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KBA on the Forefront of Pipeline Permitting

KBA has been involved in the permitting of a 500-mile crude oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Colorado, a 70 mile crude oil pipeline from Colorado to Wyoming, and has performed environmental surveys at several gas pipeline right-of-ways in Texas.  KBA’s quick response was instrumental in allowing construction to proceed on these pipelines in a timely manner.  KBA evaluated stream crossings to determine if the pipeline could be constructed under a Section 404 Nationwide Permit and assessed the potential impact of the construction on protected species.  KBA also performed a tree survey to comply with local requirements for the pipelines in Texas. For the longer pipelines with multiple crossings, KBA submitted the pre-construction notification required by the Corps of Engineers.

KBA has performed environmental surveys at several oil and gas developments within federal lands as well.  These activities required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation and coordination with other federal agencies.  KBA evaluated threatened and endangered species habitat, surface waters, and potential for archeological sites along pipeline routes and within potential pad sites.  KBA met with federal representatives to determine the significant issues related to oil and gas and developed Biological Evaluations and Environmental Assessments.

KBA has performed presence-absence surveys for the endangered American Burying Beetle for a proposed natural gas pipeline right of way.  KBA performed the survey under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) permit by USFWS protocol.  Several burying beetle species were captured, but the endangered American burying beetle was determined to not be present in the ROW.  KBA also consulted with the State of Texas and USFWS to develop a protocol for crossing several streams that are potentially inhabited by an endangered mussel and an endangered fish


For more information about our pipeline permitting services, please contact Joe Schwartz at jschwartz@kbaenv.com

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