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Dan Tormey

Ph.D., P.G​​​​​​​

President, Technical Director
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, including oil and gas, including hydraulic fracturing, produced water management, pipelines, LNG terminals, refineries and retail facilities; and all types of electrical generation and transmission.

He studies sediment transport, hydrology, water supply, water quality, and groundwater-surfacewater interaction. He has led over two hundred studies requiring fate and transport analysis of chemicals in the environment. He has managed studies of the environmental effects of some of the most controversial land management projects in the US including the largest dam removal, deregulation of the electrical generation industry in California, the first offshore LNG terminal, and the environmental effects of coal mine and power plant closures, including socioeconomic effects.

He has studied climate change and climate change adaptation since 1994. He was on the Steering Committee of the 2015 study of the effects of Hydraulic Fracturing in California being led by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), led the only focused study of environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing in the country (at a Los Angeles oil field), and submitted technical reports to the EPA SAB in their consideration of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing.

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; recipient of the 2018 SPE award for Environment, Safety, and Corporate Social responsibility; 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. He has a Ph.D. in Geology and Geochemistry from MIT, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering and Geology from Stanford.


  • ​​​​​​U. S. National Academy of Sciences: Science Advisory Board – Giant Sequoia National Monument (2002-2008)
  • SPE Regional Award for Environmental and Social Responsibility 2017
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers Distinguished Lecturer 2015-2016
  • IUCN Geoscientist Specialist Group
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Review Panel (2009 - present)
  • California Council on Science and Technology: Hydraulic Fracturing Study
  • Executive in Residence – California Polytechnic University
  • Lead Scientist, Cruz del Sur (Andean post-disaster search and rescue group)


Ph.D., Geology and Geochemistry, MIT, 1989
B.S., Civil Engineering and Geology, Stanford University, 1983
Professional Geologist

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