Paul has been the lead geologist helping his clients restart hardrock mining operations in Nevada, Utah, and California. Paul's background in the mining process from exploration to mine production has given his clients the practical experience to combine geologic, geotechnical and metallurgical test work to facilitate successful mining operations. One project of note is the Mountain Pass Rare-Earth Element (REE) Mine where Paul assisted in the restart the mine into full production as the mine geologist, and later as the interim mine manager. Paul is a Nevada Certified Environmental Manager (CEM) demonstrating well-rounded experience in local community and government engagement with an emphasis on environmental and regulatory sensitivities common in today's mining districts.
To advance the state of the practice, Paul served four years as the Vice President and President for the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Geological Society of Nevada and actively participates in professional mining groups including the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration (SME), and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). He successfully designed and installed a bioremediation cell facility approved by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) to treat impacted soil at a remote gold mining operation. Paul utilizes acoustic televiewers (ATV) during reverse circulation (R/C) exploration drilling programs to combine mineral exploration with the collection of rock fracture data vital in the designing of slope-stable open pit mine. During the most recent start up at Mountain Pass, Paul discovered legacy ore grade stockpiles built in the 1960s that were immediately available to be used as mill feed while the open pit was still being prepared for mining, affording the new owner/operators' months of viable mill production.