release of toxic substances from mining and manufacturing facilities. Dr. Maest has served on a number of national and international committees, including three National Research Council committees related to earth resources and minerals research and international committees on mining and sustainable development. She holds a Ph.D. in geochemistry and water resources from Princeton University and an undergraduate degree in geology from Boston University.
Arthur W. Ray currently serves as the president of Wiley Environmental Strategies, a minority-owned environmental consulting firm. He has been engaged with the firm since 2001, with exception of a short period as a senior regulatory analyst and environmental justice coordinator for the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) in Washington, D.C. From 1995 until 2001 he served as deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, where he directed all aspects of pollution control and environmental protection in the state. He has also served in legal and managerial capacities at three major utility companies, assisting each company’s environmental compliance efforts. Mr. Ray worked in the Office of Enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1979 to 1990, during which time he was involved in the prosecution of major hazardous waste enforcement cases. A recognized expert in the field of environmental justice (EJ), Mr. Ray has been the lead attorney in several groundbreaking EJ enforcement actions. He has done extensive work with EJ community groups throughout the country and has assisted in setting up EJ programs for businesses and government agencies. He received his B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from George Washington University.
W. C. “Rusty” Riese is a geoscience advisor with British Petroleum Alternative Energy and has more than 37 years of industry experience in both nonfuel and fuel minerals as a geologist, geochemist, and manager. Dr. Riese has written extensively and lectured on various topics in applied science, including biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, isotope geo-chemistry, uranium ore deposits, sequence stratigraphy, and coalbed methane petroleum systems, and holds numerous domestic and international patents, most developed during his 15 years of coalbed methane work and research. He has more than 30 years of teaching experience, including 24 years at Rice University where he developed the curricula for petroleum geology and industry risk and economic evaluation. Dr. Riese participated in the National Petroleum Council (NPC) evaluation of natural gas supply and demand for North America, conducted at the request of the secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and in the recent NPC analysis of global supply and demand requested by the same agency. He is a member of the house of delegates and is sections vice president for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Society of Economic Geologists. A certified professional geologist, certified petroleum