Dominion names new vice president of pipeline operations

CLARKSBURG, W.Va., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Dominion (NYSE: D) announced today that Brian C. Sheppard, managing director-Pipeline Operations for Dominion Transmission, will be promoted to vice president-Pipeline Operations upon the retirement of Jeffrey L. Barger, effective April 1, 2014.

Sheppard will be based in Clarksburg, W.Va., and report to Diane Leopold, senior vice president-Dominion Transmission.

“Brian’s vast technical and operational knowledge makes him an excellent choice to lead the group in Clarksburg,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Jeff has made many contributions throughout his distinguished career. We are going to miss him and wish him well on the next phase of his life.”

Sheppard, who joined CNG Transmission in 1988 as a production engineer, has held many positions in his 25-year career with the company. In 2003 he was responsible for operations at the Hastings Extraction Plant. In 2009, he was promoted to managing director-Planning & Development in Dominion Exploration & Production. He returned to Dominion Transmission in 2010 as managing director-Pipeline Operations where his responsibilities include NGL Operations, Gas Control, Compression Services, Operations Support, Safety and Technical Training.

Sheppard has a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Marietta College in Ohio and is a registered Professional Engineer in West Virginia. He has served on the 2013 Harrison County United Way Campaign Cabinet as the co-chair of the Natural Resources Division.

Barger, responsible for Dominion Transmission’s natural gas pipeline and storage operations, has more than 35 years’ experience with the company. He joined Consolidated Natural Gas in 1977 and held numerous positions in engineering and operations in Transmission. He was named to his current position in February 2000 upon the merger of CNG with Dominion.

Barger serves on the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America’s Operations, Safety & Environmental Committee. He also served as the 2013 Harrison County United Way Campaign chairman and is past chairman of the United Hospital Foundation Board. Barger is a member of the board of several organizations, including the West Virginia Independent College & University Foundation, the Harrison County United Way, the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce and the United Hospital Center, where he also serves as secretary. Barger holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,500 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at