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July’s Posting

It’s that time of year again when the sun tries desperately to impress us with how hot it can make stuff. We get it, you’re a giant ball of flaming plasma. Settle down. Anyways, I’d like to take a moment to discuss what it’s like to be stuck in it all day every day, as well as how the season emphasizes the importance of the core value of Accountability.

Working outside in July and August makes you rethink every choice you’ve ever made in your life that’s led to that specific moment. You start early to beat the worst of the heat, wear sunscreen, big hats, and long sleeves, take breaks, drink fluids, and you’re still absolutely spent by the end of it. The sky tries to melt you, and your brain don’t work good, and you just want to lay down in the shade and sleep because you have a million years of self-preservation built into your DNA telling you that if you move around in the heat too much you’re gonna die. Nevertheless you persist, carrying on through the day in a half trudge half crawl towards the completion of the task.

It’s in these broiling times that the core value of accountability becomes so particularly necessary for every team member to practice. Not only does the heat fry your brain, but it’s a huge distraction as well, because all you’re thinking about is how friggin’ hot it is. So when we as individuals falter, it’s up to the group as a whole to pick up the slack.

Be accountable for the well-being of the team. Be responsible for yourself, but also for those around you. When the heat shuts your brain off, it can be easy for individuals to push past their healthy threshold into overexertion. Watch for people dragging and falling behind and stop them before it becomes a problem. Sometimes people need these things brought to their own attention.

Be accountable for the job. Mistakes are more common as the heat causes your brain to misfire, and those mistakes will need to be fixed. Nothing is more demoralizing than repeating work you’ve already done when it’s 94 degrees out. Be actively engaged and if you see something going wrong, say something before it turns into a problem. Don’t assume that someone else is taking care of the problem, or even notices it for that matter. Be accountable for the success of the team.

Group accountability is necessary year-round, but we lean heavily on it in rough weather and tough times. By making oneself accountable and actively engaging in the team’s well-being and the accomplishment of the goal, we remain unbowed, unbent, unbroken by that pompous sky fireball and march onward towards success.

July’s Posting2021-07-26T15:10:52+00:00

June’s Posting

The downside to writing a monthly newsletter is sometimes you have something you think is worth saying, but by the time the end of the month rolls around, it’s been said at least four times by three different people. Case in point, the case closure in Cherokee. I think I’ve received at least two emails telling us what a great job we did, plus I believe it was brought up during a PM meeting, and some photos and praise were also featured in this very same newsletter I’m writing for right now. Well I hope everyone’s excited to hear me beat a dead horse, because I’m gonna. In my defense though, this was a particularly well oiled, proficiently accomplished horse that highlights individuals’ talents, as well as folks’ ability to work as a team, and I think it bears rebeating. So let’s start doling out praise (alphabetically).

Addison was kind enough to give me a day to remember the controls before stepping in on day two to learn them, and he’s probably better than me now. Him and Lake also stopped to assist me changing a tire when I had a blowout on the way out to Cherokee, despite me telling them not to worry about it.

One of the biggest downfalls of the Diedrich is squaring up on a well. Sometimes it takes longer to line up the rig than it does to plug the well, but halfway through day one Brant had mind melded with me and despite my subpar backing, was guiding me right on target every time. Sounds like a little thing, but it’s instrumental in keeping the operation rolling. Brant also gets a gold star for putting up with my indecisiveness on taking or dropping my trailer. Hayley fielded questions from randomly appearing landowners, carried chunks of concrete pads out of yards, plugged wells, and hung around the entire time. When the roll off didn’t show up on day one, she immediately got it figured out. She put a lot of work in and it was appreciated. Lake took like a duck to water. He was helpful anywhere he could be, and standing somewhere around six foot thirteen, I suspect may have been instrumental in pulling the pvc from landowners’ backyards by hand. Mike was there early on day one digging for missing wells. He got us lined out and oriented straight away so we could start plugging about as soon as we arrived. Rob. Not even assigned to the job, still helpful. Helped Brant tarp up our trailers before we left the shop. Rob also had his own drill job to do, but when I called him on day one asking for parts that he had that we could use, he sent them our way. Tyler got the Diedrich topped off and made sure it was operating beforehand, as well as making sure equipment and supplies were loaded. Ended up running us parts on day two and getting a tire repaired for us while he was out our way. And with contributions acknowledged, I’d like to point out the most important thing of all: I had a good time being around all these people. That may sound small, but it goes a long way. It makes hot days not so hot and long days not so long. They’re dope individuals who have a genuine interest in lessening the burden on others, and when you work with people who care it doesn’t feel like such a drudge. Everybody worked in unison to make what could have been a chore of a job a success, and keeping with the spirit of celebrating successes, well done everybody. Woo.

