Environmental Research -- Investigative Site Histories
Environmental cases generally involve finding answers to not simply scientific but also historical questions, such as:
Finding the answers to these types of questions and weaving those answers into a chronological narrative story of the land use of a particular site is a specialty of Parrent Smith Investigatons and Research. With investigators who have backgrounds in not only environmental cases, but specifically in historical research and writing, our clients can expect to receive a thoroughly researched and well-written narrative report on a site's history from the time it was simply unused raw land to the present, or for whatever time period the case requires.
A thorough investigative site history can often save the client large sums of money. There are a number of possible goals for either comprehensive or partial site histories, including:
Good investigators have a natural instinct to follow every lead and leave no stone unturned. When investigators also have experience in library and historical research, as Parrent Smith investigators do, the combination gives attorneys and their clients the assurance that a thorough and comprehensive site history will be done as efficiently as possible. Because the job often requires not simply document or library research but often includes interviews with ex-employees and other individuals, investigators trained in historical research are often better suited than academically trained historians for this sensitive information gathering.
When millions of dollars in clean-up costs are on the line, the question a party to an environmental action has to consider is - what will be the costs and consequences of not doing a comprehensive site history?
For a fuller discussion of Parrent Smith's environmental research please see:Digging Deeply for the Story: Investigative Site Histories in Environmental Cases
For some of the cases we have worked on see: Cases
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