- Bakken Crude Oil Pipeline
The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project is a new 30-inch-diameter pipeline that spans four states crossing approximately 1,100 miles. The purpose of the DAPL is to transport crude oil produced from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to existing pipeline infrastructure in southeast Illinois.
Our team was initially contracted to provide environmental and cultural resources services including field investigations, technical report preparation and regulatory permitting as necessary to initiate construction. Burns & McDonnell is also providing environmental managers, designated on a statewide basis for the Illinois and Iowa portions of the project.
Our environmental managers are a full-time field resource tasked with overseeing and coordinating, as necessary, to achieve environmental compliance with regulatory requirements and permit conditions during construction. These two leads report to the respective DAPL project managers and are the direct line to the DAPL environmental director. The environmental managers are responsible for coordinating and driving consistency with the environmental inspectors (EIs) and the EI subcontractors across the respective states. They review daily inspection reports and help the chief EIs with unresolved problems, assist with evaluation alternatives for environmental compliance, and coordinate as necessary to review any variances. Additionally, the environmental managers are the first line of defense for DAPL in resolivng minor issues or concerns in the field and facilitating the resolution of potential issues that may need to be reported.
Unique challenges during construction include five construction spreads in two states, multiple site-specific permit conditions related to extra measures necessary to avoid potential impacts to threatened or endangered species or cultural resources, and numerous landowner-specific requirements (such as topsoil segregation requirements, drainage tiles, reduced workspaces, etc.), that have required close coordination with land survey, right-of-way, engineering and construction contractors to ensure that all obligations are met during construction.
- Environmental inspection oversight