Statement of Qualifications
Environmental Services


Company Profile
Environmental Compliance Audits
Environmental Site Assessments
Characterization & Remediation
Petroleum Storage Tanks
Field Services


Company Profile

Trident Environmental provides products and services to the environmental and energy industry.  For the environmental market, Trident develops specific strategies for assessing and resolving the major environmental and engineering challenges of ownership and management of commercial, industrial, and government facilities.  We offer practical solutions that carefully balance site conditions, available technologies, regulatory requirements, and economic realities.

Trident's areas of environmental expertise include:  

Trident’s clients include regional and national leaders in industry, finance, real estate, insurance, and banking.  Cities, states, Federal government agencies, and the military have also called on Trident associates to help with their environmental problems.  A majority of our revenue is generated by existing clients or through referrals, confirming our reputation for excellence in the industry.  The Midland, Texas office was opened in 1994 as a satellite office to Geoscience Consultants, Ltd.  Its purpose was to provide a local responsive staff specifically experienced in the environmental and regulatory concerns of the petroleum industry.  Projects managed by Trident of particular interest to the local industry include:

To provide this diverse offering of quality technical services, Trident is staffed by long-time Permian Basin residents who are familiar with all aspects of oil & gas operations, the associated environmental problems, and the local economic concerns.  The expertise of our environmental staff enables us to present our clients with solutions that meet their environmental, operational, financial, and regulatory concerns.



Environmental Compliance Audits

In addition to the potential liability associated with the environmental impact of activities conducted on its own property, a corporate entity must also be concerned with the potential liability associated with activities conducted at facilities processing, storing, treating, or disposing of any waste or co-products/byproducts.  Programs such as those implemented under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) are designed to ensure waste is responsibly managed from the point of generation to the final disposition (i.e., “cradle to grave”) and to identify any potentially responsible parties (PRPs) where environmental impacts have occurred because of waste and hazardous chemical management practices.  As a result, it has become prudent for corporate entities to conduct environmental compliance assessments of both their own properties and the properties of others where waste and co-product/by-product materials are managed.  Environmental compliance assessments are intended to identify and correct noncompliance issues that may exist at a facility and to ensure continued compliance with ever-changing environmental regulations.

Trident is experienced in conducting environmental compliance assessments at numerous types of facilities, including oil and gas, manufacturing, mining, waste disposal, and co-product/byproduct processing facilities.  Trident’s environmental compliance assessment teams are made up of individuals with combined experience in the various environmental media, and may include chemical, civil, and environmental engineers.  Trident ensures all environmental compliance issues are addressed by accessing team members and associates that possess unique technical strengths and have outstanding interview and data gathering skills.  Trident assessments teams not only conduct a thorough site compliance assessment to determine regulatory compliance, but also evaluate management organization controls and operational procedures for support of continued compliance.  Trident’s typical environmental compliance assessment includes the following three steps:

The remainder of the assessment visit involves document review, facility personnel interviews, and hands-on site inspection.  Throughout the inspection, the checklists circulated to facility personnel in advance are used to ensure all of the necessary information has been obtained.  The site inspection includes all storage and process areas and fence lines or property line boundaries, particularly if they coincide with discharge outfalls and abandoned disposal areas.  Any areas, operations, or processes of concern to team members are noted and photographed to establish location and condition.



Environmental Site Assessments

In the past, property owners occasionally found that when they purchased a piece of property, the property was not the only thing they purchased.  Shortly after the transaction was complete, the new property owner discovered the property contained environmental hazards that could cost thousands of dollars in fines and remediation fees.

Federal and state environmental regulations place the burden on lenders and potential owners of real estate to make a duly diligent effort to research the environmental hazards on the property they acquire title to, foreclose on, maintain a security in, or assist in managing.  Property transfer audits evaluate the potential environmental hazards that may exist on a property due to past use with respect to geology and hydrology, nearby properties and structures, and the property itself.  They also help establish "innocent landowner" status.  By establishing this, the potential property owner's liability for environmental problems is limited.  Trident Environmental has the technical expertise to conduct all three phases of an ESA.

Phase I ESA: A Phase I ESA is a qualitative assessment of a property.  For a Phase I ESA, activities typically include:  

Upon completion of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Trident will submit a written report to the client summarizing the findings.

Phase II ESA: If observations made and evidence developed during the Phase I ESA cannot support innocent landowner status, a Phase II ESA is conducted.  A Phase II ESA confirms or refutes preliminary findings of potential environmental liabilities.  It also quantifies the extent and significance of problems associated with the site.  In addition to the tasks performed during the Phase I ESA, a Trident Phase II ESA may include:

Upon completion of the site inspection, Trident will submit a written report, documenting observations made during sampling, sampling locations, methodology, analytical methods and results, and, if necessary, any recommendations for additional investigation work.

Phase III ESA: A Phase III ESA is a more detailed investigation that further quantifies the vertical and horizontal extent of hazardous waste compounds.  Trident's Phase III ESAs consist of all the activities performed during the Phase I and II audits, as well as sampling and analysis of surface soil, materials in sumps and drains, subsurface soil obtained from monitoring well installations, soil vapor, transformers containing PCBs, and building materials containing asbestos or lead-based paint.

Also during a Phase III audit, Trident provides an estimate of the engineering costs for site remediation.  All observations and findings of the Phase III ESA are summarized and included in a report submitted by Trident.


Characterization & Remediation

When most companies learn of a contaminant release, they immediately consider the threats the release poses to human health and the environment.  While these factors should be the foremost concerns when a contaminant release is discovered, the impacts the release has on a company's profits should also be considered.

