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About Michael D. Campbell

Michael Campbell

Past-President 2010-11

Michael D. Campbell, P.G., P.H.

I2M Associates, LLC

Houston, Texas


Michael D. Campbell, P.G., P.H., was appointed as Chair of EMD’s Uranium (Nuclear Minerals) Committee in 2004 and to the DEG Advisory Board-Gulf Coast Section in 2009. He was also appointed to the Astrogeology Committee in 2008 and was appointed as a member of the AAPG Advisory Council in 2010 and was elected EMD President (2010-2011).

He currently serves as Vice President and Chief Geologist/Hydrogeologist for I2M Associates, LLC based in Houston, Texas with offices in Seattle, Washington. He is a licensed Professional Geologist (P.G.) in the States of Texas, Washington, Mississippi, Wyoming, and Alaska. He is also licensed as a Professional Hydrogeologist (P.H.) in the State of Washington and has been designated as a Qualified Person by the Canadian Stock Exchanges.

A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Campbell continues to build companies, develop projects, provide consulting services, and manage a team of geologists, hydrogeologists, and geophysists to evaluate, explore, and develop properties for uranium, precious metals, and other commodities combined with managing associated environmental projects in the U.S. and in more than 17 countries over more than 40 years. Campbell has provided services in mergers and acquisitions and has served as an expert witness for industry and the legal community on many cases.

He has produced three books, one published by McGraw-Hill in 1973:

Water Well Technology: Field Principles of Exploration Drilling and Development of Ground Water and other Selected Minerals

With 12 printings, more than 40,000 copies were sold worldwide. The authors received the prestigious Ohioana Book Award.

Another book was published in 1973 by the Commission on Rural Water, Washington, D. C. and Chicago, Il. The text was written to meet the need for information on rural water system design, local and state regulations, and associated aspects of water project development and operation in a rural setting. It sold more than 5,000 copies.

Rural Water Systems Planning and Engineering Guide

The Houston Geological Society published the following book in 1977:

Geology {and Environmental Considerations} of Alternate Energy Resources in the South-Central U.S.

This text included four chapters each on: uranium, coal-lignite, and geopressured geothermal energy. Each commodity offered a Frontier Chapter, a Trend Chapter, an Environmental Considerations Chapter, and a Bibliography Chapter. Approximately 10,000 copies of the text were sold before it went out of print in 1980."

Campbell is the author of numerous other publications and presentations on a variety of subjects in the fields of geoscience and related geotechnical engineering. More Information

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and member of the DEG, AIPG, AEEG, NGWA, Society of Economic Geologists, and of the Houston Geological Society and the Ohio Geological Society, among others. He has received awards from the AEG, IET, AIPG, and Law Engineering, Inc. He also has received GSA awards as a Shlemon Geology Mentor in Applied Geoscience and as a Mann Geology Mentor in Hydrogeology. He has served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal: Ground Water and the Journal of the International Society of Forensics, and others.

He previously served as Regional Technical Manager and Chief Hydrogeologist for DuPont’s Environmental Remediation Services, Central Region during the early 1990s and had line responsibility for a number of departments: Geology, Environmental Specialties, Deepwell, Conceptual Engineering, and Engineering /Construction Departments. He also represented DuPont in a number of Superfund projects. As pro bono contributions, he served as Principal Instructor for the Institute of Environmental Technology in Houston, formed in cooperation with a number of other senior environmental professionals for the purpose of cross-training professionals in the Houston area leaving the oil and gas industry to work in the environmental industry as consultants and in government agencies. The IET program produced almost 400 graduates over five years.

Earlier, Campbell served in a number of senior technical management positions with a series of national environmental engineering companies after working for Keplinger and Associates, Inc., oil and gas consultants, as Director of Mining and Environmental Programs for almost 8 years after graduate school through the early 1980s. During this period he was selected as an Expert Advisor to be part of a 5-year UNESCO project to evaluate and lecture on the occurrence and production of ground water from igneous and metamorphic rocks located near the surface throughout the world, especially in India, Sweden, Brazil, and in the developing countries of Africa such as Tanzania, Sudan, Niger, Zambia, and other countries. Also during the period, he conducted a major study on Utah’s only near-surface coal mine, and conducted the first major investigation of the geothermal resources in Dixie Valley, Nevada, which was subsequently developed as a 500 MWe plant for providing power to the California power grid. The plant continues to produce electricity today.

Campbell formed a new consulting company, Campbell, Foss & Buchanan, Inc., with two associates after leaving Keplinger & Associates, Inc. to evaluate mining properties and to conduct environmental investigations for domestic and international clients. In one of the mining projects, the company assisted clients in arranging funding for a heap-leach precious metal project in Nevada and served the international owners of the project as management consultants. He and an associate discovered a shallow, high-grade extension of the oxidized gold-bearing orebody.

Prior to working for Keplinger & Associates, Inc., he attended graduate school in 1974 at Rice University supported by an Eleanor and Mills Bennett Fellowship in Hydrology and graduated with a Master’s degree in geology and geophysics in 1976. Concurrently, Campbell managed a number of environmental research projects on economic geology, ground water and water well technology in the Geology Department for the NWWA Research Facility as Director of Research funded by U.S. EPA and other federal agencies. This provided direct funding for a number of Rice graduate students, the first such environmental research conducted at Rice University.

Previously, he served as District Geologist for Teton Exploration, Div. of United Nuclear Corporation based in Casper, Wyoming and earlier for Conoco Uranium in Casper and in Sydney, Australia for Conoco Mining, traveling on projects exploring for phosphate, potash, uranium, and other commodities throughout Australia and parts of Southeast Asia during the latter 1960s. He was credited with the discovery of significant phosphate deposits in the eastern Northern Territory and of uranium in the dry lakes of South Australia, north of Ceduna. Before travelling to Australia, he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 1966 (geology and hydrogeology) with parallel emphasis on scientific German in preparation for graduate school at a later date.