Marjorie A. Boone, PE

Marjorie A. Boone, PE (Texas and Oklahoma), Senior Compliance and Sustainability Engineer

Marjie Boone has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Indiana University and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa, as well as more than twelve years of engineering and environmental consulting experience.

Her consulting experience includes working to assist clients with compliance challenges in air, water and waste media.  She has also been instrumental in assisting clients with a number of complex carbon footprint developments using the GREET fuel and transportation model (as well as the CA-GREET related tool).  Marjie is a registered professional engineer in Texas and Oklahoma.  The listing below captures some key aspects of those showcase projects where the results of the work were the most valuable.

Air Permitting
 (chemicals) – Compiled/directed permit amendment, renewal, and refined modeling analysis for a batch specialty chemical plant (major non-attainment source). Supported the client with Permit-by-Rule (PBR) registration packages for new products according to their air permit. Estimated potential and actual emissions from reactors, combustion sources, liquid and solid material loading racks, and storage tanks.

Carbon Footprint (refinery) – Collaborated to developed a process which led to the carbon footprint of several oil recycling scenarios (including landfill, distillation for use as fuel, and re-refining to make a recycled version of the original product).  Each of these was balanced to constant market demand for the material being recycled, as well as the co-products of its manufacture.  The process identified the tipping point for re-refining versus use of used oil as fuel.  This led to involvement in additional work by the American Petroleum Institute.

Carbon Footprint (refinery) – Led the development of a comprehensive infrastructure estimate for a refinery and estimated the carbon footprint of the energy required to produce the required steel and concrete.  These first-of-their-kind results were incorporated in the GREET GHG fuel cycle model maintained by the Argonne National Laboratory and used for government and industry for transportation policy decision-making.

Carbon Footprint (refinery) – Led the development of a cradle-to-gate carbon footprint of gasoline manufacturing including oil extraction, transportation and refining.  This work involved developing a model that could predict GHG emissions for various refinery crude slates, and included unit-by-unit mass and energy balances, as well as GHG emissions estimates.  All aspects of refining were evaluated including the fuel gas recovery, cogeneration, steam and fuel gas balance.  Results were used to determine potential impact of new regulations on the company’s operations and what advocacy strategy might be appropriate.

Carbon Footprint (upstream) – Performed a comprehensive review of well production data and connected it to EPA GHG reporting by platform to generate the carbon footprint of platform operations.  The team developed a “from-the-ground up” inventory of steel in platform superstructure, subsea wells and subsea gathering and delivery pipelines that was the basis of a determination of the carbon footprint of extracting and fabricating that steel (as an increment to the operational carbon footprint).  This was one of the first such efforts to describe US upstream offshore operations from a carbon footprint perspective.  Results were published by Argonne National Laboratory.

Carbon Footprint Model Critique (fuels) – For Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), reviewed and commented on fuel pathway documents released by California Air Resources Board relating to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard: “Comparison of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Natural Gas and Diesel Vehicles” and “Detailed California-GREET Pathway for Biodiesel (Esterfied Soyoil) from Midwest Soybeans”. Review and recommendations focused on consideration of key assumptions, use of generally accepted methodologies, and notation of errors.

Carbon Footprint for Alternative Energy (biofuels) – Developed a carbon footprint for an alternative energy pilot plant that was used to apply for status as an advanced biofuel.  The analysis was performed using Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET model along with certain pathway modification to make the model specific to the pilot plant.

Carbon Footprint Reduction Study (manufacturing) – Performed footprint reduction calculation review for a project to determine the carbon footprint of more than 50 reduction opportunities for a manufacturing plant.

Catalyst Recycling (metals reclaimer) – Prepared a solid waste disposal variance which enabled a metals reclaimer to process spent refinery catalyst without a hazardous waste permit.  The key was agreeing to reasonable process monitoring and practical controls that leveraged the way the reclaimer was already treating other materials.  The result was continued operations and the avoidance of several million dollars in capital equipment, as well as avoiding sending large volumes of hazardous waste to a landfill.

Compliance Assurance (LNG Facility) – Developed compliance assurance tasks for all media as part of a comprehensive multimedia compliance assurance effort.

Emissions Inventory (chemicals) – Performed complex emissions calculations in support of emissions inventory submittals for various chemical plants.

GHG Sector Benchmarking – Characterized companies representing both chemical sector and oil and gas and integrated business markets for their involvement in climate change-related activities.  Analyzed companies for positions on climate change, GHG emissions quantification, inventorying, and reporting, legislative and regulatory actions related to climate change, operational and technological activities used to reduce emissions, commercial and economic considerations of climate change, and social involvement related to climate change.  Created a comprehensive report to comparatively summarize GHG corporate governance.

Life Cycle Assessment (Manufacturing) – For a confidential client, served as project manager for a comprehensive LCA of fourteen juice products.  Evaluated multiple environmental impacts of the product lifecycle, including fruit growing/harvesting, juice processing, bottling/distribution, retail, and consumer use.  Utilized SimaPro LCA software.  Successfully supported third-party certification of the products evaluated by The Carbon Trust against PAS 2050 guidelines.

Spill Prevention and Countermeasure Plan (chemical plant) – Used a unique tabular approach to an SPCC that demonstrated clearly the overlap between several sets of overlapping requirements and how those were addressed by the plan.  This replace a cumbersome set of binders and post-it notes, and made it possible to have confidence that all requirements were being addressed, even as the facility changed.

Waste Management (upstream) – Collaborated to develop a regulation-based compliance grid for an oil production company with operations in several states.  The result with to identify and prescribe mandatory and best practices, and to standardize those across the operation where it made sense to do so to address long-term liability.  The work product generated lots of discussion and ultimately led the organization to understand clearly the implications and to have confidence in the policies it ultimately enacted.

Key Publications

“Contribution of Infrastructure to Oil and Gas Production and Processing Carbon Footprint,” John Beath, Marjie Boone, Nyx Black, Brandy Rutledge, Amgad Elgowainy, Michael Wang, Argonne National Laboratory Technical Papers, 2014.

“Streamlined Determination of the Carbon Footprint of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations,” American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA), October 2013, John Beath, Marjie Boone, Nyx Black, Brandy Rutledge, Amgad Elgowainy, Michael Wang. (

“Real-World Environmental Impact Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing,” June 2012, Air and Waste Management Association Annual Meeting, J.M. Beath and M.A. Boone.

“Characterization of Microbial Communities in MTBE and TBA Contaminated Aquifers Utilizing Bio-Sep® Bio-Traps,” 2004 11th Annual IPEC Conference, Albuquerque, NM.  K.L. Sublette, M. Boone, L. Ford, D. White, A. Peacock, A. Biernacki.

“Looking for the Signature of the Intrinsic Bioremediation of BTEX in Subsurface Microbial Ecology Using Bio-Sep® Bug Traps,” 2003 “10th Annual IPEC Conference, Houston, TX, (Poster), M. Boone, A. Biernacki, A. Peacock, G. Davis, K.L. Sublette, L. Ford.

“Identifying the Signature of Natural Attenuation in the Microbial Ecology of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Groundwater Using Molecular Methods and Bug Traps,” 6th Annual Student Research Colloquium, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK., M. Boone, K.L. Sublette, L. Ford. 2003.