Quote To Live By:“Be the change we wish to see in the world” -Gandhi

Expertise:

  • Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Ground Water Monitoring, Site Characterization
  • Air Pollution Compliance
  • Due Diligence for Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures.

  • Full Profile

    Leah Krause has over 14 years of experience in various sectors of the environmental field.  The primary areas of experience include field experience, regulatory compliance support, onsite air pollution compliance, and regulatory experience in Queensland, Australia for the oil and gas industry.  Primary duties throughout her career have included soil and groundwater sampling, installation of monitoring wells, management of an air pollution compliance program at a power company, and preparation of environmental permits for natural gas development in Australia.  Leah has developed compliance documents, such as permit modification applications, Annual Monitoring Reports, Plan of Operations, Disturbance Protocols, and Environmental Management Plans for several natural gas companies in Australia.

    Education

    • B.S., Geology & Geophysics, Minor in Psychology, University of Missouri – Rolla,  2000
    • Geology Field Camp, Obtained field procedures and mapping skills during a 6-week field course in Cedar City, Utah, 1999.

    Registrations and Certifications

    • Certification of Federal Reference Method 9 Visible Emissions Evaluator, 10/2009
    • OSHA 40-hour Health and Safety Training, with Current 8-hour Refresher Training.

    Committees and Memberships

    • BPU Climate Protection Committee, founder and chairperson, 2008 – 2009.
    • BPU Strategic Planning – Employee Team Member, 2004 -2009.
    • Central Regional Air Planning Association (CENRAP) member, 2003 -2009.
    • Kansas Landfill Association, 2004 -2005..

    Key Experience

    Principal Environmental Officer Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
    (formerly Department of Environment and Resource Management)

    Role was within a team of professional environmental officers assessing and conditioning high priority environmental authorities for gas fields, export pipelines, and LNG facilities on Curtis Island near Gladstone, Queensland.

    Petroleum and Gas Unit

    • Assessment and conditioning of high priority environmental authority (EA) applications for state-significant LNG projects under the Petroleum and Gas Act

    Environmental Protection Act 1994, Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995

    • Advise government agencies, community, and industry on environmental regulations and policies
    • Negotiate with proponents and prepare official correspondence
    • Liaise with Commonwealth Government, various Queensland Government departments and DEHP regional offices on the conditioning of EAs
    • Write briefing notes on project activities and issues as they arise

    Environmental Services

    • Supervision of staff development and projects, including review of work products
    • Assessment and conditioning of development applications under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995 and Environmental Protection Act 1994
    • Advise government agencies, community and industry on environmental regulations and policies
    • Respond to community complaints regarding environmental harm and negotiate positive outcomes
    • Prepare development approvals and correspondence
    • Planning and implementation of targeted compliance inspections
    • Provide on-call incident response

    Director of Air Quality Program/Environmental Scientist

    Spearheaded projects related to continuous air emissions monitoring of power plant stacks, groundwater sampling, landfill management, underground storage tanks, hazardous waste, and emergency response.  Experience includes development of compliance programs, practical problem solving, and technical Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state of Kansas Department of Health, and Environment (KDHE), and the local Wyandotte County Department of Air Quality (DAQ).

    Air Pollution Compliance

    • Gained working knowledge of US Air Pollution Regulations
    • Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEM) systems – maintenance, troubleshooting, QA/QC requirements
    • Opacity Assessments -daily, weekly, monthly and semi-annual basis
    • Compliance Reports – certifications, inventories, summaries, and exceedence reports
    • EPA, KDHE, and DAQ compliance inspections
    • Development of maintenance and best practice plans
    • Planning and oversight of stack testing
    • Title V recordkeeping
    • Continuous research of current events in air issues – Title V Program, New Source Review (NSR), Mercury, Greenhouse Gas, Climate Initiatives

    Landfill Management

    • Tonnage reports
    • Semi-annual inspections
    • Permit renewals
    • Oversee installation of ground water monitoring networks
    • Conduct ground water sampling

    Geologist

    Technical support in conducting field activities related to site assessments and remediation projects, including logging geologic borings, collecting and analyzing site hydrogeological data, analyzing soil and groundwater sample data, and preparation of technical reports.