P.G. Spotlight: Shane Currie, Vice President, Talon/LPE
Shane Currie, Vice President of Talon/LPE oversees operations in offices throughout Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Born into a family business that performs water well drilling services, Shane has been an advocate for protecting our groundwater and the environment as a whole. That’s why he’s been chosen as our licensed Professional Geoscientist of the month. Say hello to Shane Currie.
1. Tell us about your background. What do you do, your interests, hobbies, etc?
I was born and raised in Canyon, Texas where my family ran a multi-generational water well drilling business. I worked at Currie Drilling while attending Junior High and High School. While working here, I developed a passion for groundwater and subsurface geology. Groundwater was so fascinating to me. I thought it was so awesome that God provided a way for life to sustain in arid climates with limited surface water. From this experience, I realized the importance of being able to find groundwater reserves and that the protection of this most precious resource is paramount. Today, I am a licensed driller in Texas, and am also licensed New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado. I love spending time with my family, volunteering in my church and traveling with my beautiful wife.
2. What college did you attend? Did college prepare you for the ASBOG?
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and my Master of Science degree in Environmental Science with an Engineering Technology emphasis from West Texas A&M University. College definitely would have prepared me for the ASBOG, however I was grandfathered into the program.
3. Why did you become a licensed professional geoscientist?
I became a licensed professional geoscientist because I realized the need to have work certified as competent. Knowing that this license is in place allows for the work that has been stamped to be trusted with the ability to move forward.
4. How long have you been a professional geoscientist?
I received my Texas certification on August 16, 2003.
5. How have you helped the public with your PG license?
I have helped the public by reviewing geologic information and analytical data to perform investigation and remediation strategies for soil and groundwater. I have also helped by signing off on work that has either remediated groundwater and soil or has had it disposed in a manner to protect human health and the environment. I have also helped the public by designing and performing oversight for public water supply well installations.
6. How does your job require you to use your PG license?
Documents submitted to local governments, TCEQ, and TX RRC are required to be stamped. Also, clients will request reports be stamped to demonstrate that the work was performed by competent and professional staff.
7. As a licensed PG, what is the most interesting thing you have seen or done?
I don’t think I can limit it to one thing! Every project I have been involved with presents so many unique opportunities to provide real-life solutions. I love working with team members to overcome all kinds of obstacles to get things accomplished that others either say can’t be done and don’t feel like there is a solution.
8. What would you tell someone in school who wants to gain their PG Licensure?
Having your PG license is absolutely worth it and your education will only help your performance on the ASBOG. I would encourage anyone that is thinking about getting their PG License, to study hard and put in the work that it takes to become PG licensed in the state of Texas.
9. Why is licensure in the state of Texas important to you?
Licensure in Texas is important to me as it provides a level of competence to protect people and our environment. Having this licensure in place ensures that our environment and groundwater will be safe for generations to come.
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