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Natural Gas Development Services

Natural resources studies and engineering design services for upstream and midstream Marcellus Shale gas development.
  • Coffer area - Gannett Fleming

    Coffer area during installation of water supply intake.

  • Wedgewire screen and protective rock gabion within coffer area - Gannett Fleming

    Wedgewire screen and protective rock gabion placement within coffer area.

  • Coffer area prior to completion of intake installation- Gannett Fleming

    Coffer area immediately prior to completion of intake installation.

Confidential Client

Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

Our Role
Natural Resources Studies, Permitting, Regulatory Agency Coordination, Water Intake Design- and Bid-Phase Services, Construction-Phase Services for Water Supply Development, Pre-Drill Water Sampling, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Water Quality Data Management, Wetlands Investigations, Hydraulic Modeling, Protected Species Surveys, Electrical and Mechanical Design, Archaeological Surveys, Local Municipality Coordination.

The water supply systems were sized to withdraw fresh water of approximately 1 mgd.
3 years
  • Designed water-supply intakes and raw water pumping stations
  • Designed and permitted pipelines with multi-government agency coordination
  • Construction management services for natural gas production.

Our client proposed to construct approximately 10 miles of water and natural gas lines in western Lycoming County. Gannett Fleming provided consulting services for the planning and development of water supplies for use in this north-central Pennsylvania portion of the Marcellus Shale gas field. 

Gannett Fleming supported these efforts by providing professional consulting services, including engineering design and environmental coordination and permitting services to assist in the development of natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale play. Our firm’s services focused on the management and use of freshwater sources.

What We Did

Our project scope included wetland field studies; erosion and sediment control design; LiDAR map development; meetings; permit applications; and review of Susquehanna River Basin Commission water withdrawal applications, which were submitted by the client.

We completed natural resources studies; local, state, and federal permitting requirements; regulatory agency coordination; design- and bid-phase services and construction-phase services for the water supply development in the gas field. We designed intake and raw water pumping stations to provide water supply sources from local rivers. 

Key Features

  • Source water identification, characterization, and water management plans
  • Water supply design and permitting through state and federal agencies and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • Water transport and storage planning, design, and permitting
  • Protected species and archaeological surveys
  • Erosion and sediment control design and permitting
  • Geographic information system (GIS) services
  • Pipeline alignment and corridor studies.

Sustainability Features & Outcomes

  • Submerged wedgewire intake screen used to minimize impacts in a high-quality recreational trout stream
  • Submerged intake made the water supply project invisible to recreational users
  • Sensitive natural and archaeological resources were avoided during design and construction.

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