DPC of Texas Announces New Board Members

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The Damage Prevention Council of Texas announces New Board Members

 Dallas, TX— March 30, 2022 — Yesterday, the Damage Prevention Council of Texas announced its newly elected Board of Directors during the DPC of Texas Annual Meeting. Board members serve a two year term.

“Our goal for 2022 is to continue creating a more diverse member base and that starts with stakeholder diversity at the board level,” said John Sparks, President, Damage Prevention Council of Texas.

Seth Davis, Plains All American Pipeline

Senior Damage Prevention Specialist for Plains All American Pipeline. Throughout his 12-year career in the Oil & Gas sector he has gained valuable experience in both upstream and midstream operations. His current duties provide the ability to work with some of the best pipeline personnel in the industry. He is extensively involved with line locating, day-to-day ticket management, and providing guidance with excavators as needed. He is also engaged with various stakeholders and groups across the enterprise such as state emergency planners, first responders, public officials, tribal personnel, excavators, schools, affected public, and landowners along the right of way. With thousands of miles of pipelines in the ground he takes great pride in ensuring compliance efforts, relating to Damage Prevention and Public Awareness, exceeds industry regulation. He enjoys educating others on the importance of 811 which promotes conducting safe excavations and assisting in continued efforts in preventing damage to underground infrastructure.

He is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma and enjoys watching Sooner football. He values spending time with family, traveling and being a positive impact for the younger generation.

Josh Flud, City of Lubbock

Josh started his career with the City of Lubbock in August 2005. Since that time he has worked with a number of different departments assisting in not only construction projects but assisting departments with specialty projects or large unusual problems. He is currently serving as the Construction Inspector Supervisor for the Engineering Department. His department is made of Inspectors, Surveyors, Right-of-Way Inspectors, CIP and a Right-of-Way Coordinator.

He has worked to promote the Damage Prevention Council of Texas, Northwest Region for the past five years to implement excavation safety through education. In 2008 the City of Lubbock locators were moved to his department; at that point he began stringent education and standardized procedures.

One of his largest and most recent accomplishments was rewriting the City of Lubbock Right-of-Way ordinance which was adopted by City Council in December of 2021. The new ordinance incorporated state laws and industry best practices to promote safer excavation.

He holds the following licenses and certifications, Class C Water license, APWA Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector, ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician Grade 1, Radiation Safety Officer, Nuclear Gauge Safety Certification, Level 1B Roadway Inspector and TXDOT Work Zone Traffic Control certified.

Casey Thames, Western Midstream

Casey Thames of Western Midstream manages Damage Prevention efforts for all West Texas, and New Mexico Assets. He has worked closely with his company expressing the importance of Damage Prevention and has encouraged their continuous support of the DPC efforts. Casey currently serves as Vice President of the Permian Basin Damage Prevention Council, serves on the DPC Advisory Committee, and attends Paso Del Norte and SE New Mexico meetings regularly. His damage prevention career began in 2011 performing contract line locating and monitoring excavations for Southern Union Gas. In 2012 he began working directly for Kinder Morgan, El Paso Natural Gas until June of 2018. At Kinder Morgan, his role was primarily curtailed toward Line Locating, and Damage Prevention activities. He attributes his passion toward Damage Prevention from witnessing and investigating incidents throughout his career that changed the way he sees safety. He has remained active in participating and contributing to industry events, and discussions. He’s very involved in the excavator side as well and aims to incorporate their concerns into the discussions and bring relevant topics to the table in hopes of mutually beneficial resolutions.

The Damage Prevention Council of Texas is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to the prevention of damage to underground facilities, public safety and environmental protection through stakeholder education and communication. Comprised of 23 independent chapters active across the State of Texas, we welcome all stakeholders who would like to be a part of the damage prevention solution.  As a contractor and professional excavator working in Texas, you are invited to participate in any of the stakeholder roundtables which meet on a regular basis in a city or town near you. Don’t be part of the problem when there’s an easy way to be part of the solution! For chapter meeting and workshop schedules and to learn more about how the DPC of Texas can help your company, visit www.dpcoftexas.org