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Expert in Forensic Geologist

Expert ID: 735610 California, USA

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Expert has more than thirty-eight years of experience as a geologist. He is a certified hydrogeologist, professional geologist, licensed well driller and general engineering contractor. His most recent work includes forensic analysis related to subsurface events, including pipe breaks, contaminant spills, oil and gas resource valuation estimates, and groundwater contamination. He has worked on a variety of producing and redeveloped oil field properties, EPA Superfund sites, military bases, agricultural and industrial properties. Since 1990, he has been a co-owner of an environmental-engineering consulting and contracting company, where he has performed more than 1,000 projects.

As a publicly elected community services district board member since 2002, he has evaluated numerous environmental challenges, solved sustainability problems, and worked with others as a team leader and member to develop agency policies. He has been involved with the public process of goal setting, data acquisition, development of workplans, and implementation of field projects. He has promoted and supported sustainable environmental practices within the agency, a certified green business which now offers residents recycling of electronic waste, fluorescent bulbs, medicines, batteries, paper and cardboard. In an effort to minimize local groundwater degradation, in 2009, 1 million less lbs of waste were processed by the agency than in 2006. In 2013, the agency won the Marin County Green Business of the Year award due to the successful recycling efforts and reduction in wastes shipped to the local landfills. For mentoring students, he is the AIPG Sponsor of the UC Davis Geology Student Section (since 2010) and Sonoma State University Geology Student Section (since 2016).

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Francisco, California - Oakland, California - Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Sacramento, California - Richmond, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1978 Degree: MA Subject: Geology Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Year: 1974 Degree: BA Subject: Geology and English Institution: Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Principal Geologist Department: Environmental Responsibilities: Description of Role/ Responsibilities:
• Co-founded and maintained a consulting and contracting company with for 30 years, providing employment to dozens of staff. Trained and mentored technical staff (geologists, engineers, and environmental scientists).
• Developed environmental business through marketing and presentations:
• Performed field oversight personally on hundreds of projects as well as directed technical staff on other projects of thousands of projects, many which received environmental compliance or case closure,
• As professional in charge of the work, supervised all technical work, and prepared or reviewed all technical and health and safety documents.
• Provided technical and safety training to staff and others in-house, at professional meetings and universities.

Areas of Experience:
• Environmental: Contaminated Land Redevelopment, Phase Is, Subsurface Characterization, Remediation, and Case Closure,
• Engineering Geology: Erosion Control, Stormwater Pollution Protection Plans, and
• Environmental, Engineering, and Contracting Dispute Resolution: Expert Witness and Litigation Support.
Years: 1989 to 1990 Employer: Harding Lawson and Associates Title: Project Geologist Department: Environmental Responsibilities: Directed field projects as diverse as tank removals to installing groundwater monitoring wells, to performing asbestos surveys and Phase I Environmental Assessments. Prepared workplans, permits, and reports. Description of Role/ Responsibilities: As a Project Geologist, developed workplans, safety plans, supervised tank removals, groundwater well installations, prepared geologic cross-sections, developed site conceptual models, performed asbestos sampling and performed Phase I Environmental Assessments.

Projects/ Achievements:
Background: Aquifer Mapping and Potentially Responsible Party Study - Task manager for Preferred Pathways study for National Semiconductor (2-mile long TCE plume) over a two square mile industrial area at a US EPA Federal Superfund Site in Santa Clara, California related to the release of chlorinated solvents, most notably, TCE, through a “dry well.”

• Designed the aquifer mapping study using thousands of groundwater monitoring wells, soil boring, and driller’s reports to define underground channel systems based on lithologic description.
• The information was used to facilitate installation of remedial measures, saving millions of dollars over the annual groundwater monitoring and lack of remedial progress.
• In conjunction with the Preferred Pathways Study, a Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) study was designed and performed in the area to allow other PRPs to be identified. After evaluating over 400 businesses, a ranking system was developed for prioritization.
• The results from the project allowed the client to try to recover millions of dollars for some of the costs of remediation in areas where other industrial facilities had contributed significant volumes of TCE, PCE into the shallow aquifer zones. Other volatile organic compound (VOC) breakdown products were also identified.
Years: 1986 to 1989 Employer: Petrofina Delaware, Inc. Title: Senior Geologist Department: California Exploration Responsibilities: Description of Role/ Responsibilities: As the California geologist, I reviewed dozens of oil and gas farm-in opportunities in California for the company, preparing economic analysis and presentations for management.

