Archaeological Survey

A natural gas client required assistance with permitting, field routing, designing, and constructing a crucial surface water withdrawal location for its hydrofracking operations in the Marcellus Shale Formation.

RETTEW provided comprehensive archaeological services for the project’s U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) joint permit regulatory requirements. During the planning stages, RETTEW and the client’s project team worked together to avoid sensitive historic and archaeological resources and identified alternative rerouting options. Avoidance of the resources prevented the need for additional Phase II studies, reducing cost and moving the project forward without delay. RETTEW produced a comprehensive archaeological report that included archaeological site forms, avoidance measures, and recommendations. We submitted the report to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office) and USACE for review and concurrence. Because of RETTEW‘s experience on numerous similar surface water withdrawal projects that required cultural resource investigations, we received concurrence with our recommendations within one month.

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