June’s Posting2021-07-26T15:09:36+00:00

May’s Posting

It is my intent to draw attention to the daily work life of techs and highlight some aspects that could easily be

overlooked by folks who don’t venture outdoors professionally. I’d like to briefly discuss a hazard that doesn’t often get brought up, but that techs nonetheless deal with on the regular, and help make indoors men privy to it.

We techs spend a decent amount of time in parking lots, but we’re also known to get sent traipsing through the woods on occasion. As such, one of the most wildly irritating menaces you might not consider is poison ivy.

Poison ivy: I know exactly what it looks like, and I’ve actively been watching for it every time I’ve caught it. I’ve personally picked up a debilitating case of it three times working for OES, but none as bad as Addison. Addison, to my knowledge, is the reigning king of poison ivy. Hail to the chief.

Speaking from personal experience, the worst part isn’t the unrelenting itch, it’s the blister creep. Over the course of several days, the blisters slowly migrate from their initial spot, fanning out across your legs, arms, and face if you’re lucky.

A lot of people think it’s the blister fluid that spreads the rash, but it’s actually the residual plant oil left over on surfaces you’ve touched before you realized you’d been infected. So, you’ll hunt for the oil remnants on tools and in your cab trying to wipe it clean, but you won’t find it, and the creep continues until you’re more rash than human and all you can do is paint yourself pink with calamine and look back fondly on less itchy times.

There is good news, however. Repeat exposure to the poison ivy CAN result in sensitization and a lifelong allergy, leading to increasingly severe reactions. So technically, as long as we techs are sent out into the woods, we’ll never have our WORST case of poison ivy, because our NEXT time will always be our worst! Silver linings.

Hopefully, this piece has been illuminating to some of the less glamorous aspects of tech life, and maybe semi entertaining.

May’s Posting2021-07-26T15:10:14+00:00

Cherise Bowens Named Treasurer of Oklahoma Environmental Services

Oklahoma City, OK (June 5, 2020) – Oklahoma Environmental Services (OES) has announced the promotion of Cherise Bowens to the position of Treasurer within the company.  She oversees finance and accounting operations for OES and serves as the secretary for its Board of Directors.

“I am pleased to announce the promotion of Cherise Bowens to the position of Treasurer.   She brings not only a wealth of experience to our accounting operations, but she also embraces technology.  Cherise was instrumental in our recent conversion to a new enterprise accounting/project management software system,” said Deanna Atkinson, President of OES.

Bowens provides general financial oversight of accounting and finance operations, provides reporting for executive management, manages the financial risk of the company, and manages the firm’s cash, liquid and fixed assets.

She has over 10 years of experience providing accounting, finance, and banking support to business organizations ranging from small, entrepreneurial businesses to large, multinational corporations.  Bowens has served as a lead accountant for many functional areas of accounting and previously served as an auditor in public accounting for a greater metro OKC public accounting firm.

“I am excited about the prospect of leveraging technology across the firm to identify and explore opportunities for growth and efficiency in the short-term and long-term for OES,” said Bowens.


About Oklahoma Environmental Services:

Oklahoma Environmental Services (OES), a multi-faceted environmental service and consulting firm, providing a complete range of environmental and compliance services by licensed professionals using innovative technologies.  OES has a professional staff of environmental scientists, geologists, engineers and technicians working to solve your environmental needs.  OES is licensed as remediation consultants in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.  Visit online at

Cherise Bowens Named Treasurer of Oklahoma Environmental Services2020-07-08T20:38:44+00:00

Special Update 3/18/20 – OES is still open for business

During this challenging time, OES is open for business. Please be assured that the health and wellbeing of our employees, our clients, and our community remain our top priority. We have adjusted to implement best practices recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

OES is still available to perform field work and equipment testing services to support our clients with their environmental and compliance needs. Our environmental case management continues as OES project managers work remotely and remain available to clients and the regulatory community.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to your project manager or a member of our team at 888-584-3386. Their phone extensions are:
100   Deanna Atkinson – President
120   Cherise Bowens – Accounting
116   Terri Roberts – SIR/Compliance
109   Tobey Heater – Field Manager/Construction
103   Miranda Lenocker – Tank, Line, etc. Testing
119   Mike Bolz – Hydrologist, Enid
117   Dona Crouch – Project Manager, OKC
104   Kyle Blankenship – Project Manager, Tulsa
107   Erica Henry – Project Manager, Tulsa
118   Ben Fick – ESAs, SPCCs, Asbestos
125   Hayley Cooney – Project Manager, Tulsa
Please know we’re thinking of you during this difficult time! We hope you remain healthy during this pandemic. To help ease the financial burden being placed on small businesses, OES is extending a 10% discount on all our equipment testing services. Call Miranda, ext. 103, to schedule.

