Lois Epstein, P.E., is an Alaska-licensed engineer with her own company, LNE Engineering and Policy, where she serves as a consultant to environmental and tribal organizations. Previously, Lois worked full-time for national and regional environmental organizations in Alaska and Washington, DC. Her work focuses on ensuring that onshore and offshore – especially Arctic – oil and gas operations are as safe and environmentally-sound as possible and protecting sensitive areas from new resource development.
Ms. Epstein has presented invited testimony before the U.S. Congress on over a dozen occasions, largely focusing on release prevention in the oil and gas sector. Additionally, she has served on federal advisory committees covering offshore operations, pipeline safety, and refineries. Ms. Epstein has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, NPR, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Ms. Epstein has master’s degrees from Stanford University in Civil Engineering with a specialization in environmental engineering and science and from Johns Hopkins University in museum studies, and undergraduate degrees from both Amherst College (English) and MIT (mechanical engineering).