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Toy Drive to support Bay County, FL Boys & Girls Club

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Moran Environmental Recovery and Global Diving & Salvage Join Together to Support Children Affected by Hurricane Michael

Since shortly after Hurricane Michael made U.S. landfall in October, MER has had a team working with Global Diving and Salvage, as part of the USCG’s ESF-10 response effort in the Panama City area. In an effort to support the communities in which they are responding, the MER team initiated a local TOY DRIVE to support the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County. The Club had four facilities to serve the kids of the Panama City area. One location was completely destroyed in the storm, and two were heavily damaged. They are currently operating out of one Club with all the children coming in from the other facilities to receive support, services, and programming.

MER and Global Diving & Salvage have joined together to sponsor the toy drive with the support of several other companies and agencies who are also on the response team. MER team members at Resource Centers in Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC, Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, and Pompano Beach, FL have launched a campaign to collect unwrapped toys at each location. The Hilton Hotel Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, Florida runs a toy drive each year, and this year they have dedicated their efforts to support our campaign. All of the toys collected will be distributed to the families to be given as holiday gifts.

Global Diving & Salvage has created a ‘Gofundme’ campaign to provide those who wish to give the opportunity to donate to the cause. Individuals who wish to be part of this initiative started by our Hurricane Michael Response Team to support the children of the Panama City area during this holiday season, then please visit Panama City Toy Drive to make a donation.Money collected will go toward the purchase of toys and other essential items to be donated to local families for the holidays.

The Boys and Girls Clubs in the Panama City area are in the process of rebuilding. In addition to structural damage, they lost such items as sports equipment, video game components, art supplies, games, and other items necessary to provide the children with the programming they had previously delivered. MER and Global Diving & Salvage have each committed to a corporate donation to be made directly to the Club to support them in rebuilding their inventory for youth programming. Our goal is to really bring the initiative to scale with the participation and support of our employees, clients, partners, and friends.

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Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC (MER) announces the acquisition of Pettit Environmental, Inc.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Randolph, MA – Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC (MER) announces the acquisition of Pettit Environmental, Inc., a full-service environmental and industrial services company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Pettit has been in business for more than 40 years and has additional locations in Indianapolis, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio, servicing clients in the Midwest region. Pettit has built a strong reputation based upon safety, reliability, and client satisfaction. MER recognizes the inherent value of these qualities as it transitions the Pettit brand into MER.

Brian House, President and CEO of MER stated, “This acquisition expands our core environmental and industrial service capabilities into the Midwest market and allows MER to keep pace with our client needs in this area. Pettit represented a logical choice for MER to meet these demands, and we are excited to combine their capabilities with our existing reputation for delivering performance-based services.”

Ralph Pettit, former President and Owner of Pettit, stated, “MER’s services and capabilities will provide a great opportunity to maximize the company’s ability to deliver the top-notch environmental and industrial services that our clients have come to depend on for the past forty years.”

MER is an integrated supplier of environmental, industrial, and mechanical services with an unwavering commitment to industry-leading performance. We deliver the highest level of safety, quality, and reliability to each and every client. MER is trusted by many of the nation’s largest utilities, railroads, ports, and government agencies. With a culture of performance guiding every aspect of our service, MER’s expert staff, specialized equipment and vast network of locations allows MER to continually meet the intense demands of industries all across North America. 

Contact: Laurie Maker, Director of Communications,

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Clean Gulf 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

Join us in New Orleans, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Hall D for the Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition 2018, November 14–15, 2018, Booth #427.
The CLEAN GULF Conference & Exhibition is the annual event that delivers solutions for spill prevention, preparedness and response. It brings together all parties responsible for response operations from North America and beyond to hear best practices and build relationships vital to a successful response on land or water. A strong relationship between all parties is the foundation of a successful response, and CLEAN GULF has helped forge these relationships for the last 26 years.
We look forward to seeing you!



CORI team participates in the 41st Annual Arctic Marine Oil Spill Technical Seminar

Friday, October 5, 2018

This week our Coastal and Ocean Resources team participated in the 41st Annual Arctic Marine Oil Spill Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, an international forum on preventing, assessing, containing, and cleaning up spill of hazardous materials in every type of environment.  It also deals with solutions for remediating and rehabilitating contaminated sites.

This year was the 41st annual seminar and it was held in Victoria, British Columbia.  Sarah Cook, R.P.Bio,the Business Manager of Coastal and Ocean Resources and her team had several papers and topics that were selected to be discussed. The kick off to this seminar started on Monday October 1st with a uSCAT (Underwater Cleanup Assessment Techniques) workshop that was facilitated by Dr. John Harper and Lee Britton, M.Sc..The workshop provided participants with practical skills, techniques and ideas to deal with submerged oils and was based on a manual that CORI developed to support the cleanup of submerged oil.  The workshop was attended by over 35 professionals from a wide range of organizations.  WCMRC, Transport Canada, Washington State Department of Ecology, Environment and Climate Change Canada, University of Calgary, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Coast Guard, Kinder Morgan, ECRC. 

In addition to the workshop, Sarah, Dr. Harper and Lee Britton along with Sean Daley and Kalen Morrow presented on other topics. Dr. John Harper and Lee Britton, M.Sc., presented their research on Predicting the Retention Potential of Diluted Bitumen on Marine Shorelines. Sarah Cook, R.P.Bio, presented along with representatives of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, on the on the imaging and mapping of Burrard Inlet. The research was conducted in the summer of 2017 and included the study of approximately 220 km of the Burrard Inlet to acquire georeferenced, oblique, low altitude aerial imagery to be used to inventory shoreline geomorphological and biological attributes to create a searchable database which can be utilized in a variety of applications ranging from oil spill response planning to habitat mapping.  Sean Daley our Senior ShoreZone Mapper, and Kalen Morrow, our Senior GIS Analyst and Program Manager presented in the Poster Sessions during the conference.

Dr. John HarperLee BrittonKalen and SeanSarah Cook

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