OES Staff

Special Update 3/18/20 – OES is still open for business2020-03-23T23:45:05+00:00

Job Opening – Full Time Environmental Project Manager

Work with OES!

Oklahoma Environmental Services is pleased to provide online employment applications. Click on the link below to access our form. Please include any additional pertinent information along with a resume and submit to our HR Department. One of our professional staff members will contact you regarding any career opportunities available at that time.

Posted 11/13/19


Job Opening- Full time environmental project manager position in Tulsa and OKC available. Experience with leaking underground petroleum storage tanks preferred but not required. Bachelor’s degree in geology, environmental science, earth science or engineering required.

ADP Long Application (pdf)

Job Opening – Full Time Environmental Project Manager2019-11-13T18:42:03+00:00

Oklahoma Environmental Services, Inc. to Move to New Campus in Northeast Oklahoma City

For Immediate Release

May 28, 2019

Deanna Atkinson, REM, CSEM

405.605.1720 EXT. 100

OKLAHOMA CITY—Summit Holdings, Inc. dba Oklahoma Environmental Services (OES), celebrated the upcoming move to their new OKC campus on Thursday, May 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly constructed warehouse and groundbreaking ceremony for their new office.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was conducted by representatives of OKC Black Chamber of Commerce including Eran Harril, Terri Owens, and Joel Pendarvis. Special thank you for the following community leaders for also being in attendance and making the OES event successful: Senator George Young Sr., Representative Jason Lowe, Councilwoman Nikki Nice, Shamia Jackson; community outreach specialist for Congresswoman Kendra Horn and J.D. Baker; special assistant to Mayor Holt’s office. Catering was provided by Ray’s Skillet.

“We are excited about the upcoming completion of our Corporate Office and look forward to being part of the Northeast OKC renaissance and contributing to our local community.” said OES President Deanna Atkinson.

OES is a multi-faceted environmental service and consulting firm, providing a complete range of environmental and compliance services by licensed professionals utilizing innovative technologies. They have offices in Tulsa, Enid, and the corporate office is currently located on North Classen Boulevard in Oklahoma City.

OES’s new location is 2424 N Kelley Blvd. For more information, visit or contact Deanna Atkinson at 405.605.1720 ext. 100.


Oklahoma Environmental Services, Inc. to Move to New Campus in Northeast Oklahoma City2019-06-03T16:36:48+00:00


Oklahoma Environmental Services, Inc. invites you to attend the ground breaking celebration of their new corporate office complex in Oklahoma City’s Northeast Renaissance District.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Noon-2:00 p.m. | Networking Lunch 2:00 p.m.

Warehouse Ribbon Cutting &
Ground Breaking of Corporate Office

2424 North Kelley Blvd, Oklahoma City
NE 23rd & Kelley Blvd
RSVP by Tuesday, April 30 to


OES to test soil, groundwater

Oklahoma Environmental Services announced Wednesday the testing of soil and groundwater at 55 petroleum storage tank sites across Oklahoma, including Enid and the surrounding area.

The tank sites, registered as “temporarily out of use,” will be tested for potential leakage. They currently don’t meet Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines either because of not meeting upgrade requirements for continued use or they have not been permanently closed to EPA standards, according to OES.

Recently, Oklahoma Corporation Commission solicited bids from environmental consultants to conduct the sampling effort to determine if any of the tanks have previously leaked. OES won the bid to perform testing, and will begin at each site by drilling either 5 feet or 20 feet below the surface to collect soil and groundwater samples.

If contamination is found, pending eligibility, an available state fund is open to help with required follow-up actions, according to OES.

In a similar situation in 2015, OES examined a site in Okmulgee formerly known as Catfish George’s Place, where former convenience store owner George LeGrand had tanks on his property needing to be removed, but was worried about it being costly. OES approached LeGrand and helped to resolve the storage tank issue.

“Our commitment is to work as aggressively as possible to resolve cases and secure the environmental safety of the communities we serve,” said OES President Deanna Atkinson. “And getting to represent the best interest of clients like Mr. LeGrand is just icing on the cake.”

OES has offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Enid, and completes field work and remediation with in-house consultants and field technicians.

All 55 site assessments are scheduled for completion by May 15.

For information about the investigation, OES can be reached at (888) 584-3386 or by visiting

Article by Ryan Miller of the Enid News & Eagle

OES to test soil, groundwater2018-09-18T19:28:24+00:00