Projects

Learn about some of our past projects

World Trade Center

Project Management and Recovery
Manhattan, New York

Bandera personnel provided operations and finance personnel to assist with the recovery efforts of the September 11th attacks in NYC on the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center. The standing steel girders are all that remained after the World Trade Center collapsed two hours after it was struck in an attack by terrorists. Meeting with NYPD and FDNY to discuss the scope of work in the disaster of the 9/11 attack. The Office of Emergency Management of NY, USCG and the USEPA worked with police, fire and responders, including Bandera Resources Inc.personnel, to discuss the initial recovery and decontamination operations. Command post for Ground Zero operations initially were located on the 7th floor of the ATT building on Westside Highway.

 

Hurricane Katrina

Emergency and Rapid Response
New Orleans, Louisiana

Hurricane Katrina Response – Bandera personnel provided project management services through our EPA Emergency and Rapid Response (ERRS) contract. Bandera was tasked with managing all aspects of the response, from waste collection, packaging, sampling and profiling and disposal/recycling of recovered wastes and products.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Project Management
Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas

Bandera personnel were involved with the overall management of the recovery and removal of spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Bandera management personnel were involved in all aspects of the response, from managing marine and shoreline cleanup efforts in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. This included removal of submerged oil mats (oil and seaweed) from near shore areas in Florida and Alabama. Bandera was responsible for project management of all aspects of the response from collection, packaging, sampling and characterization of recovered wastes. Additionally, Bandera personnel served as the primary liaison contact for contractors involved with cleanup efforts, working with BP and various regulatory agencies to coordinate response efforts and development of appropriate tactics to management of staging areas in use during the response.

 

SITE REMEDIATION & CONSTRUCTION (RCRA BURIAL CELL)

PROJECT MANAGEMENT – ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRUCTION
Conroe Creosoting Site
Conroe, Texas

Bandera supervised the excavation and removal of 262,000 cubic yards of soil and material contaminated with creosote, arsenic, pentachlorophenol and dioxin.  Under Bandera’s direction a RCRA burial cell was constructed measuring 600’ x 600’ x 20’.  The burial cell was designed using guidelines set forth by the US EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act including artificial liners and a leachate collection system.
The site encompassed approximately 75 acres, and was a defunct pole and RR cross-tie treatment facility, consisting of a creosote-treating plant (used PCP) and a CCA treating plant.

The removal tasks included:
•    removal of contaminated soil, sludge and liquids
•    construction of a secure cell for permanent storage of hazardous waste
•    removal of contaminated soil/silt from adjacent creek (2,500 linear feet)
•    demolition of the facility and the associated AST, sumps, vessels, etc.

All waste was collected, solidified and eventually buried in the secure landfill.

This waste was comprised of:
•    Contaminated soil excavated from the 75-acre site
•    75 drums of waste
•    64 AST containing approximately 530,000 gallons of waste liquids
•    6 pressure treating vessels
•    Laboratory and storage facility containing over 500 small containers of unknown chemicals
•    Poles and cross ties

Excavations of the creek and tributary crossed high-pressure gas transmission lines, water lines, telephone lines, a major RR crossing bridge and a major state highway. The cost per ton of waste to remove, solidify and place in the burial cell was less than $40. A similar removal in the same town (2 miles from this site) completed within 5 years cost the EPA approximately $500 per ton to remove and haul to an incinerator. Cost estimations helped determine that this project could be completed timely and within budget limitations. All work was completed after thirteen months and a “construction complete” designation was given to this NPL site by the US EPA.

 

Pointe Coupee Wood Treating US EPA Superfund Site

DEMOLITION/REMEDIATION – PROJECT AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT
New Roads, Louisiana

Bandera Resources provided the Certified Response Manager (RM) and the Site Safety Officer (SSO) for the project. This US EPA Superfund project was performed under the Region 6 Emergency and Rapid Response (ERRS) Contract. Bandera personnel were responsible for preparing the Cost Estimate, Work Plan, Project Schedule, and Site Specific Health and Safety Plan. General site work activities included decontamination of process piping and tanks associated with the wood treating process, demolition of tanks, piping, and structures, and excavation of 45 grids of dioxin and PCP (pentachlorophenol) contaminated soils, transportation and disposal of all hazardous wastes, and site restoration.

The Bandera RM was responsible for overall management of the project which included:
•    Direct interface with the US EPA On Scene Coordinator (OSC), State of Louisiana DEQ representatives, and local officials
•    Managing RFP and costs for all subcontracted services including analytical testing, hazardous waste transportation and disposal
•    Managing sampling and waste characterization activities
•    Managing all site work activities
•    Updating costs, and project schedule
•    Procurement and management of all subcontractors
•    Written Final Report for all project activities

The Bandera SSO was responsible for conducting daily tailgate safety meetings, project documentation pertaining to health and safety, performing air monitoring for particulates, toxics, and hot work.

