Michael A. Jacobs, PG

Oil and Gas Services

Midland, Texas


Mr. Jacobs has over 35 years of experience throughout Texas and New Mexico investigating subsurface conditions for soil or groundwater contamination, water supply or oil and gas production potential. He is the Midland, Texas office Operations Manager and oversees the Midland  staff.

He manages projects for Pioneer Natural Resources, and has worked with a range of clients, including the U.S. Department of Defense, Bureau of Air Force; El Paso Energy; NASA, White Sands Test Facility;  Manticore Resources; Kerr McGee Oil and Gas Corporation; Coastal Oil and Gas Corporation; McNeese Logging Inc.; Tenneco Minerals Inc.; and Noranda Exploration U.S.

Under Mr. Jacobs leadership, DBS&A provides the following services to the oil and gas industry:

  • Spill response for produced water and crude oil impacted soil, and incident management
  • Contaminant delineation and site characterization
  • Hydrogeological characterization and environmental monitoring
  • Soil and groundwater remediation system design, implementation, and operation
  • Numerical modeling for contaminant plume capture and containment
  • Water supply sourcing and development
  • Public water supply design, permitting, and compliance monitoring
  • Wildlife and endangered species surveys and natural/cultural resource management
  • Regulatory compliance
    • Spill prevention control and countermeasures (SPCC) plans
    • Stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP)
    • Waters of the U.S. delineation
  • Naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) surveying and waste management
  • Environmental due diligence, facility assessments, and audits
  • Environmental impact studies/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance
  • Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) regulatory compliance, permitting, and enforcement action support
    • Operator cleanup program (OCP) and voluntary cleanup program (VCP) support
    • Investigation of water quality complaints in active oil and gas production areas
    • Permitting and design for oil and gas, fresh and produced water storage pits (i.e., Form H-11)
  • Landfarming, land treatment, and land application permitting
  • Civil and geotechnical engineering design
  • Federal land permitting, compliance, and reclamation (New Mexico-specific)
  • Litigation support and expert witness testimony


  • Education

    MS, Geology/Geophysics, University of Texas (El Paso)

    BS, Geology, Eastern New Mexico University

  • Registration / Certification

    Professional Geologist, Texas, No. 5980

    Remote Pilot Certification, Federal Aviation Administration

  • Specializations

    Oil and Gas

    Subsurface investigation for soil or groundwater contamination

    Water supply

  • Affiliations

    American Institute of Professional Geologist

    American Association of Petroleum Geologists

    Society of Petroleum Engineers

    New Mexico Geological Society

    West Texas Geological Society

Select Publications and Presentations

Blandford, N., Jacobs, M., Donnelly, A. 2020 Groundwater Availability in the Permian Basin. Water Committee of Permian Basin Petroleum Association. Virtual, July 2020.