Resume of Howard W. Earnest

Education & Honors

Engineer of Mines, 1959, Colorado School of Mines

 

Professional Affiliations
  • Society of Mining Engineers
  • Colorado Mining Association
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    Summary of Experience
    2000—Present
    Self–employed mining engineer providing engineering and management services in the following areas: mine planning; site closure; reclamation; exploration drilling programs; and operations oversight for oil shale and mineral extraction projects. Serves as a Senior Associate for Sage Geotech.

     

    1992—1999
    Manager–Amoco Corp’s. Rio Blanco Oil Shale Co.—Rifle, CO.Responsible for all company activities including MIS retort abandonment, environmental monitoring, government agency coordination, water rights, ranch properties, equipment sales, demolition, closure and reclamation of Tract C-a facilities.

     

    1986—1992
    Manager of Operations—Rio Blanco Oil Shale Co./Amoco Corp.—Rifle, CO. Managed Oil Shale Lease Tract C-a MIS retort abandonment, environmental monitoring, ranch properties, water rights, and contract mine evaluation studies for Amoco’s CO oil shale project and its Sunnyside, UT tar sand properties and managed all related engineering services.

     

    1980—1982
    Manager of Mine Operations—Rio Blanco Oil Shale Co.—Rifle, CO. Managed the development and operation of the Tract C-a gassy underground modified in situ (MIS) oil shale mine. Participated in short and long range planning and budgeting for current and future phases of the project.

     

    1979—1980
    Senior Mining Engineer—Rio Blanco Oil Shale Co.—Aurora, CO. Coordinated MIS mine design with engineering contractor.

     

    1974—1979
    Senior Mining Engineer—Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Co.—Rifle, CO. Mine planning, design and cost estimating for oil shale mining and waste disposal projects, including preparation of environmental impact assessments and the Detailed Development Plan for the Ua–Ub prototype oil shale lease tracts in Utah.

     

    1959—1974
    U.S. Steel Corp.
    Varied underground coal and surface limestone and taconite iron ore mine engineering and production supervisory positions—UT, CO, WY & MN.

     

    Strengths
    Throughout Mr. Earnest's 51–year career in mining, he has been involved in the planning, engineering design, operations and management for underground and surface mines extracting coal, limestone, iron ore, tar sands and oil shale. He also has been involved in mine closure, environmental remediation and reclamation activities.

    He has 36 years of experience in the oil shale industry in Colorado and Utah that includes senior management responsibilities for mine planning and design, the preparation of Environmental Impact Studies and Environmental Assessments, federal and state permitting, water rights, property management and interaction with various state and federal agencies.

    Recently, Mr. Earnest has been responsible for contracting and managing oil shale drilling projects and overseeing oil shale bulk sample operations and field services for a number of the Sage Geotech clients.

    Contact Howard W. Earnest

    Cell: 970-261-9254
    Email: howard_earnest@hotmail.com

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    Meet The Team

    Gary D. Aho

    Gary D. Aho
    President

    President of Sage Geotech Inc., providing consulting services to the mining and oil shale industries. Manages engineering work, geologic studies and feasibility studies. Served as the Chairman of the National Oil Shale Association.

    Howard W. Earnest

    Howard W. Earnest
    Senior Associate

    Self-employed mining engineer providing engineering and management services in the following areas: mine planning; site closure; reclamation; exploration drilling programs; and operations oversight for oil shale and mineral extraction projects.

    Robert A. Loucks

    Robert A. Loucks
    Senior Associate

    Providing expert advice and review of oil shale retorting processes and shale oil upgrading and refining flow sheets. Prepares project plans, engineering cost estimates and project schedules.

    Bobby P. Faulkner

    Bobby P. Faulkner
    Senior Associate

    Retired, providing consulting services to companies in U. S. and overseas related to mineral processing, pyro-metallurgical processes and development.

    Glen Sykes

    Glen Sykes
    Senior Associate

    President of SMEC, Inc. Specializes in underground mine design, construction and operations.

    Ed Cooley

    Ed Cooley
    Senior Associate

    Engineering Design, Process Development and Environmental Permitting Consultant to oil shale, oil and gas and sodium minerals industries.

    Glenn Vawter

    Glenn Vawter
    Senior Associate

    President of ATP Services, LLC, providing consulting services to government contractors, energy companies, and oil shale developers.