Contaminant releases can lead to worker illnesses and injuries and environmental impairment.  These, in turn, lead to decreased worker productivity and potential lawsuits filed by workers, neighbors, and concerned citizens.  To protect human health and the environment, as well as avoid costly lawsuits, characterization of contaminant releases is crucial.  From a site characterization, the appropriate remedial response, if necessary, can be determined.

Contaminant Releases: Releases of contaminants can occur from a wide variety of activities and can affect one or more media, receptors, and environments.  Releases can occur into the air, soil, surface water, and groundwater.  Risks associated with a contaminant release can range from minimal human health risks and environmental impacts, such as those posed by a small release from a drum in a remote, arid location, to an ongoing source of exposure to a community, such as risks associated with a contaminated groundwater aquifer tapped by municipal wells.

Environmental Regulations: The characterization and remediation of contaminant releases to the environment is governed by a variety of Federal environmental regulations, including RCRA, CERCLA or Superfund, and for federally funded projects, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  In addition to Federal regulations, individual states typically adopt regulations that are equal to, or more protective than Federal regulations.  Regardless of the regulatory umbrella, contaminant releases generally require an investigation to determine the extent of contamination, followed by corrective actions to remedy the release and mitigate further impairment of human health and the environment.

The ultimate goal of any site characterization and remediation program is site closure.  Closure involves regulatory agency approval that appropriate actions have been taken to effectively abate the release and that future liabilities or encumbrances related to the release have been limited.

Site Characterization and Remediation Services: Trident Environmental and their associates uses a team of professional geologists, hydrogeologists, chemists, biologists, engineers, technical support specialists, certified industrial hygienists, and other technical experts to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and manage the characterization and remediation of environmental releases.  This team provides cost-effective environmental risk characterization and management, leading to closure of the release site.  Trident's site characterization and remediation professionals provide the following:

From release reporting to health risk assessment to site characterization planning and execution to site closure, Trident has the regulatory and technical expertise to help industry achieve cost-effective regulatory compliance and expedite closure.



Petroleum Storage Tanks

The environmental laws and regulations enacted over the past 25 years have sought to address obvious environmental offenses, such as illegal dumping activities and uncontrolled discharges from industrial processes.  These offenses and their impacts to the quality of life are becoming acutely obvious.  Less obvious are the chronic problems created by isolated incidents of negligent use and control of our environment.  Leaking petroleum storage tanks (LPSTs) have been identified as one such chronic problem.  While relatively inconspicuous in isolated cases, LPSTs are a potential source of tremendous cumulative impact to the environment, particularly groundwater resources. USTs contain a wide variety of substances, from carefully controlled hazardous wastes to petroleum products stored for high-volume retail sales.  A single LPST may create only a local problem.  However, with several million USTs across the nation, LPSTs have the potential to impact our environment on a large scale.

The possibility of such an impact has prompted environmental laws to include provisions that regulate the management of USTs.  Under RCRB, EPA has broad authority to regulate a wide range of activities related to hazardous wastes or any substance that could potentially impact the environment, including USTs.  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has been given authority to regulate petroleum storage tank (PST) management, spill assessment, and remediation action associated with most industrial and retail applications in Texas.  Many states, including Texas, have established financial assistance programs to aid the responsible parties in PST release assessment and cleanup problems.  A detailed understanding of TCEQ regulatory compliance guidelines is critical to ensure maximum reimbursement under 30 TAC Chapter 334.

PST Management Issues: The concerns and issues facing PST owners and operators range from compliance with specific regulatory requirements and associated legal liabilities, to intangible issues such as public relations and corporate image.  Some of these issues can be addressed in a straightforward manner, while others require the development of strategies based on state-of-the-art expertise combined with extensive PST project experience.

PST Management Services: PST management encompasses many technical issues, including compliance with Federal and state regulations, upgrading of PST systems, response to tank releases, removal of leaking PSTs, investigation of contaminant migration from tank releases, and corrective actions to remedy environmental damage caused by tank releases.  A comprehensive approach to PST management ensures protection of human health and safety and the environment.  Trident provides comprehensive PST management services, including the following:

The burden of complying with state regulations and properly managing PST systems can be tremendous.  The expertise needed includes specialized knowledge of the regulations, practical knowledge of the regulations, skill in dealing with regulatory agencies, and specialized technical expertise in how to respond to the requirements of the regulations.

Trident is qualified to manage PST systems in a cost-effective manner.  Our multi-disciplinary staff, wide range of project experience, specialized equipment and capabilities, flexible management style, focus on client-service, and commitment to quality are the foundation upon which our success has been built.  


Field Services

In addition to providing the highest quality field services on environmental projects managed internally, Trident Environmental can also provide professional field services for projects managed directly by the client or by other environmental consultant firms.  Over the past few years Trident has developed a strong reputation for providing cost effective and reliable field services to exact client specifications for several natural gas gathering and environmental consultant companies who do not have a local office in the Permian Basin.  Trident maintains a large selection of field service equipment that can be instantly utilized for the collection of data, maintenance of remedial systems, and oversight of heavy equipment.  All of the Trident field service personnel are licensed Profession Geoscientist and are HAZWHOPER certified to ensure that the highest quality data will be safely recovered.  Some of the field services provided include:

Trident Environmental is able to utilize all members of it's professional staff to achieve our clients field services goals while remaining cost competitive because it's "activity-based" rate schedule.  This system is unique to the environmental consulting industry.  It allows our most experienced project managers to help out with field work, remain on the cutting edge of field services technology, and provide a much higher degree of quality without penalizing our client's field work budget.