Projects/ Achievements:
• Develop oil and gas prospects on company acreage in offshore California,
• Represent the company at monthly International Oil Scout Meetings in Houston and prepare monthly reports of the competitor’s activities, and
• Evaluate oil and gas properties in California offered to the company and prepare reports of the findings. In some cases, site inspection occurred to evaluate equipment and facility condition as well as environmental liabilities
Years: 1981 to 1985 Employer: Sohio Petroleum Title: Exploration Geologist Department: Alaska Exploration Operations Responsibilities: Description of Role/ Responsibilities: Perform well site duties, train new geologists, describe lithologies and oil potential of rock cores, preserve cores, document drilling conditions, report daily to head office of drilling progress.

Projects/ Achievements:
• Exploration well site geologist on 9 wells on the North Slope of Alaska,
• Develop oil and gas prospects with geophysicists for offshore lease sales, and
• Present data and prospect economics in prospect reports to managers.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2002 to Present Agency: Tamalpais Community Services District Role: President, Vice President, Director Description: Publicly elected official as director of $8 million per year community services agency with sewer collection, rubbish and recycling, and park and recreation functions.
Years: 2002 to Present Agency: Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin Role: President, Vice President, Commissioner Description: Elected by TCSD Board to be a commissioner of the joint venture agency, which runs the local publicly owned treatment works (POTW).
Years: 1976 to 1978 Agency: U.S. Bureau of Mines, Methane Control Group Role: Geology Technician Description: Performed geology mapping in strip coal mines, underground mines and outcrops of the Sewickley Coalbed in southwest Pennsylvania.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Professional Associations
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG): Active Member 1979 to present; Div. Environmental Geosciences (July 2012); CPetG (Feb 2014)
American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG); Elected National AIPG Advisory Board: 2000; Elected National
AIPG Vice President; 2013; State President or Vice President: 1996 to present. Sponsor of AIPG Student Chapters: UC Davis 2010-present, Sonoma State University: 2016 to present
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International), 2014 to present, Committee D18 on Soil and Rock; Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk management and Corrective Action
Assoc. for the Environment, Health and Sciences (AEHS); 2002 to present; Science Advisory Group (2005 to present)
California Council of Geoscience Organizations (CCGO): President 2000 to present
California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA): 2016 to present
CORE Environmental Foundation (non-profit): Co-founder and President 2009-2011
ECON Magazine - Editorial Advisory Board, 1994 to 1996
Forensic Expert Witness Association; Member (FEWA); 2014 to present
Fulbright Association – Lifetime Member, 2014 to present
Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRAC), Director, GRAC 1999 – 2004; Treasurer 1999, 2002
GRAC SF Branch: President: 1996-1998; 2009-2010; Vice President: 1995, Field Trip Coordinator: 1998, Technical Chaiman: 1994
Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC); 2017 to present; Methane Detection; Stormwater BMPs
National Ground Water Association (NGWA); Member 1989 to present
Licenses / Certifications
Certifications and Licenses
Certified Professional Geologist, American Institute of Professional Geologists
Licensed Professional Geologist: California; Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon
Pennsylvania: Texas Geology, Wyoming, Washington
Certified Hydrogeologist: California, Washington
Certified Petroleum Geologist, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Registered Environmental Assessor I: California; REA II (program discontinued).
Registered Asbestos Inspector: AHERA Accredited; OLA Registration
California Qualified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Developer (QSD) and Preparer (QSP); Certificate
QSD/QSP California General Permit (CGP) Trainer of Record (ToR); August 2016
California Qualified Industrial Stormwater Pollution Practitioner (QISP); Certificate; March 2017
QISP California Industrial Permit (CIP) Trainer of Record (ToR); May 2017
CSLB License: Driller (C-57), General Engineering, Hazardous Materials Removal, Asbestos Abatement
California Commercial Driver License: C with Hazmat Endorsement
Professional Appointments
Peer Review
Expert serves in a peer review capacity for several organizations.

• Fulbright Program - He served from 2006 to 2011 on the Fulbright Peer Review Committee, screening candidates in the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program in geology and environmental science.

• AIPG - From 2005 to 2010, he served on the National Screening Committee for the American Institute of Professional Geologists for candidates applying for the Certified Professional Geologist designation.

• AEHS - Since 2005, he has been on the Science Advisory Board for the Association for the Environment, Health and Sciences . The duties include the review of abstracts submitted for presentations for the annual San Diego, California Soils, Sediments, and Water conference and reviewing student presentations.

