Environmental Inspection of Gas Pipeline and Power Line Construction

Overview:

This major Power Industry client is one of the largest fully regulated utility companies in the U.S., serving approximately 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across seven states (Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia). KERAMIDA was awarded a six-year contract to conduct third party environmental inspections to ensure compliance with applicable environmental and natural resource permits and regulations for construction and field operations.

Project Details:

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KERAMIDA provides environmental inspection and compliance monitoring services for the construction of gas and electric lines facilities for this Power Industry client in seven states (IN, OH, KY, PA, MD, VA, MA).  

The environmental inspection and compliance monitoring services include:

  • Oversee contractor implementation of environmental conditions and mitigation measures as set forth in the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan, Environmental Construction Plan, Environmental Construction Standards and all other permits, clearances, or other authorizing documents.
  • Conduct daily field inspections of active construction and document contractor compliance with Project requirements.
  • Initiate corrective action for problem area and non-compliance activities, and ensure all repairs are completed within a timely manner or per agency requests.
  • Provide planning, delineations, field-staking, and workarounds, during construction and help prepare, process, document, and obtain variance requests.
  • Oversee installation of all project signage and environmental flagging, and ensure work remains within designated work areas and outside of sensitive resource areas.
  • Oversee installation, maintenance, and removal of erosion and sediment control measures, including photo documentation and reporting.
  • Supervise the delineation of work areas, flagging and fencing of sensitive resource/exclusion areas.
  • Oversee crossings of wetlands and streams, including any deviation from plans and photo documentation before, during, and after construction and restoration.
  • Communicate requirements for cultural or natural resource specialists and coordinate mobilization of resource monitors (biological and cultural) to specific areas as required.
  • Oversee implementation of the Unanticipated Discovery Plan, including notification to NRP and establishing and maintaining the exclusion zone.
  • Conduct field audits with photo documentation, including audits of Contractor spill and fire containment kits, and erosion controls.
  • Inspect for evidence of spills and other contamination and if detected, facilitate Contractor spill response, including reports listing material(s) involved, quantity and location.
  • Oversee compliance with topsoil segregation requirements, dust control measures, water quality requirements, sensitive resource protection measures, and other project-specific measures.
  • Verify weed-free certificates.
  • Approve imported soil for trench padding.
  • Ensure restoration of contours and topsoil.
  • Monitor and document reclamation and habitat restoration efforts, including installation of the appropriate seed mix and mulch per project specifications.  Restoration will include reseeding of native prairie, streams and wetlands.
  • Coordinate water sampling (lab analysis) of hydrostatic test discharges.

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