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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 gas and oil 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.

Association Involvement

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

• Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA)

• Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association (OIPA)

• Southern Gas Association (SGA)

• Montana Petroleum Association (MPA)

Oil & Gas Services

Upstream Services

Upstream Services

SWCA's Upstream Environmental Services provide innovative and timely solutions for the oil and gas industry.

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Midstream Services

SWCA's Midstream Services help you efficiently meet the growing demand for fuel transportation.

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FERC Services

FERC Services

SWCA's FERC Services can help you navigate the complexities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission permitting and compliance processes.

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Relevant Services


  • Clean Water Act Section 404 Permitting
  • Wetland Delineation and Wetland Crossing Permits
  • Stream Permitting
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit Applications
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)

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

  • Air Quality Permits and Monitoring
  • Applications for Permit to Drill (APD)
  • Cultural and Historical Resource Surveys
  • Erosion Sediment Control General Permits
  • GHG Analysis and Reporting
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Compliance Permitting
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
  • Environmental Inspection
  • State and Local Permitting
  • Constraints Analysis and Pipeline Routing
  • Site Planning and Resource Avoidance
  • Public Involvement and Education
  • Mitigation Planning
  • Noise and Vibration Modeling and Measurement
  • Plans of Development and Operations
  • Interactive GeoWeb/GIS Planning, Monitoring & Decision Support Tools
  • Restoration and Revegetation

Meet the Experts

Scott Urwick, Director, Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas Lead

Scott Urwick

Scott has extensive experience in environmental consulting, including permitting of energy projects across the U.S. and managing and completing EAs, and EISs in compliance with NEPA. He specializes in management of large multi-disciplinary teams for siting, analysis, permitting, and construction of large projects, especially those projects regulated by FERC.

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Amanda Cohen

Amanda Cohen

Amanda has 25 years of experience in prehistoric archaeology. She has also served as a ceramic analyst and is familiar with all aspects of archaeological research and analysis.

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Heather Sexton

Heather Sexton

Heather is a Professional Wetland Scientist with over 14 years of experience. During this time she has led numerous conventional and unconventional oil and gas projects in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays.

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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.

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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.

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