• UC/CalEPA - In October 2011, Expert performed a peer review for the University of California Regents under contract to CalEPA of the 2007 PG&E Hinkley, California (subject of Erin Brockovich movie) Background Study Report.

Awards / Recognition
Academic Awards and Fellowships
R.K. DeFord Field Scholarship Award; University of Texas at Austin
Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Univ. of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica; February–March;
Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Univ. of West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica; March–April;
Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, Afeka Engineering College, Tel Aviv, Israel; March–April;
Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, SRTM University, Nanded, India; January – February;
Virtual Fellow, U.S. Department of State, Cabo Verde’s Road Map to 100 Percent Renewable Energy
Fellow: National Ground Water Association

Professional Awards
Groundwater Resources Association; President's Tribute Certificate
American Institute of Professional Geologists, National Presidential Certificate of Merit
California Council of Geosciences (CCGO) “Gold Award”
American Institute of Professional Geologists, National Presidential Certificate of Merit
American Institute of Professional Geologists: Honorary Membership Award
American Institute of Professional Geologists: Martin Van Couvering Memorial Award

Medical / Professional
M.A. Geology, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA; B.A. Geology, English, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA. Certifications and Licenses
Certified Professional Geologist, American Institute of Professional Geologists,
Licensed Professional Geologist: California; Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon,
Pennsylvania: Texas Geology, Wyoming, Washington
Certified Hydrogeologist: California, Washington
Certified Petroleum Geologist, American Association of Petroleum Geologists,
Registered Environmental Assessor I: California; REA II (program discontinued).
Registered Asbestos Inspector: AHERA Accredited; OLA Registration
California Qualified Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Developer (QSD) and Preparer (QSP); Certificate
QSD/QSP California General Permit (CGP) Trainer of Record (ToR); August 2016
California Qualified Industrial Stormwater Pollution Practitioner (QISP); Certificate; March 2017
QISP California Industrial Permit (CIP) Trainer of Record (ToR); May 2017
CSLB License: Driller (C-57), General Engineering, Hazardous Materials Removal, Asbestos Abatement
California Commercial Driver License: C with Hazmat Endorsement
Publications and Patents Summary
Publications - Technical Books: Books co-authored: He has developed, edited and co-authored five technical books related to the unintended consequences of large-scale industrial processes, most notably, MTBE: Effects on Soil and Groundwater Resources (CRC Press, 2001), Chromium [Cr(VI)] Handbook (CRC Press, 2004), Oil Spills and Gas Leaks: Environmental Response, Prevention, and Cost Recovery (McGraw-Hill, 2014), Acid Mine Drainage (Wiley, 2014) and Environmental Considerations Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing Operations: Adjusting to the Shale Revolution in a Green World (Wiley, in press). He has written over 100 articles and given over 50 technical presentations.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Testified in deposition or trial on 18 cases since 1990. I also participated in 4 meditations. Prepared expert reports per Federal Rule 26(a) (2) Expert Witness Reporting. Worked for both defense and plaintiff attorneys. Case topics included landslides and erosion, stormwater issues, underground storage tanks, forensic contamination evaluation, cost evaluation of environmental cleanup, sewer-related spills or pipeline projects, gold mining projects, oil and gas field cleanups, coccidioides (Valley Fever), nitrate cases, pipeline spills and cleanup, illicit drug lab and disclosure issues,
Training / Seminars
Graduate Classes Taught
SRTMU: Risk-Based Subsurface Environmental Management and Sustainable Remediation; School of Earth Sciences, Department of Environmental Science, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded, India. Lecture hours: 42; participants: 45 students; Year: 2012; Co-teachers: Chin Man Mok and Stephen Baker; Projects.

GIS:Analysis and Sustainable Remediation of Environmental Resources; Government Institute of Science, Department of Geology, Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad, India. Lecture hours: 16; participants: 30 students; Year: 2012; Co-teachers: Stephen Baker; Lectures.

TUM: Risk-Based Subsurface Environmental Management, Engineering Department, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany. Lecture hours: 30; participants: 18 students; Year: December, 2011; Co-teachers: Chin Man Mok, and Ravi Arulanantham; Exams and Projects.

UCBE: X-451: University of California, Berkeley Extension, Berkeley Campus, California: 7 session graduate class: Sustainable Remediation of Soil and Groundwater. Lecture hrs: 32; 8 students; Year: Fall 2011; Exams and Projects.

