Mr. Gablehouse is an attorney maintaining an environmental practice focused on planning and management of environmental compliance, emergency planning, loss prevention and corrective action projects. This includes active involvement in administration of hazardous materials accident prevention programs, facility security and emergency planning programs, emergency response and community right-to-know programs, and continuity of operations in the face of disaster.
These activities include service for eight terms as a Governor’s appointee on the Colorado Emergency Planning Commission, with reappointment for an ninth term in January 2010, and chairing the Local Emergency Planning Committee – Citizen Corp Council for Jefferson County. He was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee for EPA on Accident Prevention and a participant in EPA’s Presidential Review Stakeholders Conference on EPCRA.
Mr. Gablehouse has recently completed his second term as President of the National Association of SARA Title III Program Officials and now serves on the Board of Directors and as Director of Government Relations. He is a member of InfraGard, served two terms on Board of Directors of InfraGard Denver Member’s Alliance,Inc., and is currently serving as treasurer. Activities in the growing arena of public-private preparedness partnerships includes serving as President of the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership, Inc.
His emergency planning activities have been recognized with the 1994 and 2009 Colorado Emergency Management Association President’s award, the inaugural Colorado “Leonard Boulas” Haz Mat Award in 1999, and EPA’s Star Performance award in 2004. Besides being a frequent speaker on emergency planning, response planning and community right-to-know issues, he has twice testified before the Commerce Committee of the United States House of Representatives regarding emergency planning and response, and before the Environment and Public Works Committee of the United States Senate regarding the accident investigation and prevention activities of the United States Chemical Safety Board and Environmental Protection Agency.
Internationally, Mr. Gablehouse has also been active in these fields:
- As a speaker at the OECD Workshop on Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Response, cosponsored by the Government of Finland and UN/ECE held at Lappeenranta, Finland;
- As a speaker at the Workshop on Communication Related to Chemical Releases Caused by Deliberate Acts, cosponsored by OECD, NATO, OPCW, REMPEC/IMO, UNECE, UNEP and WHO held at Rome;
- As a speaker at the Workshop on National Response Systems to Protect Against Chemical Emergencies sponsored by OPCW held at The Hague;
- As a speaker at the Regional Southern African Workshop on APELL, sponsored by UNEP and held at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa;
- As a speaker at the International Seminar on Promoting Safer Operations and Emergency Preparedness in the Value Chain of the Chemical Sector sponsored by UNEP, MEP and DOW held at Beijing in 2009;
- As a speaker at the Workshop for Promoting Safer Operations and Emergency Preparedness in the Value Chain of the Chemical Sector sponsored by MEP, UNEP and DOW held at Zhangjiagang China in August 2009 with follow-up sessions in Houston in February 2010, seminars and practical involvement in exercise planning in Zhangjiagang in April and August 2010, and participation in a full-scale exercise in Zhangjiagang in September 2010.
- As a speaker at the National Dissemination Workshop Promoting Safer Operations and Emergency Preparedness in the Chemical Sector in China, hosted by UNEP and the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection held at Beidaihe in September 2010.
- As a speaker at the APELL Experiences UNEP Conference, November 2010, Buenos Aires, and December 2010, Bahía Blanca, Argentina;
- As a speaker presenting a paper on the public role in emergency response preparedness during the International Conference on the 20th Anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy held at I.I.T. in Kanpur India in December 2004;
- As a speaker presenting a paper on the dangers of reaction by-products to first responders at the International Conference on Toxicology, Environmental and Occupational Health, held in Lucknow, India in November 2005;
- As a member of the OECD Safety Performance Indicators Expert Group working on implementation of the OECD Guiding Principles for Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response;
- As a speaker presenting a paper at the Joint EU-OECD Seminar on Safety Performance Indicators held at Bordeaux in October 2008.
Representative research projects include service on the project advisory committees for two completed AwwaRF projects. The first resulted in a publication cited as “Pollard, S., Hrudey, S.E., Hamilton, P., MacGillivray, B., Strutt, J., Sharp, J. Bradshaw, R., Leiss, W. and Godfree, A. (2007) Risk analysis strategies for credible and defensible utility decisions, Awwa Research Foundation Research Report 91168, Awwa Research Foundation, Denver, CO, Ref 1P-3.25C-91168-02/07-NH, 88pp”, and the second is on “Development of a Risk Management Culture”. Another WRF project, “Best Practices for Water Utility Legal Protection and Claims Management from Infrastructure Failure Events” is in progress.
J.D., University of Denver, College of Law, 1975.
M.B.A., University of Denver, 1981.
B.A., Environmental Biology, University of Colorado, 1973.