RETTEW's Balson Earns Professional Geologist’s License

Lancaster, Pa. – RETTEW, an Engineering News-Record top 500 design firm providing engineering, transportation, environmental consulting, planning and surveying services, today announced that Audra E. Balson recently earned her licensure as a professional geologist from the commonwealth. Balson works in RETTEW’s environmental sciences group.    

“Having Audra put forth the effort to earn her professional geologist’s license is proof of her dedication to her profession,” said Mark Lauriello, PE, president, RETTEW. “I congratulate Audra on her professional achievement.”  

Balson’s responsibilities at RETTEW involve her working on projects relating to natural gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale play. She conducts Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, assists natural gas clients with obtaining the necessary permits from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and conducts geologic and hydrogeologic investigations. Additionally, Balson provides drilling and construction oversight, groundwater and soil sampling and collects and analyzes water quality, geologic and hydrogeologic data. She also prepares technical reports for environmental investigations and site closures in accordance with federal and state regulations.

Balson has five years of experience working throughout the East Coast and overseas on environmental remediation and natural gas exploration projects. Her experience includes her working on municipal solid waste and industrial landfills and former manufactured gas plant sites. Balson is a 2003 graduate of State University of New York at Oswego with a bachelor’s degree in geology; she is a 2007 Temple University graduate with a master’s degree in geology. Balson is resident of Lititz, Lancaster County, and active in National Multiple Sclerosis Society fundraising activities.  

RETTEW, ranked by Engineering News-Record magazine as one of the top 500 design firms in the United States, provides engineering, transportation, environmental consulting, planning, surveying and related consulting services to a broad range of clients in the mid-Atlantic region. Beginning in 1969 as a single-person office, today RETTEW has more than 250 employees. Offices are located in Bethlehem, Lancaster, Mechanicsburg, Schuylkill Haven and Williamsport, Pa.; and Liberty and Margaretville, N.Y. For more information on any of RETTEW’s services, please call 1-800-RETTEW-5 (1-800-738-8395) or e-mail