We provide testing services to certify product and materials compliance, support quality control, and ensure the health and safety of workers and their environment. We provide assistance for clients who are not sure what tests they need. Our accredited materials characterization laboratory is the foundation of all the services of RJ Lee Group provides, including standardized testing for compliance, industrial hygiene and environmental analyses, quality control, and materials research and development.

We provide credentialed expertise supported by robust scientific data. We provide significant support to industrial clients for product development, industrial hygiene and overall production support.

RJ Lee Group maintains a visible and respected reputation within the legal community, having offered scientific support in civil litigation matters for nearly 30 years. 

  • Product Liability 
  • Toxic Tort
  • Construction Defect
  • Fugitive Emission
  • Personal Injury
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  • Insurance Subrogation

Subject Matter Experts

From our core business of providing scientific solutions to our clients, we have developed innovative products. Some are produced internally, and some have arisen from partnerships with other research organizations. 

For example, we build lab software solutions to help manage and streamline your labs data, and environmental testing products for a variety of applications. 

  • IntelliSEM is a powerful automated particle analysis system.
  • ParticleID is  a customizable cloud hosted web application used to identify foreign particulate matter and  assist with root cause investigations. 

Other products we create count particles and help keep the air and environment safe.

RJ Lee Group is a materials analysis laboratory and consulting company which serves many different industries. We offer scientific solutions such as industrial forensics services, laboratory and testing services, litigation support, and laboratory software to many industries:

Bentonite Testing

Oil and natural gas drilling companies are required to follow regulations from several different entities, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state-level environmental agencies. Of particular concern is the possible contamination from spilled or released bentonite clay contained in most drilling fluids. Bentonite is a generic name describing the various clays formed from the weathering of volcanic ash, but it is mostly composed of the mineral montmorillonite, which is often included in drilling fluids (and other products) to cool and lubricate the drill bit. Montmorillonite is a swelling clay that can absorb water into its crystal structure. RJ Lee Group provides bentonite testing for the oil and gas industries to help companies avoid potential issues that could result from bentonite spills.

Bentonite Spills and the Environment

Bentonite testing provides the dual advantages of keeping the environment safe while saving oil and gas drilling companies money in downtime and regulatory fines.Although bentonite is nontoxic, it can adversely affect wildlife and water wells. Environmental agencies monitor drilling activities according to their permitting regulations, to ensure that drilling fluid is not being spilled or discharged into surrounding lakes and other water sources. If a spill is detected, construction must be halted, costing the drilling company tens or even hundreds of thousand dollars in clean-up, remediation, and possible fines.

RJ Lee Group is one of the only laboratories in the United States that performs bentonite identification analysis. Our experts use x-ray diffraction (XRD) based on the United States Geological Services (USGS) Clay Phase ID Flow Diagram to ascertain whether bentonite is present. During the process, certain minerals behave in predictable ways, but our four-step process indicates not only if the sample contains montmorillonite, but also can identify all clays present in the sample. A bulk XRD analysis is performed last for more information.

Regular sampling and analysis of soil and water around a drilling site will quickly alert oil and gas drilling companies to a possible bentonite spill, allowing for quick containment and remediation, plus avoiding potentially costly fines and work.

Contact RJ Lee Group today for more information on bentonite testing by calling 1-800-860-1775, or click below and we will contact you shortly.

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