Dan Tormey, Ph.D., P.G.

Dr. Daniel Tormey has 25 years of experience as a geologist, geochemist, and engineer. He has well-developed skills in framing and analyzing environmental issues and in communicating complex ideas to a wide range of audiences. Dr. Daniel Tormey is an expert in energy, water resources, and land management, and conducts environmental reviews for both government and industry. He works with the environmental aspects of all types of energy development, with an emphasis on oil and gas, including hydraulic fracturing, produced water management, pipelines, LNG terminals, refineries and retail facilities. He studies sediment transport, hydrology, water supply, water quality, and groundwater-surface water interaction. He has led over two hundred studies requiring fate and transport analysis of chemicals in the environment. He has managed some of the most controversial land management projects in the US.

Noted for his ability to implement creative approaches to project challenges, Dr. Tormey has managed several “first in class” projects, including the Environmental Impact Statement for the first offshore LNG terminal in the United States, the first use of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s backstop authority to override state denials of transmission line projects and the first comprehensive study of all of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing.

He is on the Steering Committee of the study of the effects of Hydraulic Fracturing in California being led by the California Council on Science and Technology. He was named by the US National Academy of Sciences to the Science Advisory Board for Giant Sequoia National Monument; is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Society of Petroleum Engineers; is on the review committee on behalf of IUCN for the UNESCO World Heritage Site List and member of the IUCN Geoscientist Specialist Group; is volcanologist for Cruz del Sur, an emergency response and contingency planning organization in Chile; was an Executive in Residence at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo; and is a Professional Geologist in California. He has worked throughout the USA, Australia, Indonesia, China, Italy, Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Senegal, South Africa, Armenia and the Republic of Georgia. He has an active research program in volcanology, glaciovolcanic effects, volcano-seismic interaction, and biophysical risk analysis and communication.

PhD. Geology and Geochemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989
B.S. Civil Engineer and Geology, Stanford University, 1983

  • Professional Geologist, California (#5927)

  • National Academy of Sciences Science Advisory Council for Giant Sequoia National Monument (Physical Sciences)

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation Advisory Council (through IUCN)

  • IUCN Geoheritage Specialist Group

  • Distinguished Lecturer, Society of Petroleum Engineers

  • California Council on Science and Technology Steering Committee for Study of Hydraulic Fracturing in California

  • Volcanologist, Cruz del Sur, Chile

Megan Schwartz


Ms. Schwartz has 15 years of experience as an environmental planner and project manager. She has addressed many controversial issues related to energy development in the southwestern US and globally. She works with electrical local utilities, the oil and gas industry, and regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over energy production.

Ms. Schwartz has extensive experience evaluating potential impacts of proposed projects under the California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act, as well as other state-specific equivalent regulations for commercial and government clients for projects ranging from urban redevelopment to Department of Defense facility improvements.  Her NEPA project experience spans 20 states, Puerto Rico and two cross-border projects in Mexico affecting resources in the U.S. In addition, her CEQA experience includes restoration and habitat improvement project, land development projects, and energy projects.

She excels at regulatory compliance, including permitting and mitigation planning and implementation. She is extremely adept at completing projects on time and within budget and coordinating multiple resources to ensure that work products meet or exceed client expectations

M.E.S.M. Coastal Resources Planning, UC Santa Barbara, 2004
B.A. Anthropology, UC San Diego, 2002

Ben Pogue,  M.P.A, P.M.P, A.I.C.P

Mr. Pogue has 15 years of professional experience performing natural resource analysis and environmental compliance for a wide range of public, private, and tribal clients.  His primary area of practice is managing complex commercial energy projects through the federal compliance processes, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act, Federal Land Policy & Management Act, and National Historic Preservation Act.  Throughout his career, Mr. Pogue has developed rapport with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Department of Energy (DOE), and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) district offices across the western U.S. He has also worked successfully with both power and mining interests in the Pacific Northwest.

Mr. Pogue brings a long-term and diverse experience working with Tribes throughout the western U.S. on executing environmental compliance on tribal trust lands, or Reservations. The focus of his tribal project experience is planning and performing environmental compliance for a wide range of tribal economic development initiatives, including agricultural production, water rights/use, commercial developments, and energy projects.

Mr. Pogue has experience in planning and permitting renewable and non-renewable energy facilities. encouraging clients to focus on the initial phases of the environmental planning process to save clients' time and money in avoiding critical and environmental sensitive areas, as well as streamlining the permitting process. 

