environmental directions is always difficult due to many contributing
factors including; public opinion, legislation and congressional
leadership, the state of the economy, and federal/state environmental
organization leadership. However, these factors typically give some
warning of their eventual arrival. The catastrophic unforeseen barometric
changes occur at the project level in the form of; change in regulatory
agency personnel; changes in community interest level, or investigation
results which increase the impacted quantity and/or media type requiring
feeling derailed, what options can an individual or organization
take to minimize the impacts of these barometric (or pressure) changes?
In order to decide what to do, let us first address what we should
the course at any cost. The course has changed and the project
must change with it. There is a new RPM or a new group of interested
community members or a new remediation process to consider. Staying
the course will cost money and the balance of the project control
may shift to the agencies. This is not to say that all aspects
of the project should change, but simply a need to adjust to the
new issues is required. This will allow the project to realize
the least impact, while continuing to drive the process to completion.
not ignore the issues. The issues are not going to solve themselves
and they do not go away. In fact, they probably will come back
with a vengeance. Additionally, project issues when not addressed
can come back at any time within the project. Environmental projects,
which have had one or a combination of barometric changes have
result in completed designs being shelved and the process taking
on a whole new direction.
not get angry, remember the goal. Although becoming angry can
be particularly easy to do given some circumstances which project
members are faced with, in most cases this is counterproductive.
Control the anger to achieve the objective.
these three examples of what not to do, an answer to these barometric
changes may then be to: 1) stop temporarily and assess the impact(s);
2) quantify the issues including assessing risks and then; 3) proceed
with these new factors in mind, paying particular attention to the
for the obvious no strategy works all the time. Therefore, what
may work in these types of situations are presented as a guide.
The barometric conditions are not always in the parties control,
and therefore, we must be aware of the project needs and apply appropriate
efforts to satisfy them.