Erik Gessert serves as the technical lead for the Petroleum Remediation Program within the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety and has worked for the State of Colorado since 2010.
In this role Erik has focused on incorporating state of the science technologies into the program, including green and sustainable practices, advanced characterization techniques, conceptual site model development, and SMART objective development to address environmental concerns. Erik has also worked in partnership with industry representatives to enhance the consultant-based program within the State with the Recognized Environmental Professional designation set to roll out in 2018.
Prior to joining the State, Erik worked as an environmental consultant specializing in petroleum remediation and was responsible for managing projects and budgets, performing technical evaluations and implementing corrective action plans. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering (with a minor in Environmental Studies) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. Erik obtained his Professional Engineering license from the State of Colorado in 2007.
Abstract: Recognized Environmental Professionals – A New Partnership
The Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) has maintained the Listed Consultant Program since 1997 to assist owners/operators with the selection of environmental consultants. Effective January 1, 2018, Recognized Environmental Professionals (REPs) will replace Individual Listed Consultants. The purpose of the REP designation is to better align decision-making responsibility between OPS, environmental consultants and responsible parties by identifying environmental consultants who can demonstrate decision-making experience on releases to the environment. This presentation will focus on the transition and distinction between these designations, and the positive vision and partnerships the REP designation points toward.