Member Spotlight:

Western Environmental Liner was created in 2002 by their parent company Western Ag Enterprises Inc. to help satisfy the needs of several of their customers who were asking for geomembrane liners. Western Ag Enterprises had previously focused on the production and service of Tarps & Covers and felt the need to put more focus into geomembrane specialization by creating a separate division. Headquartered in Tolleson, Arizona, with locations in Kansas and New York as well, Western Environmental Liner specializes in the production of custom fabricated geomembrane linings for multiple applications, including but not limited to; very large ponds & lakes liners of all shapes and sizes, liners for canals, temporary construction ponds, waste pits, mining applications, golf course ponds, recreational facilities, oil field fuels & waste containment as well as frack pad, pit, & tank liners. Liner materials provided include, but are not limited to, Reinforced Polyethylene, Reinforced Polypropylene, PVCs, Xr5, and potable drinking water certificated products as well as other specialized geoemembranes. For more information about Western Environmental Liners capabilities, please contact Shane Carter at or visit


Mocon Visits University of Illinois

On 30 March 2014, Anthony Ahmed of Mocon, Inc. visited Tim Stark at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).  Tim gave Anthony a tour of the Geosynthetics Laboratory in the Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory and discussed current and potential FGI research activities.

Dr. Stark welcomes all FGI members to visit the University of Illinois to better understand the resources available and how the FGI can provide additional benefits to them. The FGI is an exciting advancement in the geomembrane industry and allows the Institute to focus on all geomembranes that can be factory fabricated.

Mocon, Inc. provides instruments, testing services and consulting for gas detection, measurement and analysis.  In addition, Mocon is the premier provider and innovator of solutions for:  permeation testing instruments and laboratory services, modified atmosphere packaging, package integrity, shelf-life evaluation, package cost reduction, sustainability, package safety and aerobic bacteria screening.

Tim Stark (left), Technical Director of the FGI with Anthony Ahmed, Global Business Development Manger for Mocon, Inc.


If protecting the environment from contaminate and accidental spills is important to your organization, the ASCE-sponsored short course on Best Practices for Shale Oil and Gas Development is for you. This course will look at the important protections that geosynthetics can cost-effectively bring to your jobsite. The shale oil and gas industry uses geosynthetics in drill pad liner systems; tank, pond and pit liner systems; floating cover systems; secondary containment systems; prefabricated fabric tanks; and fresh water reservoirs. The course will focus on these applications as well as the innovations in design and construction of shale oil and gas installations.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pittsburgh, PA

Who Should Attend?
All drillers, energy companies, consultants, regulators, engineers as well as anyone interested in learning about the latest advances in geosynthetic design, specification, installation, testing, performance and repair in the shale oil and gas industry.

Testimonials from Past Attendees:
“Great overall class, very informative.”
“Information related to regulations and policy, as well as common field practices.”
“The obvious depth of knowledge of the presenters.”
“I liked everything about this short course!! Everyone was very informative and knowledgeable.”

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FGI and IAGI Create Geomembrane Guidelines

The FGI and IAGI teamed up to develop installation guidelines for heavyweight (>25 mil), lightweight (<25 mil), and unsupported compounded geomembranes.  The heavyweight and lightweight guidelines have been approved by IAGI and can be viewed using the following links.  The unsupported compounded guideline is under final editing and will be available shortly.

For Heavyweight Guidelines, please click here.

For Lightweight Guidelines, please click here.