M.P.A, Natural Resource Management & Environmental Policy, Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs, 2005
B.A., History, Environmental Geoscience, DePauw University, 2002

  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, 2012

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), American Planning Association, 2015

David (Chip) Blankenhorn, P.G.

Mr. Blankenhorn has over 20 years of experience in the environmental consulting business. Over that time, he has worked in all aspects of the business including delivering complex, interdisciplinary projects, preparing and executing focused business development plans and strategies, and leading various operating units including a national division of a publicly traded, global engineering and environmental services firm. 

His technical background includes conducting hydrology and geomorphology studies, evaluating groundwater resources and groundwater/surface water interactions, site assessment and remediation, conducting fish passage assessments, and preparing various regulatory permits and environmental planning and compliance documents. He has worked across the United States over a broad range of markets including oil and gas, power generation and transmission, water management and supply, and land development/management. He utilizes his diverse, interdisciplinary background to develop, execute, and deliver cost-effective solutions to our clients. 

M.S. Civil Engineering – Environmental Engineering and Science, Stanford University, 1994
B.S. Applied Earth Science, Stanford University, 1993

Professional Geologist, California (#7009) 

Justin Campbell

Mr. Campbell is an environmental professional with over 15 years of experience in the environmental industry.  He has a diverse background that combines technical and scientific understanding with a strong project management discipline.  He is adept at completing projects on time and within budget and coordinating multiple resources and project teams to exceed client expectations. 

His primary area of practice is managing complex environmental site assessments and remediation projects for onshore oil and gas operations and legacy industrial sites. Mr. Campbell routinely performs project and program level management for energy sector clients and has been the client manager for several key oil and gas clients throughout California, Alaska, Wyoming, and North Dakota.  His areas of specialization include: environmental site assessments (ESAs, Levels I, II, III); environmental compliance; construction project management; hazardous waste management; emergency spill response; stormwater management; and, sediment/erosion control practices.  He has held key roles in coordinating with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and has a working knowledge of many of the state and local regulatory requirements. In addition, Mr. Campbell has extensive experience supporting geomorphology studies and managing stream/habitat restoration projects throughout the western US. 

B.A. Geography and Environment Studies, California State University, Northridge, 2001

  • Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) No. 6189

  • Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD) / Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) No. 01088

  • Registered Environmental Property Assessor (REPA) No. 987187

Paden Voget, P.E.

Ms. Voget is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 14 years of experience in environmental and civil engineering consulting. She has a diverse background that includes California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act projects, environmental compliance, construction project management, environmental permitting, civil/restoration engineering, and water resources projects. She is highly experienced in working with federal and California environmental regulations and has a working knowledge of many other state and local regulatory requirements and agencies. Much of her past and current projects involve assessing environmental issues, environmental compliance monitoring, and preparing environmental compliance documents.

Ms. Voget has accumulated extensive experience in environmental assessment, remediation, and development of onshore and offshore oil and gas and mining assets. Her expertise ranges from performing and managing initial due diligence through subsurface investigations and remedial actions at complicated sites under a variety of state and federal programs. In addition, she has significant expertise in water resources projects including development of watershed and groundwater management programs, water quality compliance, geomorphic assessment, and stream restoration.

B.S. Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University, 2002

Mike Rudd, P.E.

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Mr. Rudd is a results-driven leader focused on building strong relationships and providing expertise in program management, state-of-the-art design, and cost-effective project implementation to meet customer demands. He is adept in formulating a strategic vision, creating teams to meet client objectives and providing cost savings via projects and initiatives that finish on time and on budget. He consistently builds and motivates well-disciplined, business-focused teams, and is a skilled, successful leader able to plan and execute engineering studies and design and lead diverse cross-functional teams. Mr. Rudd is currently serving as Catalyst’s Director of Engineering.

Mr. Rudd has over 25 years building progressive management and consulting experience in program, operations, and project management throughout the western US with a knack for assessing issues and developing practical solutions. He has extensive experience managing complex environmental and civil programs involving scoping, costing, risk evaluation, contract negotiation, feasibility studies, permitting, engineering design, construction, and closeout.  As a professional civil engineer, Mr. Rudd has extensive experience in planning, conceptual and final design, and project management of environmental and civil engineering projects. As Director of Catalyst’s engineering and restoration services, Mr. Rudd provides senior engineering oversight on all drainage and erosion control, municipal improvement, and habitat restoration projects.

BS, Agricultural Engineering, California Polytechnic Univ., SLO CA, 1987
AA, Mathematics, Columbia College, Columbia, CA, 1983

  • California Professional Engineer (C 51806)

  • QSD/QSP (22717)

  • OSHA Hazwoper 40-hr