Program Director of Pipeline Safety Trust to present Carleton Convocation

January 12, 2016

Rebecca Craven, Carleton Class of 1981 and program director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation address on Friday, Jan. 15 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel. Entitled “Beyond Keystone XL: The Other 2 Million Miles of Pipeline,” her presentation is free and open to the public.

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As program director, Craven promotes pipeline safety through education and advocacy, increased access to information, and partnerships with residents, safety advocates, government, and industry, resulting in safer communities and a healthier environment. Craven regularly works with local governments in development of pipeline safety ordinances and responds to requests for pipeline safety information from concerned citizens. 

The Pipeline Safety Trust ( is a non-profit organization formed as a result of the June 10, 1999, explosion of the Olympic Pipeline in Bellingham, Washington, in which three boys were killed. The community joined with the families whose children were killed in the explosion to form an organization to be a permanent independent voice for the improvement of pipeline safety regulation in the U.S. The Trust was funded with $4 million dollars from the criminal penalties levied against the operators of the pipeline. The Trust works with regulators, legislators and Congress to improve pipeline regulations, and with communities and individuals with concerns about pipelines in their midst so that they can understand the risks presented by the pipelines and take action to reduce those risks. 

Craven previously served as a policy analyst for the Whatcom County Council (WA), working on a variety of resource and land use issues. She is an attorney, and practiced for many years in the northwest, representing Alaska Native villages in the Bering Straits and Pacific Northwest Indian tribes in matters ranging from water rights, federal land management, and cultural resource protection to taxation and child welfare. 

Craven graduated from Carleton College in 1981 with a degree in geology, and obtained a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law with a certificate of completion in the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program.  She is married to Scott Linneman (Carleton Class of 1983) and has two children, Charles (Carleton Class of 2017) and Dorothy.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton Class of 1957 Revolving Lectureship Fund. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at the corner of College and First Streets in Northfield.