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Expert in Cost Recovery for oil spills and gas leaks,assessment and remediation of industrial spills

Expert ID: 730818 California, USA

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Expert has applied his geology background to oil spills and gas leaks and assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater resources impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons, solvents, heavy metals, fungus, etc. He is involved with a variety of litigation support projects over the past 22 years. He has developed cost recovery methods using knowledge databases and he has worked in oil and gas fields as a petroleum geologist as well as for spill response and cleanup, and lease valuation. He has developed exposure pathways, geological conduits for contaminants and sensitive receptors studies and risked-based environmental management methods to define site conceptual models for remedial actions and case closure. He uses bioremediation for groundwater cleanup, as well as chemical oxidization methods for in-situ cleanups.

He has performed dozens of peer reviews of environmental consultant and contractor invoices and cost recovery projects for insurance companies. He is a 4-time Senior Fulbright Scholar award winner, and he co-authored 4 books on oil spills and gas leaks, MTBE, Chromium VI, and acid mine drainage (AMD). He is an elected public official at a sewer plant and community services district associated with sewage, refuse and recycling. He is a certified hydrogeologist, and professional geologist in several states, including California and western states. He has worked for both plaintiffs as well as defendants. Many of the cases involve exposure of workers, children or others to chemical hazards through vapor, water or soil media. He works with interdisciplinary teams to answer complex exposure and groundwater and soil impact questions. He is an expert in industrial history investigation and forensic geologic sampling to obtain samples that are representative and reproducible that can accurately reflect subsurface conditions.

As a licensed engineering contractor (driller, builder, haz-mat removal, asbestos, etc.), he is also responsible for employee exposures and safety. Consequently he has worked with cases related to employee safety issues.

He values environmental impairment of commercial and industrial properties for estate and insurance purposes and appraises oil and gas interests for value and environmental impacts. He has performed hundreds of Phase I Environmental Assessment projects for due diligence and the subsequent Phase II Subsurface Investigation for soil, soil vapor and groundwater sampling.

