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Consequences of Not Complying with Environmental Laws and Regulations

By |2018-11-02T08:47:34+00:00November 30th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Most consequences in life don’t seem possible until they actually happen. Whether it is going that extra five miles over the speed limit or not getting your inspection sticker on time, it can be easy to overlook potential repercussions. The same holds true for environmental related laws and regulations. It seems easy to construct [...]

New Stream Mitigation Rules for the Fort Worth, Texas District

By |2018-11-02T08:46:47+00:00October 15th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

On October 2, 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District announced its adoption of the new Stream Mitigation Method (SMM). The method aims to increase in-kind mitigation for impacts to stream resources by giving preference to stream mitigation credits generated through in-stream improvements. Only recently has the science of true [...]

Executive Orders to Reduce Carbon Pollution

By |2018-11-02T08:50:48+00:00July 25th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Whether or not carbon pollution significantly contributes to climate change is open for discussion and interpretation. That debate occurs every day around the water cooler, and everyone has their own opinion. On June 25, 2013, President Obama delivered a speech about carbon pollution in regards to his Climate Action Plan. Is the plan [...]

Finding Ecological Information through Reliable Websites

By |2018-11-02T08:51:29+00:00July 20th, 2013|Tags: , , |

How much can you learn from the World Wide Web? The short answer: A lot! The Internet provides many useful articles, links, websites, opinions, and pictures to help us get through the day. However, a search engine might not get the job done in a timely fashion. Search “threatened and endangered species” and [...]

Cheaper, Faster, Reliable: Technology Saving You Money

By |2018-11-02T08:51:39+00:00July 15th, 2013|Tags: , , |

With today’s technological advances, many of the laborious tasks required to complete ecological and natural resource components of a project are greatly improved. Gone are the days of field notebooks with blurred drawings and “cut-and-paste” maps. GPS units, GIS software, digital cameras, smart phones, tablets, and a host of other gadgets allow field [...]

Exemptions Implemented for Storm Water Plans

By |2018-11-02T08:52:48+00:00April 15th, 2013|Tags: , , |

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempted oil and gas activities from EPA storm water plans and permits. However, there are certain circumstances that are not exempt from storm water regulations. In June 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the ‘Final Rule’ exempting oil and natural gas construction activities from the National [...]

Understanding Surface Water Permitting

By |2018-11-02T08:52:59+00:00April 5th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

According to state laws, a permit application may need to be filed to obtain water rights. Surface water is readily available for multiple activities, such as hydrostatic testing, hydraulic fracturing, or just keeping the dust settled on a construction site. Before putting a pump in the nearby creek or pond to get the [...]

Steps to Acquire Water Discharge Permits

By |2018-11-02T08:53:48+00:00April 1st, 2013|Tags: , , , |

The process for obtaining a permit for vessels requires strong attention to detail. The pipeline is full of water, pressurized, held and monitored, and passed all the tests. Now release the water and get ready to fill that pipeline with natural gas. Wait!  Is a permit needed to discharge all that water? The [...]

EPA’s New VOC Emission Requirements for Storage Tanks

By |2018-11-02T08:53:58+00:00November 1st, 2012|Tags: , , |

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its requirements on August 2, 2013, for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emissions from storage tanks, which are primarily used by the oil and natural gas industry. This update is a part of the VOC performance standards for storage tanks, which was published in 2012. A key component [...]