Subject Matter Expertise

Ken Fucik, M.S.

Ken Fucik, M.S.

Marine Environmental Consultant

40+ years of experience

Roles & Responsibilities

Ken Fucik has extensive experience in engaging, interacting, and negotiating with regulatory agencies in the U.S. and abroad. He has also been involved in studies with testing and monitoring of produced waters and other wastewater discharges in both marine and freshwater environments around the world. 

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Consulting

Aquatic Toxicology

Environmental Permitting

Background

Previous Experience

Mr. Fucik has over 40 years experience in the environmental industry. Over his career, he has performed work in offshore and onshore environments throughout the U.S. and internationally. 

For 18 years, he owned and managed a company that provided consulting services and included ownership of aquatic toxicology and chemical analytical laboratories in the U.S. and in Peru. During this time, he was involved in studies with testing and monitoring of produced waters and other wastewater discharges in both marine and freshwater environments around the world. The lab performed a major study looking at the effects of oil and dispersed oil on the eggs and larvae of eight marine species in the Gulf of Mexico that later served as the basis for guidelines for the use of dispersants for oil spill events. 

He also directed or conducted remediation projects in a major oil field in the Peruvian Amazon as well as permitted drilling and production activities in this area. He was contracted to provide expertise in negotiations involving a damage claim for a gas well blowout in Bangladesh and later served as an expert in resolving an arbitration claim against a contractor building a gas development project. 

Mr. Fucik sold his companies in 2007 and then worked as a contractor or employee to energy companies including Occidental (services provided in Bangladesh, Oman and Peru), ExxonMobil (supporting an Iraq oil development project from Houston), BP (supporting Gulf of Mexico drilling), and Noble Energy (Israel).  Mr. Fucik was involved in projects that included environmental permitting of an enhanced oil recovery project in the Oman desert which included many water use and management issues as well as disposal of residual salt wastes from water treatment.  Prior to his retirement, Mr. Fucik was Country HSE Manager for Noble Energy where he directed a staff of eleven people to provide environmental and health and safety expertise for Noble’s offshore and onshore oil and gas development projects in Israel. These operations included production, exploration and drilling, and permitting and oversight of a gas plant and compression facility and a proposed FPSO project. In all of his assignments both in the U.S. and abroad, Mr. Fucik has been actively involved in engaging, interacting, and negotiating with regulatory agencies.

Mr. Fucik retired from Noble Energy in March 2016 and currently provides technical expertise on a contracted basis.  In his most recent assignments, Mr. Fucik was contracted to prepare an expert report on toxicity testing in offshore oil and gas operations and has provided expertise on the use of GIS tools in asset management and database construction for compliance tracking.

 

Professional Background

Noble Energy, HSE Manager | 3 years

BP, Environmental Advisor | 1 year

ExxonMobil Iraq Limited, Environmental and Regulatory Advisor | 2 years

Occidental Mukhaizna, Senior Environmental Advisor | 5 years

The SeaCrest Group, Owner & General Manager | 20 years

Continental Shelf Associates, Sr. Scientist | 22 years

Science Applications Incorporated, Sr. Scientist | 6 years

 

Education

M.S. Oceanography, Texas A&M University, 1974

B.S. Zoology, Texas Tech University, 1971

Key Publications

Faulk, K. L., K.W. Fucik, O. Varmer, S. Wachsmann. 2017. Towards a Global (Public-Private) Protection Model.  Offshore Technology Conference, 1-4 May, Houston, Texas, USA, OTC-277739-MS.

Fucik, K.W., K.A. Carr, B.J. Balcom. 1995. Toxicity of oil and dispersed oil to the eggs and larvae of seven marine fish and invertebrates from the Gulf of Mexico, pp. 135-171. In Peter Lane (ed.), The Use of Chemicals in Oil Spill Response. ASTM STP 1252, Philadelphia. 340 pp.

Fucik, K. 1992. Toxicity identification and characteristics of produced water discharges from Colorado and Wyoming, pp 187-198. In Ray, J.P. and F.R. Engelhardt (eds.), Produced Water: Technological/Environmental Issues and Solutions. Plenum Press, New York. 616 pp.

Fucik, K. and I. Show. 1981. Environmental synthesis using an ecosystems model, pp. 329 354. In: B.S. Middleditch (ed.), Environmental Effects of Offshore Oil Production. The Buccaneer Gas and Oil Field Study. Pergamon Press, New York.

Fucik, K. and S. El-Sayed. 1979. Effect of oil production and drilling operations on the ecology of phytoplankton in the OEI study area, pp. 325-353. In: C.M. Ward, M.E. Bender, and D.J. Reish (eds.), The Offshore Ecology Investigation. Effects of Oil Drilling and Production in a Coastal Environment. Rice University Series, Vol. 65. Rice University, Houston, TX.


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