Spring Creek Surface Water Withdrawal

A natural gas client planned to install and operate hundreds of wells in the Marcellus Shale Play. Each well is dependent on water sourcing to continue production, and the major water source for use was several miles away. The path to and from the source crossed federal, state, and private properties.

To accommodate the client’s goals, RETTEW teamed six internal departments to provide services focused on getting the water to its destination for production while maintaining environmental compliance. Our group worked to site the water withdrawal and finalize permitting through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, delineate wetlands and conduct environmental investigations for waterlines and a pumping station, and perform a topographic survey. We also engineered and designed permanent and temporary waterlines and intake, including the pump station, as well as provided construction oversight and management. RETTEW’s one-stop-shop of services provided cost savings, clear communication, and efficiencies throughout development. Our experience and understanding of the complexities within regulations resulted in securing the water source and infrastructure permitting well ahead of the client’s schedule. The efficiencies realized in constructing the water source infrastructure will save millions in trucking costs and provide a continual source for production for years to come.

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