Through an attorney, he reviewed a claim of $10+ million dollars at an oil field for a request for reimbursement to the insurance company. After a lengthy review of several dozen sites at the oil field, a total of about $3 million dollars were determined to be reasonable based on a variety of standardized criteria and factors. The settlement was favorable for the insurance company.For an attorney, he reviewed an expert's geophysical requests for a scope of work and determined that it was completely unreasonable and not possible technically. Using the information, the attorneys negotiated a favorable settlement.Working with a defendant regarding a lawsuit to compel the tenant to perform storm water monitoring and sampling, he was instrumental in developing the technical strategy to move the case toward settlement. He oversaw the stormwater sampling plan, and prepared the reports for the parties.He worked for the plaintiff who purchased the property from a company that did not disclose fully the activities that may have occurred on the property. After a detailed review of the history of the site, he was involved with protecting the current land owner and resolution of the litigation is ongoing, provided that the future financial liabilities of addressing the impacted soil should future use differ significantly from current use (excavation and disposal of impacted soil is expensive).He worked with a shopping center owner (and their attorney) on cost recovery for PCE impacted sewer leaks by the dry cleaning businesses which had been on site since 1968. Over a series of assessment tasks (passive soil vapor studies, well installation and remediation), case closure is pending. By using the passive vapor study early in the project, the leak of PCE from damaged sewer lateral lines was found early on, saving considerable money for the land owner.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: BA Subject: Geology, English Institution: Franklin & Marshall College
Year: 1981 Degree: MA Subject: Geology Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Chief Hydrogeologist Department: Pt. Richmond, CA Responsibilities: He co-founded the corporation, supervises all technical work, certifies all reports, workplans, boring logs, is actively involved with all soil and groundwater investigations and remediation projects, reviews all health and safety plans, provides litigation support on legal cases for attorneys.
Years: 1989 to 1990 Employer: Harding Lawson (AMEC) Title: Project Geologist Department: Novato, CA Responsibilities: Field geologist and project manager for dozens of Phase I Environmental Assessments and Phase II Subsurface Investigations. Provided field supervision of soil remediation projects.
Years: 1986 to 1989 Employer: Petrofina Delaware (TOTAL) Title: Senior Geologist (Petroleum) Department: Houston, TX Responsibilities: He was the Senior Geologist for the California Exploration and Production Group, reviewing onshore and offshore oil and gas prospects. Over three years, more than a few dozen California oil and gas prospects were evaluated and presented to senior management.
Years: 1981 to 1985 Employer: SOHIO Petroleum (BP) Title: Exploration Geologist Department: Anchorage, AK and San Francisco, CA Responsibilities: He worked as a well site exploration geologist on the North Slope of Alaska. Wrote reports, drew well logs, made presentations on well activities. Developed oil and gas prospects on shore and offshore northern Alaska. Trained new workers.
Years: 1976 to 1978 Employer: US Bureau of Mines Title: Geology Technician Department: Coal Research Station, Bruceton, PA Responsibilities: While in college, he worked at the coal research station in Bruceton, Pennsylvania. He was assigned to map the Sewickley Coalbed in southwestern Pennsylvania in various outcrops, strip mines and underground mines. The data was used for studies relating to evacuating the methane gas prior to mining.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1976 to 1978 Agency: U.S. Bureau of Mines Role: Geology Technician Description: He was involved with methane research in coal seams in outcrops, strip mines and underground mines in southwest Pennsylvania.
Years: 2012 to 2011 Agency: Univ. California Berkeley Role: Lecturer Description: Teaching extension classes (X451) on sustainability and green remediation methods for soils and groundwater
Years: 1978 to 1981 Agency: Univ. of Texas at Austin Role: Teaching Asst. Description: Teaching undergraduate labs, field camp, and technical sessions.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2003 to 2003 Country / Region: Jamaica Summary: Teach graduate seminars on groundwater assessment and treatment at University of West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica
Years: 2004 to 2004 Country / Region: Jamaica Summary: Teach graduate classes on remediation methods and risk management at University of West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica
Years: 2008 to 2008 Country / Region: Israel Summary: Teach Risk-Based Management methods to professionals and students, Israeli EPA, etc. at a Tel Aviv engineering college.
Years: 2011 to 2012 Country / Region: Germany Summary: Teach Risk-Based Subsurface Management at Technical University of Munich to graduate students at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Country / Region: India Summary: Teach at SRTM University and the Government Institute of Science, various workshops, classes and seminars for graduate students on risk-based environmental management.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Licenses / Certifications
P.G., C.H.G., C.P.G., C.Pet.G., QSD/QSP
Professional Appointments
Vice President (AIPG National), President/VP TCSD; President SASM; President SF Branch (GRAC); Director GRAC, Science Advisory Board for AEHS, Co-founder of CORE Environmental Foundation;
Awards / Recognition
Fulbright Senior Scholar: 4 teaching award grants: 2003, 2004, 2008, 2012; Selected Fulbright Award Peer Review Committee (2005-2011)
Publications and Patents Summary
He has over 100 publications, and he co-authored four books on: MTBE Soil and Groundwater Resources (CRC Press), Chromium Handbok ([Cr(VI)] (CRC Press); Oil Spills and Gas Leaks (McGraw-Hill) and Acid Mine Drainage (Wiley)

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has been involved dozens of declarations, with six depositions, two testimonies in trial and numerous litigation support projects since 1990. He has provided depositions in federal court and state court.

Prepared cost estimates for environmental liabilities and presented testimony at trial in Marin County, California

Trial testimony for a California county labor law judge regarding potential soil vapor intrusion of volatile organic compounds into building workspace for worker’s compensation case.

Testified in Napa County court as a geology expert for the defendant.
Training / Seminars
Expert has taught at multiple universities around the world.

Expert designed and taught the Sustainable Remediation Methods for Soils and Water for the University of California, Berkeley Extensio
Vendor Selection
As a licensed contractor the company sources dozens of different suppliers and vendors.
Marketing Experience
He is active in many national organizations (Advisory Board member; Association for Envt. Health and Sciences; American Institute of Professional Geologists; National Vice President) or California professional societies (Groundwater Resources Association), and he provides lectures to students regarding industry trends, cost drivers, new technologies, cost reimbursement methods and the knowledge database.
Other Relevant Experience
He teaches sustainable remediation methods as graduate classes and as workshops at national meetings.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
He has only a basic level of German reading knowledge.

Fields of Expertise

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