UCBE: X-451: University of California, Berkeley Extension, San Francisco Campus, California: 7 session graduate class titled Sustainable Remediation of Soil and Groundwater. Lecture hours: 32; participants: 12 students; Year: Spring 2011; Exams and Projects.

UWI – EM643: University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, Geology Department:
4-week daily graduate class titled Environmental Engineering: Sampling, Assessment and Remediation. The course was a required class for a master's degree in Contaminant Hydrogeology, Environmental Science and Risk Management. Lecture hours: 80; participants: 13 students; Year: March, 2004; Exams and Projects.



University Short Courses Taught
ACE: Remediation of Contaminated Soils and Groundwater: The California Experience. Engineering Department, Afeka College of Engineering in Tel Aviv, Israel. Lecture hours: 40; participants: 28 students; Year: 2008; Co-teachers: Ravi Arulanantham, Chin Man Mok, and Ami Adini.

UWI: Risked-Based Corrective Action, Risk Assessment, and In-Situ Remediation
and Natural Attenuation Processes; Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica and UWI Geology Department, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (near Kingston, Jamaica). Lecture hours: 24; participants: 35 students; Year: March 2004; Co-teachers: Ravi Arulanantham and Roger Brewer.

UWI: Environmental Sampling and Remediation Workshop; Geology Department, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (near Kingston, Jamaica). Lecture hours: 8; participants: 15 students; Year: February 2003.

Invited Professional Workshops Taught
2018, Expert, J., Expert, O., Beckley, L., and McHugh, T., “Sewer VI: Research, Findings and Practical Implactions,” M-F4 Sewer Vapor Intrusion Workshop, 20th Annual California Unified Program (CUPA) Training Conference, Burlingame, California, February 5, 2018, Abstracts.

2017, Expert, O.P., and Expert, J.A, “Dispersal of VOCs; Sewer Air – Sampling Sewer Air – When, Where, How, and Mitigation of VOC-laden Sewer Air,” Groundwater Resources Association’s Assessment and Remediation of Dry Cleaner Sites Symposium, Concord, California, November 2, 1027, Abstracts.

2017, Expert, J.A., and Expert, O.P., “Sewer Exfiltration Allowances by Design and Failure,” Groundwater Resources Association’s Assessment and Remediation of Dry Cleaner Sites Symposium, Concord, California, November 2, 1027, Abstracts.

2016, Expert, O.P., Expert, J.A., and Pennell, K.G., 2016, “Sanitary Sewer Contaminant Migration Study Manhole to Clean Out: Passive Sewer Air Sampling, Presence of VOCs in Sewer Manhole as a Predictor of VOCs in Sewer Lateral Cleanouts,” 18th Annual California Unified Program (CUPA) Training Conference, Anaheim, California, February 24, Abstracts.

2010, “In-Well Stripping/Recirculation and Two-Phase Extraction Methods, Application and Enhancement for Groundwater and Soil Remediation” A four hour Short Course presentation, 20th International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, San Diego, California, March 15-18; Co-teachers: Mehmet Pehlivan and Philip G. Mihopoulos,

2009, “Risked Based Corrective Action (RBCA) Grows Up: Introduction to Environmental Hazard Evaluation and Advanced Approaches for Site Investigations.” A four hour Short Course presentation, Association for the Environment, Health and Sciences 2009, International Conference, San Diego, California, Co-teachers: Roger Brewer, and Jason Brodersen.

2009, “Two-Phase Extraction Methods, Application for Groundwater and Soil Remediation” A four hour Short Course presentation, American Institute of Professional Geologists, 2009 National Meeting, Grand Junction, Colorado; Co-teachers: Mehmet Pehlivan.

2008, “Two-Phase Extraction Methods, Application for Groundwater and Soil Remediation” A four hour Short Course presentation, The 6th International Conference, Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compound, Monterey, California, May 19-22, Battelle, Columbus, Ohio, Co-teachers: Mehmet Pehlivan.

2006, “Effects of Climate Change on Development, Infrastructure, Water Resources Management And Business Opportunities in California, Lorman Educational Services, San Francisco, California, June 23, 198 p. Expert organized the short-course, invited the speakers and presented the introductory lecture: “Climate Changes: What We Know, What We Don’t Know”.” Speakers included: Expert, Stephen Baker, Peter Mesard, Jeff Nelson, Kent Alm and Charles McGlashan.



