MP&A employee, Tobyn Celler, volunteers with St. Bernard Project to restore blighted properties in the New Orleans area. St. Bernard Project works with local communities to restore housing for low to moderate income residents. Thank you for your work, Tobyn!
MP&A employees participated in continuing education conferences and classes this month. Two of our MP&A employees participated in the annual Air and Waste Management Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Environmental Conference in New Orleans. One of our environmental scientists completed a Wetland Training Institute course for Basic Wetland Delineation. His completion of this Army Corps of Engineers based course expands our expertise in the hydric soils and hydrophytic vegetation used for wetlands delineation.
MP&A employees are continuing their education at the graduate level. Two of our engineers are working towards earning a Graduate Coastal Engineering Certificate from the University of New Orleans and one of our environmental scientists will complete a Master’s degree in Soil and Water Sciences this fall from the University of Florida. With these degrees, MP&A will have increased capabilities in the fields of coastal sediment transport , levees, slope stability, dredging methods, coastal restoration, shoreline change, marsh edge erosion, and soil and water quality. Congratulations to our graduate students!
Seven experienced geologists at MP&A were recently licensed as Professional Geoscientists by the Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists. Licensing is governed by the Louisiana Professional Geoscience Practice Act 228, which was effective May 28, 2014. The professional license is based on education and years of experience and can be earned by qualifying geologists, geophysicists and geochemists. This certification qualifies our geologists to perform geoscientific review and evaluation and to protect the natural resources of the state in their roles as consultants and managers providing scientific services. We are proud of this distinction and proud of our professional geoscientists.
August 2015: Patrick Ritchie and John McGuire competed in the Tarpon Triathlon race consisting of a 150-meter swim, ten-mile bike and 5K run along Bayou Black in Houma, Louisiana. Patrick finished sixth out of 15 in his age group with an overall time of 1:10:31.4. John finished seventh out of 13 in his age group with an overall time of 1:04:09.5. This was Patrick’s third time competing in this triathlon and was John’s third race of the season. Proceeds from the race support a local non-profit youth swim team.
July 2015: MP&A has had zero OSHA-reportable injuries in the past three years in all working conditions and environments, including industrial facilities, remote swamps, coastal marshes, marine settings, cropland, and neighborhoods. As a result of our recognized expertise in health and safety, MP&A has been asked to assist with preparing contractors for Contractor Safety Program audits and our own programs have been audited and approved by major oil company client groups. Our company is registered with ISNetworld, a third-party verification service for Health and Safety programs, and we are a member the National Safety Council. We conduct initial and annual health and safety training, occupational physicals, and drug testing on all non-administrative employees. We train our employees in 40-hour HAZWOPER training, first aid instruction, and driver safety education. Our program includes strong leadership and all employees working together to achieve our goal of zero incidents.
July 2015: MP&A achieved No Further Action status from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on the clean closures of four former cattle dip vat sites in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. The work was performed turnkey and lump sum for a worldwide pharmaceutical company.
November 2014 through July 2015: MP&A completed environmental remediation and site restoration in an active oilfield on behalf of two major oil and gas companies. The work included demolition, well plugging, soil remediation, and closure of multiple pits.