Laboratory Submissions

Is your environmental consultant submitting soil/water samples for laboratory analyses following proper protocols?  Items to consider:

  1. Place one COC form per cooler to avoid confusion
  2. Don't mix samples with different COCs in each cooler
  3. Keep soil and water samples separated in different coolers
  4. Separate highly impated samples from clean samples
  5. Ensure labeling of samples is legible
  6. Fill out the entire COC with as much information as possible
  7. Keep samples cool using ice packs
  8. Submit samples within appropriate holding times

New Employee

Nichols would like to welcome Ms Anna Durante to our Edmonton office.  Anna is a hydrogeologist with a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta and comes to Nichols with several years of experience doing both hard rock geology and contaminated sites work.

Client Testimonial - Crude Oil Release

From a large midstream oil and gas client:

"This release response and cleanup went smoothly and was deemed as one of the most successful conducted to date"

Client Testimonial - Large Fuel Spill

… you have managed the most complex scenario that I have ever encountered and you did it with professionalism and poise that is absolutely top of game… Kudos to your firm and the fine people who make it what it is…


Boron in Soil

What’s the deal with boron?

Well it’s a compound that can naturally be found through the weathering process of parent rock/minerals as well as decay of plant material. Where its not natural? Boron is often found with produced water, agricultural sources such as fertilizer, and industrial sources. What’s the concern? Boron is an essential micro-nutrient for plants, but like anything not taken in moderation, can have negative effects.

Formerly the boron guideline in Alberta was based on “professional judgement”. One problem with that, background concentrations in Alberta often exceeded the former guideline of 2 ppm because of our clay soils, and well that’s not fair! So for the last 8 years, a new boron guideline has been in the making, one with risk-based criteria (lots of laboratory work and modelling). The catch, the use of a different analytical method that is considered more representative of available boron. So while there is a perceivable industry sigh of relief in 2016 with a release of new guidelines and methods…there’s also an adjustment and re-evaluation period going on.

If you’d like to know more about the development of the new guidelines you can visit the Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research website:

Professional Development

Congratulations to our very own Daniel Faucher on achieving his Registered Technologist in Agrology (R.T. (Ag.)) designation through the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Nichols promotes continuing education and professional development as core value which is reflected in our Corporate Philosophy.


Head Office – Edmonton
17331 – 107th Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5S 1E5

Phone: (780) 484-3377
Fax: (780) 484-5093

Calgary Office
427 Manitou Road SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 4C2

Phone: (403) 452-1820
Fax: (403) 984-8803

Peace Region
Office: (780) 484-3377
Toll Free: 1-877-888-6325

Saskatchewan Office
Office: 1-877-888-6325

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