Drezden Kinnaird: CGRS’ regulatory compliance specialist
That’s a never-ending process, as federal, state, and/or local authorities continue to propose or implement new regulations, whether they are related to oil and gas facilities or more recent enforcement of air-quality regulations for gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs).
“This has been a long period of a lot of regulatory changes, and Drezden has been part of the stakeholder discussions throughout,” Vallance said. “It’s helped not only our Energy business, but our Refined Fuels business, also.”
Consultant & advocate
In CGRS’ role as a consultant – especially to owners and operators of smaller facilities – it’s important to get involved and stay plugged into the regulatory process, Kinnaird said.
“The majority of our oil and gas clients don’t have an in-house environmental health and safety person on staff,” she said. “They’re all wearing many hats and there’s an overwhelming number of regulatory changes related to the industry. We try to communicate what they need to do to stay in compliance and give them one less thing to worry about.”
If a regulating authority seeks input on proposed regulations, Kinnaird will provide feedback based on what she understands are the goals of the regulations, as well as what the reasonable expectations might be for owners/operators. When a client requests a consultation, she draws on her own knowledge as well as that from other experts and resources, so she is providing the most accurate information available.
“I enjoy advocating,” she said. “In the end, our job is to help clients meet compliance no matter what the regulations are. I enjoy being a part of stakeholder processes because they allow me an opportunity to advocate for our clients before the regulations are finalized. I’ve always enjoyed having a role in regulatory compliance because it has a direct positive impact on the health of the environment.”
Kinnaird obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Technology with a concentration in Environmental Pollution Control, and a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Cartography from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado. The unique skills she brought to the Energy team allowed her to play a key role in the leak detection and repair program, groundwater monitoring service, and recordkeeping and reporting related to air quality.
“In my role, I’ve been able to use my degree and my GIS background, as well as the knowledge and experience I’ve gained by being involved in the industry,” Kinnaird said. “I’ve been lucky to have been able to do that.”
Vallance said Kinnaird has worked hard to become an invaluable member of the Energy team and CGRS as a whole.
“She’s leading one of our larger groups with the Energy team,” he said. “Her leadership abilities have grown significantly. I know her team trusts her, and I certainly trust her to lead those folks. It’s been a pleasure to work with Drezden and see her grow.”