In line with our successful EIA programme Portobello Institute will deliver a 1 day seminar on EIA Practice for Quarry Development Applications on 22nd August in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley.

On the day there will be a host of industry experts delivering presentations on key topics such as Quarry Planning, Cultural Heritage Assessment, Ecologicial Impact Asessment and Managing Issues of Public Concern to name a few.

The Insitute are delighted to have Pamela Bartley from Hydro G speak about Hydrogeology for Quarries,

Dr. Pamela Bartley (B. Eng, M.Sc., Ph.D, MIEI) is a water professional with hydrogeological investigation expertise.  Her civil  engineering background ensures a strong foundation in surface water hydrology and soils.  Her doctorate research led to specialisation in groundwater with field based experience in assessment of groundwater vulnerability and impact.  Working as an independent hydrogeologist, Pamela's project areas include supervision and design of large scale groundwater abstraction boreholes for public water supplies, groundwater investigations for quarry development, evaluating surface waters and groundwaters for the purpose of ensuring discharge compliance with Irish Regulation and evaluating surface water-groundwater interactions in cSAC environments with specific reference to water independent species and their habitats.  Her impact assessments are conducted in the context of Irish legislation concerning Surface Water, Groundwater, Pearl Mussels and Habitats (Birds & Natural Habitats) Regulations.  Her clients are private clients applying for developement consent or public bodies assessing proposals and applications.  She, by her own admission, spent far too long at college in NUIG, Letterkenny and Sligo RTC's, Queens University Belfast and Trinity University Dublin.  In the past, she has worked on research projects for Teagasc, the EPA, OPW, DoE, NRA and EU LIFE.  She has held lecturing posts at Waterford and Carlow Institutes of Technology.  She is a member of the panel assessing candidates for the "Site Suitability" FAS/GSI FETAC Certification process for "On Site Wastewater Treatment Systems".  She returned to her native Galway in 2003 and has been working for herself since then. In the last 4 years Pamela has become a specialist in the legal aspects of water, quarries, discharges, habitats and abstraction impacts and hence spends quite a lot of time working on sites that are the focus of assessment within the planning process.