 

SITE REMEDIATION & CONSTRUCTION (RCRA BURIAL CELL)

PROJECT MANAGEMENT-ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRUCTION
Jasper Creosoting Site
Jasper, Texas

Bandera supervised the excavation and removal of 55,000 cubic yards of soil and material contaminated with creosote and dioxin.  Under Bandera’s direction a RCRA burial cell was designed and constructed measuring 466’ x 267’ x 20’.  The burial cell was designed using guidelines set forth by the U.S. EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act including artificial liners and a leachate collection system.

The burial cell was designed to hold over 55,000 cubic yards of material, including stockpiled contaminated soil, building and tank demolition material resulting from the dismantling of the facility and a temporary burial cell.  The cell was designed to be completely underground to minimize the visual impact of the facility, as well as minimize any physical maintenance on the facility due to erosion.  Work complete on the project included the remediation of runoff waste from the abandoned facility along approximately 2,000 linear feet of an active storm water control ditch and in two acres of adjacent wetlands.

 

Donna Irrigation Canal Fish Removal

PROJECT MANAGEMENT-ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION
Donna, Texas

Bandera supervised the removal of fish contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the 7 miles of the Donna Irrigation Canal. The crews constructed fish barriers along the canal to isolated segments of the canal. Bandera aided the USEPA and USFW services in the launch and retrieval of boats and the collection and disposal of fish.

In August the team collected a total of 23 species and 7,500 fish.
The fish were sampled for disposal and placed in 55 gallon drums and salted prior to disposal. The crew returned to The Donna Irrigation Canal in February of 2009 and assisted the USEPA and USFW in collecting a total of 15,183 fish and 24 species.

 

Golden Triangle Spindletop Site Remediation

DEMOLITION/REMEDIATION – PROJECT AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Beaumont, Texas

Bandera Resources provided the Project Manager and the Site Safety Officer for the project. The project included the excavation of soils contaminated with mercury and petroleum hydrocarbons from historic oil field operations. The soils were excavated and stockpiled on-site prior to transportation and disposal, and site restoration.

The Bandera PM was responsible for overall management of the project which included:
•    Supervision of crew excavating contaminated soils
•    Managing costs for all subcontracted services, hazardous waste transportation and disposal
•    Managing all site work activities
•    Updating costs, and project schedule
•    Written Final Report for all project activities

The Bandera SSO was responsible for conducting daily tailgate safety meetings, project documentation pertaining to health and safety.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION/CONSTRUCTION OF RCRA BURIAL CELL

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Hart Creosoting Site
Jasper, Texas

Bandera supervised the excavation and removal of over 85,000 cubic yards of soil and material contaminated with creosote.  Under Bandera’s direction a RCRA burial cell was constructed measuring approximately 6 acres. The burial cell was constructed using guidelines set forth by the U.S. EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act including artificial liners and a leachate collection system.

The remedial action at this site included:
•    Removal of contaminated soil, sludge and liquids,
•    Construction of a secure cell for permanent storage of hazardous waste
•    Removal of contaminated soil/silt from adjacent creek (4,200 linear feet)
•    Construction of two contaminated water retention ponds
•    Treatment of over 2,000,000 gallons of contaminated water to remove 18 named constituents to a safe level for release

This burial cell was designed to hold over 110,000 cubic yards of material, including stockpiled contaminated soil, building and tank demolition material resulting from the prior dismantling of the facility and a temporary burial cell.

The work was completed using established specifications and facing a strict timeline so that the work was completed during the U.S EPA 2009 fiscal year. This was accomplished despite complications due to adverse weather conditions (hurricanes and other severe weather).

 

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT BARGE FUEL SPILL – ICS OPERATIONS

MOC IV INCIDENT
Corpus Christi, Texas

Bandera was responsible for directing the cleanup activities as a result of a 275-bbl #6 fuel oil spill from a barge located at a receiving facility dock. The spill occurred while the barge was in the process of being loaded from the shore facility. Bandera was responsible for directing all cleanup activities of two oil spill response organizations (OSRO), reviewing and approving health and safety plans, invoices, and all incident documentation provided by the OSRO. Cleanup activities included the use of oil skimmers, vacuum trucks, air movers, and absorbent materials. The deck of the barge was repeatedly pressure washed as well as the concrete bulkhead and pilings.

Additionally, Bandera’s tasks included direct interface with regulatory representatives who included the US Coast Guard, and Texas General Land Office – Oil Spill Response Representatives, facility representatives, and responsible party representatives.

