Advisors & Consultants
Crystal Peak Minerals support team members
Mr. Butts; BS in Chemical Engineering 1960, University of Utah; has 45 years of experience in practical engineering. Forty years have been devoted exclusively to the extraction of minerals and salts from lakes, oceans, salars, and underground deposits. Mr. Butts participated in the design and operation of a 35,000 acre solar pond complex, now in operation at Ogden, Utah. He designed solar ponds for FMC in Argentina, for the Bureau of Chemical Mines at the Quidam Basin, China. He has supervised the building of hundreds of kilometers of solar pond dikes on almost every continent. He has aided in the design and operation of plants manufacturing potassium sulfate, potassium chloride, sodium sulfate, sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, soda ash, borax, sulfur, lithium carbonate, lithium chloride, sodium and potassium nitrate, iodine, bromine and other chemicals.
From 1982 to 1996, Mr. Butts was vice president of GSL Solar Consultants and Advisors Inc. He consulted with clients in the United States and abroad. This includes salt plants and refineries in over 30 countries. In addition to practical engineering experience, he has given training lectures in China, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Uganda, USSR, and the United States. 1n 1998, IMC Global purchased Great Salt Lake Minerals and renamed it IMC Kalium. Mr. Butts now consults with IMC and with other clients under the name of DSB International Inc.
Mr. Butts received The George Harris Chairman’s Award for engineering excellence in 1995. He is an honorary Research Fellow at the Center of Saline Lakes, Academy of Geological Science, China. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists.
J. Wallace Gwynn, Ph.D., P.G.
Dr. Gwynn received a B.S. in mineralogy/geology in 1965 and a Ph.D. in mineralogy in 1970 from the University of Utah. He began his career working in the private sector for such firms as Phelps Dodge and Great Salt Lake Minerals. From 1975 to 2009, he was employed as a research geologist with the Utah Geological Survey in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked to foster the responsible exploration, development, utilization, and management of Utah's mineral and energy resources through the gathering, compilation, analysis, and dissemination of current, reliable, and relevant information.
Over the years, he served on the Great Salt Lake Technical Team and the Bonneville Salt Flats Technical Review Committee. He contributed to the writing and editing of the "1995 Great Salt Lake Comprehensive Management Plan planning Process and Matrix," and to the 2000 Great Salt Lake Comprehensive Management Plan (Resource and Decision Documents). He is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Utah’s saline geologic environments. Currently, Dr. Gwynn is an independent consulting geologist.
Mr. Riley received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1979 from Utah State University. Mr. Riley has 30 years of experience in engineering focusing on water rights. In January 2005, Mr. Riley founded Jim Riley Engineering, LLC, a specialty engineering company focusing on researching water rights, processing of water rights, appropriation of water rights by the State Engineer, distribution of water rights, and adjudication of water rights. Clients include: Kennecott Land Company, Central Utah Water Conservancy, Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, Sandy City, and Patterson Homes.
From 1979 to 2005, Mr. Riley worked at the State of Utah – Division of Water Rights. While at the State of Utah, Mr. Riley worked as an engineer including: Utah Lake & Jordan River Regional Engineer, Weber River Regional Engineer, Computer Systems Manager, Special Investigations Section and Water use Study. His roles and responsibilities included: water rights administration; distribution of water rights; adjudication of water rights; dam safety; hiring & training of engineers, geologists, and engineering technicians; and resolving water rights. While at the State of Utah – Division of Water Rights,
Mr. Riley was asked to testify in numerous court cases and to write decisions for the State Engineer on complex water rights decisions. Mr. Riley is a licensed professional engineer, Number 166480-2202