Marcellus Shale

The withdrawal of water associated with Marcellus Shale development and hydro-fracturing requires agency permits and approvals. ALWI’s knowledge of these various permitting requirements (particularly as it relates to water supply and discharge) is extensive. Our professional services are custom-tailored to achieve permit issuance quickly and cost-effectively.

ALWI clients have found our keen regulatory understanding of environmental permitting to be particularly beneficial. Repeatedly, we have earned a reputation for maximizing the quantity and flexibility of water allocations through the insightful application of our thorough understanding of the regulatory review and approval processes. It is for these reasons that our submittals meet or exceed both client and agency expectations with the necessary supporting work expertly completed with timeliness and cost-effectiveness.

Throughout the Appalachian Basin, ALWI’s permit application support services routinely are performed in the face of regulatory scrutiny, adversarial business interests and public sensitivity. We also are accustomed to the rigors of technical and legal documentation and defensibility; this awareness and expertise is an asset in managing the delicate issues that sometimes may arise.

ALWI is knowledgeable of local hydrogeologic settings throughout the Marcellus Shale gas play. We use water budget and hydrologic mass balance evaluations as tools for assessing hydrogeologic impacts arising from natural gas extraction projects. We take tremendous pride in the accuracy and conservatism of our technical evaluations. The candor of our initial recommendations can spare clients the unnecessary expense of a field program; if an ALWI project advances to permitting it is only because we have successfully evaluated the available data with accuracy, conservatism and technical defensibility.

ALWI possesses considerable skill and experience in successful hydrogeologic evaluations in the karst and fractured bedrock settings surrounding the overlying the Marcellus Shale gas play. We regularly design and develop wellfields, evaluate safe yields, map recharge areas and otherwise characterize the hydrogeologic framework of springs and wells within karst hydrogeologic settings.

We successfully have evaluated and developed several community groundwater supplies throughout the central Appalachians, in areas underlain by the Marcellus Shale. We also specialize in designing and executing successful well rehabilitation programs, wherein surface water influence, turbidity and bacterial contamination issues have been addressed through carefully-managed testing and reconstruction work.

Services ALWI can provide to meet the needs of the natural gas industry include:

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