Western Plains Consulting (WPC) has been involved in a large number of environmental studies related to pre-construction permitting. From extensive studies related to transmission line corridors that satisfy FERC requirements, to NEPA studies that address FCC tower sitting projects, WPC has the experience and expertise.
- Oil Well Siting Biology Assessment and Evaluation Projects, Western North Dakota: Since 1999, WPC staff has been involved in the baseline siting of scores of new oil well pads, pipelines and associated roads in the crude oil fields in western North Dakota. WPC performed wildlife, vegetation and soils permitting for projects of oil companies as part of their pre-operational requirements internally, and for regulators such as the US Forest Service. The biological assessments included assessment of the location by both a biologist/wildlife specialist and a botanist. The soils projects assessed the soils and provided critical data for topsoil management when the oil pads, roads and pipelines were constructed and for future reclamation after the sites are closed.
- Environmental Assessment for New Radio Tower Siting: WPC was contracted by a group to prepare an Environmental Assessment for the siting and construction of a new radio tower. The assessment included a wildlife and botanical assessment and a Phase I environmental assessment. The completed document satisfied both FAA and FCC requirements.
- Environmental Assessment for Utility Pipeline Rerouting. WPC was contracted by a utility company to perform an Environmental Assessment on a project according to FERC requirements. The project involved the rerouting of a portion of a natural gas pipeline from an existing river crossing location (running along the underside of a bridge) to a new location (buried under the river). The assessment included threatened and endangered species and wetlands surveys. The completed document satisfied both the client and FERC requirements.