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Midland

P.O. Box 62228

Midland, TX 79711

Tel: (432) 563-2200

Fax: (432) 563-2213

Lafayette

P.O. Box 53525

Lafayette, La 70505-3525

Tel: (337) 572-9937

Fax: (337) 572-9938

Lindale

P.O. Box 2426

Lindale, Tx 75771

Tel: (903) 881-8390

Fax: (903) 881-8395

San Antonio Texas

Tel: (432) 631-4587


Due Diligence Services

Property transactions bring with them a diverse list of liabilities having direct impact on capital outlay, management time, and professional reputation. They must be considered and factored into an organization’s acquisition, ownership, and exit strategies. Etech provides a clear understanding of these liabilities with total predicted costs and annual spending projections. Our tailored advice is commercially focused, clearly communicated, delivered on time, and backed with appropriate levels of professional indemnity coverage.


In performing the Environmental component of due diligence for our customers, we offer 1) rapid assessment techniques using real-time database that is used in the field, 2) a vast procurement network to bring cost effective solutions, and 3) quality deliverables that help our clients make their important decisions.

The following are just a few of the due diligence tools that we maintain at Etech to assist our clients:

Rapid Assessment Techniques

Etech has developed and implemented the use of its own database to assist in the collection of information from our field inspections. This database provides a means for our inspection teams to gather data and enter it directly into a database that can be shared with our clients in real time. Etech’s staff has performed complete due diligence screenings on as many as 450 sites and provided lists of recognized environmental conditions (RECs) and costs of remediation and equipment replacement within seven days of starting the project. Etech maintains a variety of tools necessary to perform thorough site screenings. These tools are always readily available to our staff and allow them to respond to those client needs on a moment’s notice. A few examples of these types of tools would be 1) organic vapor meter, 2) water level indicators, 3) oil-water interface probes, 4) fully-equipped well sampling trailer, 5) NORM meters, 6) x-ray fluorescence equipment, 7) and field analysis for hydrocarbons and salt (chloride) contamination.

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs)

Phase I ESAs are the first step in the site assessment process and they satisfy the requirements of the innocent Landowner Defense to liability imposed by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). Phase I ESAs are performed for buyers, sellers, brokers and lenders involved in the sale, purchase or lease of industrial, commercial, and agricultural properties. Phase I ESAs are typically required by lenders in order to assure that properties do not possess environmental conditions that could diminish the value or the property, the ability of the borrower to repay, and/or to establish baselines to allocate responsibility for clean-up costs.

Etech’s Phase I ESAs are performed in accordance with American Standard Testing Method (ASTM) E 1527-05 (the “ASTM Standards”), which has been deemed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to satisfy the requirements of CERCLA.


The purpose of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is to identify, to the extent feasible, RECs at the subject property. As defined in the ASTM Standards, RECs are defined as “the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products on a property under conditions that indicate an existing release, a past release, or a material threat of a release of any hazardous substances or petroleum products into structures on the property or into the ground, groundwater, or surface water of the property.”


The scope of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is limited to interviews with past and present owners, operators, and occupants; reviews of historical documents and records (including, but not limited to, aerial photographs, fire insurance maps, building department records, chain of title documents, and land use records); reviews of federal, tribal, state and local government records or databases of governmental records; a visual on-site inspection; notations of improvements on the subject property; a visual inspection of adjoining properties; and documentation of the presence or likely presence of contamination at the property to the extent practicable. The on-site investigation includes site inspection utilizing site/facility checklists, photographic documentation, and GPS coordinates.


In addition to the routine Phase I approach, Etech also offers modified assessments, which focus on specific aspects of our clients needs. These can include pre/post drilling surveys, existing environmental conditions surveys, and pre-sale surveys to identify potential areas of concern or recognized environmental conditions.

Phase II ESAs

Phase II ESA’s are conducted if a Phase I assessment indicates a strong likelihood that contamination exceeding regulatory action levels is present at a site. The Phase II ESA could call for comprehensive drilling, sampling, and analytical testing to more precisely define the type and extent of contamination, as well as to define appropriate remedial actions and related costs.

Phase III ESAs

A Phase III ESA, if called for, would involve actual remediation of the site, taking steps to restore the site to an acceptable environmental condition. Etech has extensive experience in the remediation of most forms of contamination.

Transaction Screening Questionnaire (TSQ)

The TSQ is an abbreviated screening method approved by the American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM) that can be implemented on a site. Often conclusions can be reached in performing this type of assessment that indicates no further investigation or assessment is needed. These TSQs are very often accepted in property transactions and are considerably less expensive than a standard ESA.

Financial Stability

An assessment of financial stability is critical to having a firm grasp on any business. This becomes even more critical, when acquisition and exit strategies are being implemented. Etech has the ability to assist clients with a sound financial stability assessment, which can help provide a comprehensive due diligence package.

Permitting & Regulatory Compliance

There are many federal and state regulatory requirements governing businesses. During many property or business transactions, companies fail to properly evaluate regulatory and permitting compliance. The Etech staff is well versed in all State and Federal regulations and can evaluate compliance as part of a more thorough due diligence package.

Equipment & Property Condition Assessment

Etech’s assessment database has the capability to store equipment and property condition assessment. Often, Etech staff members are asked to assess equipment and property that are included in property transactions. Etech has the skill and available resources to properly evaluate almost any type of equipment or property and include this information in a comprehensive due diligence package.

Why Etech?
  • Over 90 Years of Combined Site Assessment Personnel Experience Fully Insured
  • Regulatory Agency Respected
  • Affordable Rates
  • Qualified Personnel
  • Rapid Report Turnaround