- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The Public Service Commission of West Virginia has named a new director for its Gas Pipeline Safety Division.

Officials announced the appointment of Mary S. Friend on Tuesday.

Friend comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

As part of the Office of Pipeline Safety Inspector Training and Qualification, she has developed and taught courses for training federal and state pipeline inspectors since 2009.

Friend began her career as a geologist at Columbia Gas Transmission and has worked as an adjunct instructor at West Virginia State University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

She has been a member of the American Gas Association’s Gas Piping Technology Committee since 2006.

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