Scott Kirby, Ph.D.

Scott Kirby, PhD., Senior Compliance Consultant


With more than nine years of experience in compliance management consulting, Scott’s specialties include air quality permitting and compliance, process safety and risk management, and environmental management information systems design and deployment. Scott has worked in all areas of the oil and gas industry including upstream, midstream, downstream and oilfield services in addition to the chemical manufacturing, power, metallurgical, and pulp and paper sectors.

The listing below captures some key aspects of those showcase projects where the results of his work were the most valuable.

Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Plans (RMP) – Conducted OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) / USEPA Risk Management Plan (RMP) program development support, including business process/procedure development, audits and regulatory interpretations for power generation facilities, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) salt dome storage facilities, natural gas plants, and petroleum refineries.

Air Permitting and Compliance – Developed more than 100 New Source Review (NSR), Title V, and state-specific air quality permits and developed compliance programs (business procedures, HSE management systems, management information systems, etc.) to promote continual compliance with federal and state air quality regulations.  Technical lead for the development of an air quality compliance register (federal, state, and local regulatory requirements) including scoping, applicability determinations, and task development for a proposed Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) facility along the U.S. Gulf Coast.  Served as project lead for the development of an atmospheric emissions inventory for the U.S. onshore assets (>5,000 upstream facilities) of a major oil and gas conglomerate.

HSE Compliance – Managed the implementation of a wide variety of HSE programs (regulatory, air, water, waste, etc.) including development of comprehensive HSE compliance programs, including software integration, for three major oil and gas companies.  Served as technical lead for an HSE compliance management system development and implementation project conducted by a major international oil and gas company in 2014.  Provided background research, permit application development, and regulatory interpretation and compliance strategy development support for numerous industrial operations across the U.S. Served as project manager for multiple $1 million-plus HSE-related projects.

Key Publications

Kirby, S., A. Flora, D. Williamson, and S. Jones (2004). Particulate Matter Emissions from Roads in Birmingham. University Transportation Center for Alabama (UTCA) Report No. 03105.

Kirby, S., D. Williamson, and R. Dobosy (2006). The role of a flux aircraft in the scaling of tower-based fluxes to regional estimates in heterogeneous landscapes. Paper #416. The Air & Waste Management Association’s 99th Annual Conference and Exhibition.

Kirby, S., R. Dobosy, D. Williamson, and E. Dumas (2008). An aircraft-based data analysis method for discerning individual fluxes in a heterogeneous agricultural landscape. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Volume 148 Issue 3, March 2008, Pages 481-489.

Beath, J. and S. Kirby (2011). ENV-11-25: Implications of the EPA Residual Risk Information Collection Request (ICR) for Petroleum Refineries (and Others). National Petrochemical & Refiners Association Annual Environmental Conference. October 24-25, 2011. New Orleans, LA.