Projects

Expansive Industry Knowledge. Energy Experience Spanning the Continental US.

Verdanterra has experience spanning the continental US, and in 2014 alone worked on projects located in 17 states. Those projects ranged in scale from single parcel assessments to work across the length of transcontinental linear projects.

  • Worked on projects of all lengths – Kinder Morgan’s Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline (UMTP) Project is over ~1100 miles, some Blue Racer Midstream well connect projects are less than a mile each.
  • Majority of our work was biological field support – wetlands and waterways reconnaissance, wetlands and waterways delineation, invasive species identification and mapping, protected species habitat assessment, and corridor route refinement for environmental mitigation purposes.
  • Excellent safety culture – no recordable incidents since inception.

Representative Projects

Northern Natural Gas New Lisbon Loop

Verdanterra conducted a wetland and waterway delineation and a rare species habitat assessment along the approximately 3.5 mile-long corridor and access roads. Prior to mobilizing into the field and performing habitat assessments, we also conducted a desktop analysis.

Northern Natural Gas New Lisbon Loop

Sandpiper Pipeline Project

Verdanterra supported the development of the Sandpiper Pipeline Project which will transport light crude oil 660 miles from North Dakota, through Minnesota, to an existing terminal in Wisconsin. Verdanterra conducted invasive species surveys and wetland and waterbody delineations along the right of way. Daily data collection and reporting included USACE wetland data forms, Wisconsin Rapid Assessment Method (WisRAM), and GPS survey within the proposed pipeline right-of-way.

Sandpiper Pipeline Project

Downeast LNG

Verdanterra assisted with Downeast LNG’s development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import/export terminal and natural gas pipeline in eastern Maine. Verdanterra staff were involved field work and authored environmental permitting documentation, FERC 7(c) application materials, Biological Assessments (USFWS and NMFS), and assisted the overall site prospecting and selection process. We were retained to assist the client in evaluating environmental resources and potential impacts, prepare FERC documentation, serve as liaison with natural resource agencies, and coordinate state and local environmental permitting for the project, which includes a 47-acre import/export facility and a 30-mile natural gas pipeline. The proposed development includes an associated pier facility extending approximately 3,300 feet from shore into Passamaquoddy Bay.

Downeast LNG

Spectra Energy Nexus Pipeline

Verdanterra conducted wetland and waterbody surveys and delineations on an approximate 250 mile proposed pipeline corridor crossing portions of Ohio and Michigan. Daily data collection and reporting included USACE wetland data forms, Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM), stream corridor assessments (HHEI/QHEI), and GPS survey within the proposed pipeline right-of-way. This information was used to support the routing and siting of the line, FERC license application, and state and federal permits.

Spectra Energy Nexus Pipeline

Blue Racer Midstream Product Gathering Program

The purpose of the Blue Racer Midstream Gathering Program is to gather gas produced from area natural gas wells and deliver that product to existing pipeline right-of-ways which can be utilized to deliver the product closer to market. Verdanterra conducted wetland and waterbody surveys and delineations for multiple pipeline projects within Blue Racer Midstream LLC’s portfolio in Ohio. In addition, Verdanterra conducted routing and siting of right of ways to help minimize unavoidable impacts to jurisdictional waters of the United States. Verdanterra documented compliance with the Nationwide 12 Permit and acquired hydrostatic discharge permits for the projects.

Blue Racer Midstream Product Gathering Program

Kinder Morgan UMTP and ACR Projects

Verdanterra is leading compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act for two significant proposed Kinder Morgan projects. In its Abandonment and Capacity Restoration Project (ACR Project), Kinder Morgan proposes to abandon gas service and 964 miles of existing natural gas pipeline from Columbiana County, Ohio, to Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. In its Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline Project (UMTP Project), Kinder Morgan will convert the 964 miles of existing pipeline to transport natural gas liquids (NGL) from supply sources in the Utica and Marcellus shale regions to Mt. Belvieu, Texas. As part of the ACR Project, Kinder Morgan will install four new compressor stations and 7.6 miles of new pipeline. For the UMTP Project, Kinder Morgan is proposing construction of a tank farm and approximately 202 miles of greenfield pipeline from Louisiana to Texas. Overall, Kinder Morgan proposes project activities in seven states (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas) that are subject to Section 106 compliance.

The lead federal agency for the ACR Project is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the lead federal agency for the UMTP Project is the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Verdanterra has overall responsibility for managing Section 106 activities as Kinder Morgan assists the lead federal agencies with this process. As the task leader, Verdanterra manages four subconsultants conducting cultural resource surveys, site evaluations, effects analysis, and development of treatment and avoidance plans. The Verdanterra task leader is responsible for communication with State Historic Preservation Offices, the FERC cultural resources lead, and the USACE district project managers. Verdanterra provides planning, direction, and quality control for Kinder Morgan deliverables related to the FERC 7(b) and 7(c) applications for the ACR Project and for the USACE permits for the UMTP Project.

Kinder Morgan UMTP and ACR Projects

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