James Jacobs

MR. JAMES JACOBS teaches classes in environmental management, safety and assessment, and environmental remediation related to oil and gas field operations. He has written two books related to oil spills and gas leaks (McGraw-Hill, 2014) and one on the safety and environmental issues associated with hydraulic fracture stimulation techniques (McGraw-Hill, in press). He has experience as an exploration geologist in the oil industry, developing and evaluating oil prospects and performing field operations as a geologist. He is a Certified Petroleum Geologist (C.Pet.G) through the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. As an environmental geologist, he has worked over 25 years on hundreds of sites with petroleum hydrocarbons, including oil and gas fields, pipelines, terminals, and retail outlets. He has also provided training related to safety and environmental topics to professionals and graduate students in the U.S. and internationally. James has worked on numerous litigation cases as an expert witness, several of the cases being related to environmental and safety issues at oil and gas fields; also other projects related to peer review and contractor evaluation projects. Since 1990, he has worked extensively on and written widely about the assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and heavy metals. He is the qualifying individual for the California contractor license (#799370) in general engineering, drilling, building, hazardous waste removal, and asbestos removal. He has supervised dozens of underground storage tank removal projects. James has a BA in Geology and English from Franklin and Marshall College, and an MA in Geology from the University of Texas in Austin.