Ken Smith is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in Pennsylvania with more than 33 years of experience managing client liabilities and remediation in multiple states and under varying regulatory conditions.Recently, he has focused on supporting environmental permitting and planning projects for large-scale linear projects in the oil and gas and power sectors.
Ken has extensive experience with managing and supporting programs for numerous oil and gas (O&G), power, chemical, and industrial clients. Some of the client programs have included the following: ExxonMobil, Shell, Sunoco & Sunoco Logistics, General Electric, and PPG. In these roles, Ken ensured the highest level of client satisfaction by delivering value-added solutions and exceeding project and program objectives.
In addition, Ken has significant experience developing and managing operations and practices structures.
The operations provided an array of environmental services and practices for a wide variety of market sectors and geographies with a maximum of approximately 650 staff. The practice management was concentrated on environmental permitting and planning services (EP&P) in the Northeast with approximately 350 professional staff serving primarily the O&G-midstream and power-electric transmission and distribution markets.
In addition to being ultimately responsible for all projects that were assigned to the operations and practice, he was directly involved with the day-to-day oversight of many large-scale projects as the project director or principal. For example, Ken was the project director for a 128-mile linear permitting project from Pennsylvania to New Jersey with budget value of $24M. The services provided for this project included: FERC resource reports, route siting studies, engineering cost estimates, land acquisition support, and cultural resources and biological surveys.
Other roles Ken has experienced included being the primary architect of the policies and procedures for a performance-based contracting program and principal in charge of all bidding and negotiating for that type of contract. In this role he reported directly to the ownership and was responsible for the successful execution of the work, meeting the defined goals and standards including regulatory closures, health and safety, and quality; and managing risk/reward aspects of the contracts. This oversight required a thorough understanding and application of the regulations, site conceptual model, and remediation technologies as well as innovative approaches to a variety challenges to achieve the desired outcomes. During his tenure in this role, the company secured 37 contracts across the United States with an approximate value of $74M with prominent clients such as, ExxonMobil, Shell, Sunoco, Kinder Morgan, United Refining and Cumberland Farms. The contracts have been an overall success in meeting both the client's and company's expectations.