Key hire expands our capabilities on unique issues affecting the Alaskan region

10 September 2009

Jack Colonell has joined ERM’s Alaska team to enhance the expertise we offer our clients in addressing issues that are often unique to the region.
Jack has a broad range of experience and knowledge of the issues affecting Alaska resource development projects, having worked in the region for over 30 years. During this time he has designed and managed projects in virtually all coastal and marine environments of Alaska.  He has also amassed considerable experience elsewhere in the continental US as well as the Republics of Azerbaijan, Philippines, and Venezuela.
Mike Smylie, Managing Partner of ERM’s North American Western Division said: “ERM opened its office in Anchorage in mid 2008 to meet the growing opportunities with oil, gas and mining clients in northwest North America. Here we are helping our clients who are expanding into the region as well as providing for those with existing operations in Alaska.   
“We are helping clients with their environmental, health and safety services for onshore/offshore Exploration & Production (E&P), and in the past 12 months have seen growing interest in our Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessments, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and stakeholder engagement capabilities.  Jack’s appointment also contributes to the services we provide relating to project development and strategic planning.”
Jack’s expertise also includes resource development issues unique to Alaska, the Arctic, and the marine environment in general covering oceanography, hydrology, environmental impact assessment, as well as coastal and offshore engineering. He has also earned recognition as an expert in the development of practical engineering solutions that minimize environmental impacts of resource development projects
Jack adds: "ERM has substantial capabilities to support Alaskan projects in addition to being able to provide the local responsiveness that our clients need and expect."

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