence Committee. He also served as chief of staff to US House Minority Leader Robert Michelfrom 1982 to 1994.
- John Durham, Retired Director,
Enercon Services, Inc.: Durham has more than 40 years' experience in the management of power plant and engineering service organizations, performance assessments and review boards, strategic recovery planning, and senior management consulting. His experience includes working at an electric utility, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, and several engineering and consulting services firms.
- Gary Harland, President,
Work Management Inc.: Harland is a co-founder and President of Work Management Inc., an organization focused on providing best-in-class work control and outage management services to the commercial nuclear industry. Providing management and implementation infrastructure, WMI provides extensive services relating to project management, cost estimating, planning, and scheduling.
- John Cox, President & CEO, Safety Operating Systems: After an extensive career as a major airline, corporate, and general aviation pilot, Cox is now the President and CEO of Safety Operating Systems, a full-service consulting firm providing services related to all aspects of a large airline safety department. Throughout his career Cox has been involved in numerous airline crash investigations as an NTSB group member, specializing in crisis management plans, media relations, legal expert research and testimony, accident/incident investigations, and technical aviation support.
- Jeff Wiese, Vice President for Pipeline Integrity,
TRC Companies: Wiese brings more than 25 years' experience in pipeline safety and resource management. Beginning with roles at the US Department of the Interiorand the US Department of Transportation, Wiese has managed a wide range of programs relating to pipeline safety and risk management, personnel and budget oversight, implementation of new technology, and customer and client service.
As part of SMS implementation,
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