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Energy producers must meet the growing market demand for fuel in the fastest, most efficient way possible. Yet a host of environmental regulations and public scrutiny make obtaining permits for exploration, drilling, and pipeline construction more challenging.

Our team provides environmental services and in-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local environmental regulations for conventional and unconventional oil and gas projects from the conceptual design and planning stages through construction, inspection and compliance, operations, reclamation and restoration, and closeout.

With experience in the major shale play regions — Bakken, Haynesville, Eagle Ford, Permian, Marcellus/Utica, Niobrara, Monterey, and the Scoop/Stack areas of Oklahoma, we understand the constraints you face with permitting timelines. We will work with you to meet your overall project construction and in-service schedule. SWCA can mobilize our technical experts to widely dispersed locales, under strenuous schedules and unfavorable weather conditions, to keep your projects on track during pre-construction, construction, and post-construction phases of your project. Our experience and long-standing relationships with many regulators also translate to our ability to provide these same services to other products, such as hydrogen, ammonia, and carbon dioxide, all of which will be needed more and more, in response to energy transition demands. 

Association Involvement

• Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV)

• Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)

• LA Pipeliners

• Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA)

• Montana Petroleum Association (MPA)

• Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA)

• Petroleum Association of Wyoming (PAW)

• Southern Gas Association (SGA)

• Women’s Energy Network (WEN)


Upstream Services

Upstream Services

Environmental issues and regulations are constantly evolving and highly variable by geography. As an energy producer you need a flexible, responsive, and locally-aware team to maintain regulatory compliance. With local staff who have worked for both regulatory agencies and industry, the SWCA team can expertly navigate the regulatory environment to expedite the permitting process, preempt regulatory problems, and resolve regulatory issues.


Midstream Services

Our environmental professionals offer in-depth knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations — from the conceptual design and planning stages through pipeline and facility construction, operations, and closeout. We know how to align project schedules with permitting timelines and supporting infrastructure requirements, and we coordinate with government agencies on your behalf to develop creative solutions for the environmental constraints you face.


FERC Services

SWCA can help you navigate the complexities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting and compliance processes. From routing assistance to permitting to compliance management during and post-construction, we have the expertise and experience to ensure project success. We are adept at working directly with the Commission and other regulatory agencies to assist our clients in the development of a project that recognizes and resolves resource issues prior to construction. 


Relevant Services


Oil & Gas Processing

  • Well Pad and Access Road Design Services
  • Permitting for Dams and Impoundments Associated with Drilling Operations
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control
  • Post Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM)

Environmental Compliance, Permitting, and Planning

Project Spotlights

Meet the Experts

Oil and Gas Lead

Scott Urwick

Scott has extensive experience in environmental consulting, including permitting energy projects across the U.S., managing and completing EAs, and EISs in compliance with NEPA, and siting, analysis, permitting, and construction of projects regulated by FERC.

surwick [at] (Contact Scott  →)
Sarah Jennings
Rocky Mountains / PNW

Sarah Jennings

Sarah has over 15 years of archaeological experience including a thorough understanding of the Section 106 process and management of all project aspects.

sjennings [at] (Contact Sarah  →)
Seth Dallman
California / Pacific

Seth Dallmann

Seth has over 15 years of experience with natural resources management and specializes in linear utility projects. He has provided environmental review, permitting, and construction compliance for numerous pipeline projects.

sdallmann [at] (Contact Seth  →)