OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tobey Heater recently joined the Oklahoma Environmental Services (OES) team as a project manager, specializing in environmental remediation. Heater, a licensed consultant, works on behalf of petroleum storage tank owners, the oil and gas industry and other businesses to coordinate with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality to meet state requirements for site clean-ups.

"We work with clients in all phases of the compliance process, from the investigation to clean-up and closure," said Heater.

He contributes diverse experience to OES specifically in the areas of property development and redevelopment of properties that have a historic impact.

OES is a full-service environmental consulting firm celebrating its 15th anniversary in the environmental compliance and remediation industry. The firm has four Oklahoma locations: Enid, Moore, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. For more information on site clean-up or environmental regulations, contact Heater at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-584-3386.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Oklahoma Environmental Services (OES) added Robert Lassiter to their team as testing services manager. Lassiter provides preventative below and above ground petroleum storage tank testing to businesses regulated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Lassiter supervises a team of technicians that provide tank and line testing, leak detection, water and fuel removal and cathodic protection.

"We keep the public safe by ensuring our customers are compliant with state regulations," said Lassiter.

Not only has his employment with OES allowed them to expand their testing services, Lassiter brings experience from the Oklahoma Department of Labor where he worked as the alternative fuels compliance officer and assisted in writing legislation for the Alternative Fuels Act. He is familiar with the state's annual testing requirements and now serves the private sector by making sure businesses stay compliant with federal and state regulations.

OES is a full-service environmental consulting firm celebrating its 15th anniversary in the environmental compliance and remediation industry. The firm has four Oklahoma locations: Enid, Moore, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. For more information on OES's testing services, contact Lassiter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 888-584-3386.

Oklahoma Environmental Services conducts site assessments in an attempt to find contamination

OKC, OK July 08, 2015 - Oklahoma Environmental Services is performing site assessments at twenty-three former fueling facilities in Oklahoma this month. The purpose of the assessments is to determine whether subsurface soil or groundwater contamination exists. The facilities have underground, petroleum storage tank systems that were not upgraded to meet regulatory requirements in the late 1980s. The tank systems remain unused and are registered as “Temporarily Out-of-Use (TOU)” with the state regulatory agency, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC).

Deanna Atkinson, president of the consulting firm Oklahoma Environmental Services, said, “We are investigating subsurface soil and groundwater at these locations to see if any contamination exists. Ideally, the soil and groundwater would be tested when the tanks are removed. Unfortunately, these tanks are basically orphaned so there are no responsible parties stepping up to remove the tanks. We’re sampling to see if a problem exists. The health concern would be that gasoline or diesel has leaked out of the tanks, into surrounding soil or groundwater. If that is the case, our company will clean it up”. Atkinson cited the reason these sites have not been assessed before now is the lack of a financial mechanism. This recently changed when Oklahoma received a Federal grant for the investigation.

Robyn Strickland, OCC Petroleum Storage Tank Division (PSTD) Director stated they received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for sampling these sites. The EPA had money available for state improvement projects so states were able to bid for that money. Strickland said their preference would be to use the money to remove the underground storage tanks but state Indemnity Fund and EPA grant monies will not pay for tank removals, it could only be used for sampling the facilities’ soil and groundwater. Strickland said criteria for candidate sites were those with: returned mail, no response to staff’s notifications and underground tanks that had not been upgraded to current regulatory standards.

Salim Douglah, OCC PSTD Technical Manager, said the goal of sampling is to satisfy pre-closure sampling protocols for when they resolve the issue of how, when and what mechanism to close these TOU tanks. When asked if the pressure would be on the owner to close the tanks, Mr. Southwick, OCC PSTD Legal Counsel, said that is what they are working on. Mr. Southwick said there is a lot to consider such as the interpretation of who is environmentally responsible versus someone who is the owner.

Currently, Oklahoma has approximately 1,700 underground storage tanks that previously stored petroleum products registered as Temporarily Out-of-Use.

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Deanna Atkinson’s employees are drilling holes and looking for petroleum, but she doesn’t want to sell oil. The president of Oklahoma Environmental Services and her staff are looking for leaking gasoline tanks. She is one of two contractors tasked with determining if closed fueling stations are seeping petroleum products into the ground.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission received $150,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess hundreds of shuttered gasoline stations across the state.

If contractors find pollution, however, it will take more money, time and work to remediate the contamination.

In the 1980s, the EPA strengthened regulations on petroleum storage tanks, requiring leak detection and prevention equipment. Many small business owners didn’t have the money to make the changes, and subsequently closed their businesses. Yet the rules didn’t require them to remove the noncompliant tanks.

The federal program is designed to help identify sites where gasoline or diesel flowed into soil or groundwater. The OCC determined that 1,745 tanks in the Sooner State needed upgrades, but only 1,319 made leak detection and prevention changes. Those out-of-service tanks can stay in the ground as long as monitoring equipment is maintained, said Robyn Strickland, agency Petroleum Storage Tank Division director.

However, 426 tanks were never upgraded or removed, she said. Letters to their operators went unanswered or were returned, so she prioritized sites that didn’t have a responsible party.

“We’re here to protect the environment,” Strickland said. “If we can’t contact the owners, at least we can identify those (sites) with contamination.”

The most recent round of funding covered the cost to assess 37 orphaned sites. A typical site has an average of three tanks, but Strickland didn’t have figures on how many tanks will be addressed with the $150,000 grant. The analysis and assessments must be completed by Sept. 30.

Atkinson won a contract to address 23 sites across the state. Her employees typically drill three 20-foot holes, taking soil and water samples. A laboratory will analyze the results to determine if gasoline or diesel leaked. One soil core appeared to have petroleum, but she hasn’t yet received confirmation.

“In an ideal world, you remove a tank when you quit using it,” Atkinson said. “That is when you do the site assessment to determine if there was a release of the product.”

Removing the pollution is another challenge. If tanks have been leaking for decades, there could be a growing plume of gasoline or diesel underground. The longer the sites are neglected, the harder and more expensive it is to get rid of the contamination, Atkinson said.

Contaminated orphan sites are eligible for federal money from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund. Strickland said she couldn’t estimate how long it would take to remove all the old tanks because remediation efforts depend on federal money.

“It is all contingent on funding and being able to locate someone who is responsible,” Strickland said. “That is the hardest part, is to find someone.”

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Oklahoma Environmental Services continues to be recognized and respected as the region's industry leader in soil and groundwater remediation. Established in 2002, OES’ experience and involvement in our communities have provided the necessary tools to develop innovative solutions for our clients.  Our team of professionals have received numerous awards of distinction, certification and industry recognition. In 2013,  we were honored at the Oklahoma Environmental Excellence Awards.
 
OES  excels at protecting the environment while promoting  economic growth and Oklahoma’s natural resources.  We are proud members of:
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·         Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association
·         Oklahoma Association of General Contractors
·         Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association
·         Commercial Real Estate Council
·         Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
·         Oklahoma Agricultural Cooperative Council
·         Environmental Federation of Oklahoma
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