 

CMC Hydrogen Pipeline

PROJECT MANAGEMENT – ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRUCTION
Jackson, Alabama

Bandera Resources provided consulting services to CMC Gas District when unknown deposits were found during relocation of a hydrogen pipeline. A Bandera Project Manager inspected the pipeline and collected samples of the deposits. The sample analysis discovered the presence of heavy metals that were in excess of OSHA Permissible exposure limits.

Bandera prepared the safety guidelines for the proper handling of the material in the pipeline and the proper personnel protective equipment needed to protect the pipeline workers. Instructions for spill prevention and waste storage containment were also provided by Bandera Resources. Site management was provided during excavation and removal of sections of the pipeline for inspection.

 

MV Galtex

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT – ICS OPERATIONS
Galveston, Texas

Bandera provided the on scene Incident Management for the response to a diesel and oil spill as a result of the capsizing of a marine vessel near Galveston, Texas. The vessel was located at a depth of approximately 37 feet of water, positioned upright. Bandera managed the OSRO in the cleanup efforts during recovery of the vessel.

Additionally, Bandera’s responsibilities included review of all invoices related to response activities, written spill prevention plan for salvage operations, health and safety of project personnel, written and photo documentation of incident as well as interface with regulatory representatives.

 

Refinery Decontamination, Waste Disposal, & Demolition

PROJECT MANAGEMENT – SAFETY MANAGEMENT
Wichita, Kansas

Bandera provided the Project and Safety Management for this complex project which involved the complete decontamination and demolition of all above and below ground piping, vessels, and structures for two separate large refineries. Each site encompasses more than 70 acres and work at the two sites was performed simultaneously.

Both refinery sites date back to the 1920’s and were in continuous operation until 1993 when much of both plants were shut down. At the time of mobilization, much of the information about the amount, type, location and hazards of various chemicals present at the site was unknown, unavailable, or subsequently proved to be incorrect. Since the majority of the facilities had been shut down for more than a decade with no maintenance in place, many of the structures and access points posed extreme physical hazards for site personnel.

Bandera was responsible for developing a written Site Specific Health and Safety Plan, Work Plan, Site Waste Handling and Transportation Plan, and Metal Handling Plan for the project.

Decontamination was accomplished by opening tanks, vessels, and piping and draining into drums or pails as well as the use of vacuum trucks and line pigging. Tremendous care was taken to minimize the spillage of any material collected and temporarily stored on site.

During the decontamination phase, an asbestos survey was completed and abatement activities performed under the Project Management provided by Bandera personnel. Bandera was responsible for managing the sampling, analytical testing, profiling, transporting, and disposal of thirty-seven (37) waste streams derived from site activities. Soil impacted with various hydrocarbons, and lead was excavated for disposal off site.

The demolition of refinery units was accomplished by utilizing excavators with hydraulic shears and torch cutting. Scrap metal was transported to scrap metal processors for recycling. In addition to the sale of scrap metal, existing assets at the two facilities were liquidated to further offset project costs. Assets such as process units, motors, pumps, lab equipment and various other equipment and structures and were cataloged, marketed, and sold through established bid procedure.

 

INCIDENT MANAGEMENT – MARINE VESSEL – ICS-OPERATIONS

MV Miss Eileen
Sabine Pass, Texas

Bandera directed contractor (OSRO) cleanup activities involved with a 1,300-gallon diesel spill from a crew boat which had run aground on to the channel jetty. Bandera was also responsible for coordinated cleanup activities which the salvage contractor to prevent further release of diesel during salvage operations. Bandera prepared a Pollution Control Plan, and Health and Safety Plan which was approved by the US Coast Guard.

Additionally, Bandera’s tasks included review of all invoices related to response activities, health and safety of project personnel, written and photo documentation of incident as well as interface with regulatory representatives which included the US Coast Guard, and Texas General Land Office – Oil Spill Response Representatives.

 

Aneth Gas Plant Decontamination

SAFETY MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING
Montezuma Creek, Utah

Bandera Resources provided the Site Safety Officer (SSO) for the project which included decontamination of process piping and tanks associated with a natural gas gathering and compressor station facility in preparation for eventual demolition.

As a part of the Owner’s Representative Management Team, the Bandera Safety Specialist was responsible for:
•    conducting daily tailgate safety meetings
•    performing occupational air monitoring and well as for hot work
•    developing and reviewing contractor job safety analysis (JHA)
•    providing expertise for adherence to Chevron’s Contractor Safety Program
•    monitoring work activities for compliance with OSHA safety standards

The project site was location within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation.
Additionally, Bandera was asked to provide a 24 Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training on site to a group of Native Americans (Navajo Nation) hired to perform work on site. All students successfully completed the course conducted by the Bandera trainer and subsequently began work on the project in various capacities.

