Latest News – May 18
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Business News: New Appointments
Matthews Appointed to Oil & Gas Committee
Dr. Vince Matthews, Leadville Resident and Principal of Leadville Geology LLC, has been appointed to the Committee on Unconventional Oil & Gas Development sponsored by the Health Effects Institute (HEI).
HEI ,located in Boston, is a nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 as an independent research organization to provide high-quality, impartial, and relevant science on the health effects of air pollution. Typically, HEI receives half of its core funds from the US Environmental Protection Agency and half from the worldwide motor vehicle industry.
The Committee is composed of fourteen scientists from across the country; eight are from universities, five from research institutes, and one from the private sector (Matthews). The charge of the committee is to review the potential human health, ecological, environmental, and social impacts of unconventional gas and oil development in the Appalachian Basin and use the review to develop a priority-based Strategic Scientific Research Plan for better understanding these potential impacts.
New BOR Area Manager, Includes Lake County
The Bureau of Reclamation’s (BOR) Great Plains Region has selected J. Signe Snortland as the Deputy Area Manager for the Eastern Colorado Area Office in Loveland, Colo. Snortland will assumed her responsibilities as Deputy Area Manager yesterday, May 18. She replaces Jacklynn Gould who was promoted to Area Manager in January.
“I am looking forward to Signe joining the Area Office in this important leadership position,” said Gould. “She brings a broad range of expertise to our office in managing water and hydropower projects. She brings a strong customer focused approach and demonstrated ability to implement innovative and collaborative solutions to complex issues.”
Prior to accepting the Deputy Area Manager position, Snortland served as an Environmental Specialist for Reclamation’s Dakotas Area Office in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is a graduate of Reclamation’s Executive Leadership Development Program. She has successfully managed several large, complex projects, including the Arkansas Valley Conduit and Mount Elbert Pumped-Storage Plant Rehabilitation Project in the Eastern Colorado Area Office; the Lower Yellowstone Intake Project Environmental Assessment in the Montana Area Office; the Red River Valley Water Supply Project Environmental Impact Statement in the Dakotas Area Office; and the Republican River Basin Study in the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office.
The Eastern Colorado Area Office is home to two major Reclamation projects: the Colorado Big-Thompson and Fryingpan-Arkansas. Together, the projects provide water to over 1.5 million people.