Resumes of Selected Personnel

John Deacon

Senior Manager
B.S. Environmental Science
M.S. Ecology

Mr. Deacon is currently a Senior Manager located in Tracer ES&T’s Santa Maria office where he is responsible for permitting and compliance activities such as:

  • Air Quality Permitting (Title V permits, etc.)
  • Land Use Permitting (Simple Land Use Permits, Coastal Development Permits, etc.)
  • Permit Compliance (Compliance Verification Reports, breakdown reports, obtaining variances, etc.)
  • Spill and Accidental Release Plans (SPCC, OPA 90, OSCP, etc.)
  • Chemical Inventories and California Business Plan Preparation
  • Waste Management and Minimization Plan Preparation
  • Environmental Due Diligence (Phase 1 and Phase 2)
  • Emergency Response (Release reporting guidance, NRDA, etc.)
  • Process Safety Management

Mr. Deacon is also a member of the SBCAPCD Community Advisory Committee. This group reviews all new proposed regulations before they are brought to the Board of Supervisors. This group also guides the development of the Clean Air Plan and the Air Quality Maintenance Plan for Santa Barbara County.

Prior to joining Tracer, Mr. Deacon spent the last 20 years working for major and independent oil companies. Most recently he served as the Corporate Manager of Environmental, Safety and Regulatory Compliance (ES&RC) for Nuevo Energy Company. In this capacity he managed all aspects of Nuevo’s ES&RC effort including:

  • Permitting, safety and regulatory compliance for 12 offshore platforms and numerous onshore facilities. In addition, he obtained all permits for a gas reinjection project and a gas processing plant in Santa Barbara County.
  • Compliance with OSHA Process Safety Management regulations at 4 oil and gas processing facilities.
  • Due diligence for all oil and gas property acquisitions, divestitures and mergers. In 2003, Mr. Deacon oversaw due diligence for transactions in excess of $121 million. He also coordinated Nuevo?s ES&RC due diligence effort for the $900 million PXP/Nuevo merger.
  • Multi-agency Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA). Mr. Deacon was the Nuevo NRDA representative for the 1997 Pt. Pedernales spill.

In addition, Mr. Deacon was the Chairperson for the Western States Petroleum Association Coastal Producer’s Committee and the Chairperson for the Oil Caucus of the Fisheries Liaison Office in Santa Barbara. Prior to his experience in the oil industry, Mr. Deacon worked for the Santa Barbara County APCD.