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In Memory

Mike Metz

Michael C Metz
1947 -  2017

“Mike Metz was an engineering geologist, who began his professional career with ARCO at Hanford Department of Energy Nuclear Research Facility in the evaluation and coordination of applied technology and development projects concerning hazardous waste management

He went on to manage U.S. uranium exploration activities east of Rocky Mountains including groundwater sampling, field mapping, drilling, core sampling and geophysical well logging for a division of ARCO –  Anaconda Copper –  discovering one of the largest uranium deposits in Wyoming.

ARCO then assigned him to Alaska to work on exploration and development for the Trans Alaska Pipeline.  He specialized in permafrost geology with extensive experience in the development, design, and construction of Arctic oil and gas pipelines and related facilities working on more than 22 major oil and gas development projects in Alaska, Canada, and Russia.  He was a former member of the United States Committee on Permafrost, Polar Research Board and of the US Permafrost Delegation to People’s Republic of China that inspected Chinese facilities and exchanged cold region design and construction technology and he assisted US/Russian Arctic information exchange as a consultant to the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission.

He passed away quietly March 27, 2017 as he did everything – with his boots on. 

There will be a celebration of his life at his home in Hurricane, Utah November 3-5, 2017.  For info contact Christy at 208-360-8554camak@gci.net.”

Above information provided by his spouse, Christy McGraw Metz


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09/26/17 05:09 PM #1    

Larry Motschenbacher

Mike worked with Elden Johnson and David Hackney to present this paper, Assessment of the Below-Ground Trans-Alaska Pipeline Following the Magnitude 7.9 Denaili Fault Earthquake, for the Sixth U.S. Conference and Workshop on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering (TCLEE), August 10-13, 2003, Long Beach, California


09/27/17 08:13 AM #2    

Bill Howitt

Mike was the go to guy for all things permafrost...and a really nice guy. 

09/27/17 11:36 AM #3    

Ed Clarke


Mike was a great phycologist, he knew how to pesent things so that almost everyone agreed with him.  He made Alyeska's concerns very real to all concerned during the gasline permitting.    

Ed Clarke

02/19/18 08:42 AM #4    

Benton Yue

Mike was a true professional and a pioneer in permafrost pipeline engineering and construction. He was well respected or his technical skills while at ARCO.

He was instrumental in the design, construction, operation and research in TAPS.

His knowledge will be deeply missed by the industry.

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