Midwestern U.S. Based Utility
Just-in-time Environmental Permitting Keeps Large Pipeline Project on Track.
A Midwestern U.S. based utility’s 18-mile high pressure natural gas pipeline in Indiana would supply customers with reliable energy and reduce capacity issues. The pipeline route had been selected, easements had been secured, and a construction date was established, but no environmental field surveys or permit pre-coordination had taken place. In order to meet deadlines, the utility needed comprehensive environmental planning that was both professional and prompt.
Davey Resource Group field teams went into action:
- Surveyed the 18-mile project corridor for the presence of wetlands, streams, and potential endangered and threatened species habitat.
- Conducted a GIS analysis to determine impacts to forested floodway.
- Worked closely with the utility to quantify impacts to natural resources, and agency coordination was initiated.
- Located potential mitigation sites and developed mitigation plans.
- Coordinated with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and a bat emergence survey was conducted to confirm absence of endangered and threatened bat species.
DRG obtained the necessary permits* and the natural gas pipeline construction proceeded on schedule. DRG’s experts are implementing the mitigation plans and will continue to help the utility satisfy permit requirements on an ongoing basis.
*US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide 12 Permit; Indiana Department of Environmental Management Section 401 Water Quality Certification; Indiana Department of Natural Resources Construction in a Floodway Permit