james.kyles@obg.com

James H. Kyles

Specialties

Construction
Engineering
Environmental

James Kyles is a proven Construction/Engineering/Environmental services executive with over 30 years experience in business and program management, technical consulting, and operations. Mr. Kyles has extensive domestic and international experience involving project development and implementation, design and construction, regulatory compliance, and natural resource management. He has a proven ability to interact effectively with multi-disciplinary teams at all levels in client and stakeholder organizations. Select Special Master and technical project highlights include:

Case List

  • Special Master, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Huntington Division. Mr. Kyles was appointed by the Honorable Judge Robert C. Chambers as Special Master providing oversight services on five (5) court cases involving subsidiaries of Patriot Coal, Arch Coal, and Alpha Natural Resources (defendants) for the treatment of selenium-contaminated runoff from various coal mines in West Virginia.
  • Special Master, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston District. Mr. Kyles was appointed by the Honorable Judge John T. Copenhaver to oversee improvements to surface water treatment operations at the Fola Coal Company, LLC Surface Mine #3 in Clay and Nicholas Counties, West Virginia.
  • Program Manager, coordinating the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) program for a large industrial client with a $1+ billion NRDA portfolio associated with the MC252 incident in the Gulf of Mexico. In this role, Mr. Kyles worked side-by-side with senior client management, subject matter experts, as well as internal and external legal counsel, to continually assess priorities and track progress of actions for the project portfolio.
  • Project Officer for the United States Fish & Wildlife Service's proposed $70+ million restoration of North Breton Island, in the Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of the project is to restore beach, dune, and back barrier marsh habitats within the island platform’s footprint to support breeding birds (namely brown pelicans, terns, skimmers, and gulls).
     
  • Project Manager for remedial investigation, feasibility studies, design, and construction of a planned $500 million sediment remediation project on the Hackensack River in New Jersey.  For this high profile project for Honeywell International, under a US District Court order, and overseen by former US Senator Robert Torricelli as court-appointed Special Master, Mr. Kyles worked in close coordination with internal and outside legal counsel, and directed a team of over 20 specialty consultants to develop a program involving sediment and soil investigation and removal, barrier wall installation, groundwater collection and treatment, site capping, and an intensive public relations program.
     
  • Technical Director for assessment of landfill reconstruction projects in Baghdad, Iraq on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under this program, Mr. Kyles' project team developed siting criteria, conducted site investigations on geotechnical and groundwater concerns, created design drawings and specifications, and worked with USAID, US Army Corps of Engineers, and local leaders on the establishment of landfills in Baghdad, to mitigate trash disposal problems immediately after the liberation of Iraq.
     
  • Project Auditor for the renovation of the Pentagon in Washington, DC, under three contracts with the Baltimore District COE and The Pentagon Renovation Office (PENREN), for “Management Support Architect Engineer Services”, “Tenant Fit-Out Services”, and “Relocation Planning and Move Coordination Services”, and one contract related to Pentagon Renovation, “Information Management and Telecommunications (IM&T) Services Support”.
     
  • Project Officer for examination of methods and procedures for removing debris within the City of Niagara Falls’ North Gorge Interceptor (NGI), a rock tunnel constructed in 1937 that varies in depth below grade from 90 feet to 140 feet, as well as the design and construction management of a $8 million repair to this portion of the combined sewer system on behalf of the Niagara Falls Water Board.

Honors Membership Awards

  • Top Secret US Government Security Clearance
  • Academy of Court Appointed Masters
  • Society of American Military Engineers (Buffalo Post Board of Directors)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Water Environment Federation
  • Air & Waste Management Association
  • Served as Industry Representative on USEPA RCRA regulatory committee determining the treatment standards for chemical waste landfill leachate (1988)
  • Honeywell International Quest for Excellence Six Sigma Plus Award Recipient (2002)
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Professional Development Recognition Certificates, (#087720CHG, 3/85; # 0492-002-3, 4/92)
  • Author of nearly 20 technical presentations and papers

Education

  • Berry Outdoor Leadership Development Program (BOLD), Berry College
  • Advanced Management Program, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S., Civil/Environmental Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Six Sigma Plus Greenbelt Quality Improvement Training and Certification