Damage Prevention Hero: Ed Landgraf

Ed Landgraf, Marine Protector

BRENT SALTZMAN, INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LOUISIANA 811, CLAIMS HE CAN’T SAY ENOUGH POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT ED LANDGRAF. “HE’S ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE, PASSIONATE AND DEDICATED FOLKS I KNOW WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATING MARINERS ABOUT DIGGING SAFELY.

His commitment to damage prevention in the marine environment is unparalleled by anyone and I appreciate his willingness to bring all stakeholders together in the name of safety.” Deanna Centurion, President & Chief Strategy Officer for Cyera Strategies, concurs, stating we made a “great choice picking Ed!!!” for this issue’s Damage Prevention Hero.

Ed is the Chairman and Founder of CAMO (Coast and Marine Pipeline Operators). Founded in 2009, CAMO now has over 20 participating major oil and gas companies and agencies, all working to enhance damage prevention and marine safety initiatives.

Recently retired from Shell, Ed has worked in the oil and gas industry for 30 years. A native of Oklahoma and graduate of Oklahoma State University, his first assignment in the oil industry started in West Texas, where his first four years were spent in various locations throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. The following years were dedicated to Shell’s Gulf of Mexico and southern U.S. business. His assignments further developed and supported Shell’s infrastructure protection, non-technical risk, public safety, process safety and coastal rehabilitation initiatives. Ed also participated on Shell’s Wetlands Advisory Team.

“Persistent in pursuing new avenues to promote damage prevention in the marine environment, Ed thinks ‘outside the box’ to explore ways of educating people on the ‘Call Before You Dig’ message.”

Outside of Shell, Ed volunteered his service to the community in many current and past roles. Vice- Chairman of the Parish Coastal Zone Management, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, member of the National Estuary Program’s Management Conference, and Coastal Conservation Association and Parish Education Board of Directors.

Without a doubt, he is passionate about damage prevention. Ed has created alliances with non-industry groups like the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the National Estuary Program. He also worked tirelessly with the Dredging Association of America in educating and coordinating efforts nationwide.

Ed conducts monthly conference calls with all stakeholders to discuss near misses, accidents and other outreach efforts. Additionally, he conducts an annual stakeholders meeting which brings marine excavators, government officials and pipeline owner/operators together to discuss issues. In 2021, this meeting will be held during Damage Prevention Week in conjunction with the Global Excavation Safety Conference, (GlobalExcavationSafetyConference.com), in Tampa, FL, March 23, 2021.

Ed looks beyond the borders of Louisiana to spread his important message. He has promoted marine damage prevention around the country by exhibiting and speaking at events such as the Global Excavation Safety Conference and regional Pipeline Safety Conferences.

Ed recently compiled and published the Recommended Best Practices Guide & Checklist for Damage Prevention. It’s extremely well-done and it is obvious a lot of time and effort went into putting it together. Read more about this initiative on page 32.

Persistent in pursuing new avenues to promote damage prevention in the marine environment, Ed thinks “outside the box” to explore ways of educating people on the “Call Before You Dig” message.

Despite minimal compensation for the hard work he does, Ed continues to go above and beyond to make our world a safer place. He is tireless in his efforts and is dedicated to the cause, making him a much deserved Damage Prevention Hero!

 

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