Clean Water Act Permitting for Gas Pipeline Repair
C&S managed Clean Water Act permitting for the National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation’s Line-U exposure project, which required remediation of an exposed natural gas pipeline in federally regulated wetlands. Aquatic resource delineation identified a federally regulated stream and wetland in the project limits. Permits were required from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, so C&S developed a plan to avoid and minimize impacts to the resources as much as practicable. This included techniques to reduce the construction footprint, soil erosion and sediment controls, and a post-construction restoration plan. The permits require avoidance of adverse effects to cultural resources protected by the National Historic Preservation Act; and to rare, threatened, and endangered species protected by the Endangered Species Act. C&S coordinated the cultural resource review and determined there were no impacts. We established avoidance and minimization measures to protect the northern long-eared bat that avoided a “take” of the protected species and allowed the project to proceed without restrictions.