 

Shipwreck at Midway

Project Management
Midway Island, Hawaii

Bandera Resources, LLC. served as the Planning Section Chief and Incident Commander in the recovery of the Motor Vessel Casitas which ran aground at the Pearl & Hermes Atoll on Midway Island in July 2005. This highly sensitive Pacific atoll is home to the endangered Hawaiian monk seal and other marine life. After all fuel was recovered the Casitas was deemed non-salvageable and the lightered vessel was towed NW of the atoll and scuttled in 1000 fathoms of water  Over 20 vessels including Bandera personnel worked in concert with state, federal and insurance representatives during the response.

 

Texas Tanning

Demolition and Project Management
Fort Worth, Texas

Bandera managed the cleanup and demolition of an abandoned tannery in Fort Worth, TX. Several fires had damaged the facility and were responsible for significant rainwater run-off that impacted the city’s waste water treatment plant and flooded adjacent residential locations with various amounts of metal contamination. Working in concert with EPA, TCEQ and the City of Fort Worth, Bandera worked to remove abandoned wastes, demolish the structures and excavate contaminated soils at this 4 acre facility north of downtown.

 

Contaminated Soils at Longview, Texas


Project Management
Longview, Texas

Bandera Resources, LLC. provided overall project management and execution of this EPA-funded project conducted under the initial TARP legislation in Longview, Texas. The project involved the excavation of creosote-contaminated soils and the loading of the spoil into a land treatment unit for burial. The cell was designed to house in excess of 75,000 cubic yards of contaminated soils. This project involved the restoration of excavated areas, installation of a HDPE liner and leachate collection system in the land disposal unit and backfilling and re-vegetation of the site upon completion.

 

Tampa Bay Waterspout


Project Management
Tampa Bay, Florida

Bandera Resources, LLC. services a variety of marine construction and transportation companies through various incident management teams and/or marine insurers. This project involved BRI personnel serving as environmental consultants to various oil and marine construction companies in the installation of a products pipeline that ran from Pascagoula, Mississippi to Tampa, Florida. BRI personnel were tasked with all environmental issues involving spills, interaction with MMS and USCG personnel and plan writing and report submittal to the owners of the pipeline and federal regulatory agencies.

 

Diaz International Hazardous Liquid Removal


Hazardous Liquid Removal / Project Management
West Memphis, Arkansas

The Diaz Intermediates (Diaz) site is located in Crittenden County, West Memphis, Arkansas. Diaz was formerly engaged in the production of high purity, halogenated fine organics and shipment of these materials to various end-users in the pharmaceutical industry. The facility has been inactive since 2007 and previous visits to the site involved the stabilization of drummed products to minimize potential threats to the environment and to adjacent active facilities. In April of 2011, the senior creditor entered into an agreement with USEPA Region 6 and ADEQ to remove the remaining site products to lessen future environmental impacts. The removal action will involve the recycling of usable products, bulking and consolidation of wastes and the removal from the site of all non-recyclable materials and laboratory/production wastes.

Removal Tasks included:

  • Bulking HBR Acids – Transfer of the HBr from the storage tanks into the poly drums was completed in acid-resistant clothing and supplied air (EPA Level B).
  • Transferring Acid Liquids – As with bulking and consolidation, full drums were transferred to either new poly drums or those that were in the best condition prior to off-site recycling of the acid and re-use. The acid that was collected and deemed fit for re-use was shipped to Hong Kong for use in computer manufacturing.
  • Bulking Acids and Bases – Partially full drums and containers of similar product were combined to reduce the numbers of “full” drums and containers, known as bulking in the industry or consolidation.
  • Bulking Area Near New Tank Farm – Transferring hydro-bromic acid (HBr) from the storage tanks into poly drums for off-site sale and recycling.
  • Stabilizing Acid Sludge – Acidic sludge in the bottom of poly tote tanks was neutralized and solidified with inert materials (earthen materials and kitty litter).

Site operations were completed with the removal of all remaining bulk liquids from the tank farm and off-site shipment of all remaining hazardous containers. Once all remaining wastes were removed from the site, all work areas inside the exclusion zone were thoroughly decontaminated and returned to pre-removal conditions. All remaining containers that had been used to store site products and wastes were decontaminated and processed for off-site disposal. Non-hazardous materials (specifically waste water treatment process solids) were stored in one of the cargo containers on the northern portion of the site. Approximately 200 275-gal poly tote tanks that had not been in service at the facility and were determined to be RCRA clean were staged adjacent to the cargo containers situated along the northern site boundary. All remaining site equipment was demobilized and the site secured. All personnel were in demobilization status as of October 1, 2011.