Post Graduate and Professional Courses Completed
Environmental Science
Environmental Forensics: Applications and Advances in Fingerprinting Techniques to Evaluate Who Was Repsonible for a Spill or Release of Organic Contaminants into the Environment, P. Philp, AEHS, Mission Valley, San Diego, California, March 20, 2018.
Classic and Emerging Environmental Forensics Techniques and Applications, I. Petrisor, H. Costa, M.J. Wade., J.C. Balouet, and J.L. Caufield, AEHS, Mission Valley, San Diego, California, March 23, 2015.
Ecological Risk Assessment for a Sustainable Environment, University of Massachusetts, 2010
Assessment Design/Professional Experience Panel, University of California, Berkeley Extension, 2010
Estimating Times of Remediation Associated with Monitored Natural Attenuation and Contaminant Source Removal, F. Chappelle and M. Woddowson, AIPG Annual Meeting, Saratoga, NY, October 4, 2004.
GRA Series on Groundwater Contaminants; Investigation and Remediation of Dry Cleaner Release Sites; Sacramento, California, April, 2004.
GRA Series on Groundwater Contaminants; Characterization and Remediation of Recalcitrant and Emerging Contaminants, San Jose, California, June 2002.
GRA Series on Groundwater Contaminants; Hexavalent Chromium in Groundwater, Glendale, California, January 2001.
EPA Presentations: Advances in Innovative Groundwater Remediation Technologies, San Francisco, California, May 1998
GRA: Surface Geophysical Methods, Oakland, California, November 1997
GRA: Phytoremediation Workshop; J. Lehr, Belmont, California, May 1997
RBCA - Risk and Decision Making at Sites; University of California, Riverside Extension, Santa Clara, California, April, 1996
Contaminant Transport in Groundwater; University of California, Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, California, September to December 1994
EPA West Coast Remediation Marketplace and Innovative Technologies: San Francisco, California, November 1994
EPA Symposium on Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes: Research, Development and Field Evaluations, San Francisco, California, June 1994
Applied Environmental Statistics, Groundwater Resources Association, Concord, California, May, 1994
Applied Bioremedial Technologies, Hazmacon, San Jose, March, 1994
Intro, Contaminant Transport in Groundwater, University of California, Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, California, T. Buscheck, 1994
Groundwater and Soil Remediation: Design, Safety and Permitting, University of California, Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, California, T. Buscheck, 1993
Bioremediation of Hazardous Waste Sites: EPA Technology Transfer, San Francisco, California, 1993
Management Planning for Asbestos, University of California, Berkeley Extension, Berkeley, California, Fall, 1992
RCRA Corrective Action Stabilization Technologies, EPA Technology Transfer, San Francisco, California, 1992
Site Characterization and Remediation; EPA Technology Transfer, San Francisco, 1990
Physical/Chemical Treatment of Hazardous Waste, EPA Technology Transfer, San Francisco, California, 1990
Federal Environmental Regulations, Rice University, Houston, J. Blackburn, 1989
Building Inspection for Asbestos, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Fundamentals of Groundwater Hydrology, University of California, Berkeley Extension, G. Aguiar, 1985
Groundwater Contamination, University of California, Davis, F. McLaren,1985

Petroleum Economics
Economics Basics, SOHIO Petroleum Co., T. Gazulus, April 6, 1984
Advanced Economics Seminar, SOHIO Petroleum Co., J. Campbell, Oct 30 – November 1, 1984
Economic Evaluation of Petroleum Exploration and Development Projects, IHRDC, N.W. Miller, April 11-15, 1988

Petrophysical and Geophysical Tools
Petroleum Overview Class; SOHIO Petroleum Co., Various Instructors, October 19-23, 1981
Log Interpretation #1; Schlumberger, F. Bettis, October 1-4, 1981
Log Interpretation #2; Schlumberger, F. Bettis, November 3-4, 1981
Well Logging, Gearhart, Various Instructors, December 15-20. 1982
Geophysics for Geologists, Geoquest, N. Neidell, July 12-16, 1982
Drilling Practices, Preston Moore, P. Moore, Sept 13-24, 1982
Seismic Stratigraphy, AAPG, L.F. Brown and R. Buffler, December 12-18, 1983
Seismic Interpretation, Colorado School of Mines, T. Davis, March 5-9, 1984
Marketing Experience
Developed business for The Auger Group, Inc. since 1990.
Other Relevant Experience
Licensed contractor: CSLB for general engineering, building, water well drilling, hazardous materials removal and asbestos abatement.

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