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MOUNDSVILLE GAS FRACTIONATING COMPLEX & PIPELINES | Compliance and Permitting Services | Moundsville, WV
 
PROJECT GOAL:
 
Fast-track permitting and construction of shale gas and liquids (NGLs) fractionating complex and associated regional pipelines.
 
SERVICES PROVIDED:
  • Fractionating Facility Site Due Diligence and Environmental Liability Transfer Management:  Hull provided due diligence services for the purchase of a Superfund Site in Moundsville, West Virginia for construction of a fractionating complex.  Hull's experience as developers of projects on former industrial sites, including Superfund sites, allowed us to expand on typical due diligence efforts by strategic planning and negotiation with the former owner (PRP) and U.S. EPA to obtain agreements and comfort letters and develop an environmental covenant for the property that facilitated purchase and rapid site construction while protecting the client's liability and minimizing limitations.
  • Fractionating Facility Permitting:  Hull coordinated the NEPA review for a 404 nationwide permit for a stream crossing, provided third-party review of the permit application, coordinated a Section 106 cultural resources assessment, and evaluated permitting and engineering requirements for a river barge facility.

  • Fractionating Facility Civil and Geotechnical Services:  Hull managed geotechnical testing for tank foundations, grading plans, flood plain redelineation, slope stability reinforcement, and general construction support.

  • Fractionating Facility Construction Environmental Services:  Hull provided a range of environmental services in support of construction, particularly since the site was formerly a Superfund site.  These services included: soil, water and waste management; air monitoring; monitoring well closures; discolored or odorous soil investigation and disposition; etc.

  • Shale Gas Gathering Line Permitting and Compliance Coordination:  In support of the construction of gas and liquid pipelines associated with the processing complex, Hull provided environmental permitting and compliance services.  Hull provided these services on over 20 distinct gathering line projects consisting of over 100 miles of pipeline installed.  Hull's on-site permitting coordinator received daily reports from 11 Environmental Inspectors and 3 Lead Environmental Inspectors working on 8 different spreads for 3 separate pipeline construction projects.  Compliance related erosion and sedimentation control (ESC) issues were logged, progress tracked, and solutions presented and discussed with chief inspectors and project managers.  Field response was monitored and regulatory notifications prepared, as necessary.

  • Erosion and Sedimentation Inspection and Documentation:  Hull was requested to provide inspectors for a rapid assessment of recently installed gathering lines as a response to orders received from WVDEP and USEPA related to discharge of sediment to waters of the state and the United States.  In less than 24 hours, Hull mobilized 5 erosion and sediment control specialists familiar with best management practices for stream crossings and right-of-way discharge elimination methodology.  These specialists walked approximately 7 miles of existing pipeline right-of-way, completing the field activities one day after the authorization to proceed was issued.  Field reports and photo documentation were compiled and provided to the client the next business day following completion of the field activities.

  • Preparation of Stream Activity Applications for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) Office of Land and Streams (OLS):  Hull provided wetland specialists with bat habitat assessment experience to walk over 36 miles of proposed pipeline routes on 5 distinct projects.  Hull rapidly reassessed approximately 31 miles of previously permitted routes on two projects.  This rapid deployment allowed Hull to prepare and submit modified applications for 31 miles of line with an overall project completion time of approximately 9 business days.

SPECIAL CHALLENGES/COMPLICATIONS:

The special challenges associated with this project were:

  1. The accelerated schedule under which the pipeline system and gas processing facilities were required to be completed; and,
  2. The fact that the fractionating facility is constructed on a former Superfund site.  Hull's knowledge and rapid deployment of resources were key elements to achieving fast-track permitting and construction without unforeseen delays.  Hull's experience as developers of projects on former industrial sites, including Superfund sites, allowed us to facilitate negotiation with the former owner (PRP) and U.S. EPA to obtain agreements and comfort letters and develop an environmental covenant for the property that enabled purchase and rapid site construction while protecting the client's liability and minimizing limitations.  This experience with development of contaminated property also translated into cost-effective support of construction, including managing contaminated soil and water that may be encountered and implementing activity and use restrictions without limiting or delaying construction plans.