Representative Experience

PEER REVIEW AND EXPERT WITNESS EXPERIENCE

GECo has conducted expert peer reviews for agencies, applicants, citizens groups, attorneys, and other interested parties. Our peer review services include preparing comments on Draft CEQA and NEPA documents, strategic consulting in the pre-litigaiton and litigation phases of CEQA and NEPA challenges, and assessments of technical and procedural adequacy. Some of our peer review efforts are summarized below. Please contact us if you are interested in our full list of project experience.

Jackson State Forest CEQA Review. GECo prepared a detailed analysis of the CEQA adequacy of the California Department of Forestry’s EIR on a new management plan for the 40,000 acre Jackson State Forest. Major issues included forestry practices, water quality, and biological resources. Client: Dharma Cloud Foundation.

Los Angeles Airport Arrival Enhancement Project Environmental Assessment NEPA Peer Review. GECo prepared a peer review and expert declarations regarding the adequacy of the NEPA Environmental Assessment for rerouting of flight paths for aircraft arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. Major issues included adequacy of assessment of noise effects on traditional cultural practices of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Client: Law Offices of Alexander & Karshmer.

 St Mary’s College High School Master Plan Peer Reviews. GECo conducted peer reviews of two Initial Studies for proposed expansions of a high school. Major issues included noise and traffic. Client: Peralta Park Neighborhood Association.

Lawson’s Landing EIR Peer Review. GECo conducted detailed per reviews of numerous CEQA documents for the proposed master plan for the Lawson’s Landing mobile home park and campground in Marin County. Client: Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.

Coaches Field Initial Study Peer Review. GECo conducted a peer review of a proposed lighted ballfield project in the City of Piedmont. GECo’s review resulted in the Initial Study being withdrawn and an EIR being prepared. Client: Private Party.

Metropolitan Oakland International Airport Development Plan Environmental Impact Report CEQA Review. GECo performed a critical review and assisted in the preparation of comments and ultimately successful litigation regarding the proposed expansion of Metropolitan Oakland International Airport. Major issues included noise, cumulative impacts, and alternatives selection/analyses. Client: Law Office of John Shordike.

Oakland Creek Protection Ordinance Litigation. GECo provided expert CEQA and Creek Protection Ordinance consulting for litigation regarding failure to enforce the City of Oakland’s Creek Protection Ordinance. Client: North Hills Phoenix Association.