Craig Smith Environmental (CSE) was created to assist the energy industry with professional consulting services designed to facilitate responsible domestic energy development. Environmental regulations have “grown-up” around the industry, practices and procedures that were acceptable and common just a few years ago may now be the source of environmental liability and regulatory enforcement. Although we are a relatively small firm, we have more than 400 available professional resources to handle any environmental challenge that may arise.
CSE was created to provide environmental risk management consulting services to the oil and gas industry from the industries’ perspective. The purpose of environmental risk management is not only to reduce risk, but more importantly to understand the implications and act strategically to take advantage of the opportunity.
Working within the regulatory and legal structure, the goal of CSE is to work with the oil and natural gas industry to identify the environmental risks and liabilities inherent with transactions and operations and develop risk management strategies that facilitate responsible development.
Craig Smith, Owner and Lead Geologist of Craig Smith Environmental is a Registered Professional Geologist in the following states operating under their corresponding license numbers.
Environmental Due Diligence for Acquisitions and Divestitures
The purchase and sale of oil and gas assets is complex and the opportunity for environmental risk and long term financial liabilities is always present. In most cases the purchaser is responsible for any and all environmental liabilities regardless who created the issue. For this reason, a thorough environmental due diligence evaluation is key to identifying and mitigating potential environmental risk and avoiding unexpected costs and regulatory delays. A good rule to follow is always know what you are buying.
Due diligence during oil and gas transactions is performed on the geology, engineering, operational equipment and reserves in great detail but many operators ignore the environmental due diligence although the costs to mitigate legacy environmental issues can be in the millions of dollars. Focused environmental due diligence can provide critical information that can be used to reduce long-term risk and limit exposure while enhancing the profitability of the project. How environmental risks are managed can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful project.
Oil and gas industry specific approach to due diligence
Comprehensive environmental site assessment (file/portfolio reviews, regulatory and compliance audits, focused site inspections to support evaluation and development of budgetary cost estimates for implementation of corrective actions)
Preparation of environmental disclosure statements for sellers
Development of environmental reserve estimates for negotiation and planning
Independent third party review of reserves for reasonableness, completeness and appropriateness
Environmental liability management and minimization
Water & Water Wells
It has been said that although we are in the oil and industry our real business is managing water. Water is integral to each phase of development whether used for drilling fluid makeup, hydraulic fracturing or as a waste product of production. Regardless of the source or use of the water, effective management is critical to profitability. CSE understand industries water needs and has the expertise and experience to find effective solutions to water management needs.
From establishing baseline conditions to a full scale assessment of soil and groundwater impacts, CSE has the experience and background to manage your projects effectively and to work with the various agencies and regulations to identify and implement viable solutions.
Whether you are assessing an impacted facility prior to a sale, evaluating environmental risks and liabilities or effective remedial solutions, our expereinced staff are here to design and implement an effective approach at your location. Focused planning, preparation of an accurate site conceptual model, review of data quality objectives, design and implementation of the field activities, and intrepretations based on science and empirical results are key factors to a successful and cost effective assessment. Identification and evaluation of remedial alternatives that reflect the client’s risk tolerence and objectives are our goal.
Evaluate releases, recent and historical, for potential impact to soil and water
Preparation of sampling and analysis plans
Sampling and laboratory analysis
Design and implementation of remedial activities
Reporting and interaction with regulatory agencies
The implications of environmental regulations on operations often require outside technical support to facilitate regulatory interactions, evaluate programs and procedures, and support litigation should the need arise.
National Environmental Policy Act environmental impact statement support
CSE’s environmental compliance services are focuses on the regulations affecting upstream and midstream oil and gas operations. We are experienced in evaluating applicability of the various regulations, implementing effective compliance strategies, and preparing plans and reports necessary to satisfy local, state and federal regulatory requirements.
Inventory, characterization and quantification of waste streams
Waste minimization and management planning (pollution prevention)
Evaluation of waste storage, treatment and disposal options
Determination of hazardous, non-hazardous and exploration and production exempt waste
Strategic Environmental Planning
Having a plan in place and knowing where you stand regulatory is critical to operating in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Environmental regulations have “grown-up” around the oil and gas industry, practices and procedures that were acceptable and common just a few years ago are now prohibited or require regulatory approval prior to implementation. Knowing what is coming and reacting to the developing regulations can make the difference between a monetary fine and passing regulatory inspection.
Preparation and implementation of comprehensive environmental audit programs
Below you will find some of CSE’s professional presentations. They contain valuable information and can be a resource for answering some basic questions about environmental issues the oil and gas industries face. Have more questions? Contact us and we’ll get back in touch promptly.
“When I need expert environmental advice, Craig is one of the first people I call. His background goes beyond just excellence in his specialty. He also has the practical experience and knowledge of all of what it takes to evaluate, design, permit and construct a solution. When I ask Craig a question, I always get the whole answer.”
Executive Director, Wyoming Pipeline Authority
“Craig has led two environmental assessments associated for large upstream acquisitions for CountryMark. Upstream acquisitions require prompt responses with regards to environmental conditions. Under Craig’s leadership and organization, his team was able to perform field environmental reviews covering hundreds of locations with over a 1000 associated wells in days, not weeks. Because of his knowledge of the oil and gas industry, the due diligence information was compiled in a timely manner and in a format that was easily understood. Craig’s insight on relative conditions and risk mitigation helped guide effective business decisions. We will use Craig’s expertise again for future opportunities.”
Vice President- Strategic Planning
“Craig Smith has been instrumental in assisting us with several critical groundwater monitoring projects. From conceptual design to final reporting Craig provided the scientific expertise and business acumen needed to address baseline groundwater monitoring requirements for our EIS efforts in Wyoming. Craig is responsive, knowledgeable, and experienced. I highly recommend Craig Smith to anyone seeking seasoned, honest, and dependable environmental services for the oil and gas industry.”
Regulatory Analyst – North Rockies Business Unit
Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc.,
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