Stormwater | Reclamation
Oil and Gas operations can be found throughout the United States. Given the general regional conditions and erodible soils found in most states, managing stormwater runoff and sediment transport from construction sites can be challenging . . .
At HRL Compliance Solutions, Inc., it is our goal and objective to assist the oil and gas related industries with their stormwater and reclamation compliance. As the nation turns to oil and gas in order to promote economic stability, as well as to supply the United States with energy, pressure is being applied to oil and gas related industries to produce more oil and gas, move these petroleum products to the marketplace, while maintaining strict compliance with environmental regulations. The oil and gas industry has proudly accepted this challenge and is moving quickly to explore, produce and transfer petroleum products to an energy hungry world. But with growth and development come challenges regarding environmental compliance and standard operations. As companies move forward in the development of their operations HRL is there to provide professional and quality environmental services to meet environmental compliance needs. By guiding companies through permitting and management requirements, HRL can reduce environmental liability, as well as to remove complex and often unknown barriers for successful project management and completion.
HRL’s stormwater and reclamation services routinely exceed requirements set forth by county municipalities, state and federal regulations, and the high standards of the oil and gas industry. We understand the intricacies related to the production, collection, and transfer of oil and gas products, and we also have a solid comprehension of the laws and the permitting process regarding the NPDES stormwater program that will help reduce operator liability.
“The stormwater program has been, and I feel, will continue to be one of the fastest growing programs in the company. Our program and its staff, provide more than just stormwater inspections. Our staff has been trained to provide a complete environmental inspection while on location, including SPCC, spill identification, and noxious weed identification. We feel this provides our clients more service with one contractor/inspector instead of requiring 1 to 3 different sub-contractors to provide the same services.”
Herman Lucero, President & Founder, HRL Compliance Solutions, Inc.
HRL has managed over 800 miles of pipeline installation, and has conducted 100’s of pre-construction and on-site operations to determine stormwater compliance.
HRL provides an array of storm water management services to help clients stay in compliance with current state and federal stormwater laws and regulations. We provide the following services concerning stormwater management:
- Management of MS4s
- Management of Construction Activities
- Special Provisions for Oil and Gas Construction Activities
- Management of Industrial Activities
- Best Management Practices: (Details About BMPs)
- Site Investigations
- Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP)/Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
HRL provides an array of stormwater management services to keep our clients in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Each State must comply with the Federal NPDES guidelines, laws and regulations. Therefore, all states are similar in their permitting processes. HRL is familiar with and able to complete any and all permitting as it relates to NPDES. As HRL is headquartered in Colorado, we have provided the following permit overview for Colorado, which is similar to all other states, with few exceptions.
Stormwater Permitting and Colorado – An Overview
HRL provides an array of stormwater permitting services to keep our clients in compliance with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Colorado Discharge Permit System (CDPS) General Permit No. COR-03000. When complying with this permit, our clients have authorization to discharge pollutant-free stormwater associated with construction activities into Waters of the State.
HRL provides all services associated with the requirements set forth in this General Permit. From project onset we draft the CDPHE Stormwater Construction Permit Application, which is required for State submittal prior to construction start. We also draft for the client, the required Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). Our SWMPs are detailed with site specific conditions per each project. The SWMPs that we generate include a project map showing the location and description of each necessary stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP). Upon approval of the CDPHE Permit Application, we provide oversight of temporary BMP installation during construction. As required by the conditions of the Permit, HRL provides inspections of temporary BMPs on a 14-day and post significant precipitation event rotation.
Upon completion of project construction, HCSI provides the client with reclamation recommendations and oversight. This includes types and locations of permanent stormwater BMPs, along with necessary seed mixes and application methods, or any other applicable site stabilization methods. During reclamation HCSI provides the required 30-day and post significant precipitation event stormwater inspections until project closure.
HRL has completed hundreds of stormwater compliance investigations for well pads, compressor facilities, transfer stations, storage yards, pipeline right-of-ways, laydown yards, and other oil and gas operational facilities.
Stormwater discharges are generated by runoff from land and impervious areas such as well pads, pipeline right-of-ways, laydown yards, transfer stations, compressor station facilities, and numerous other oil and gas operational facilities. During rainfall and snow events pollutants in quantities that could adversely affect water quality can migrate off of these sites. Performing scheduled stormwater inspections, as well as stormwater inspections after a significant precipitation event, can help mitigate possible off-site impacts before more serious problems develop. Most stormwater discharges are considered point sources and require coverage by a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
HRL investigates and performs stormwater inspections for a multitude of sites, and we can also provide permitting, reporting and mapping of the stormwater compliance concerns, helping to reduce stromwater environmental liability associated with oil and gas facilities.
HRL has assisted with environmental oversight of approximately 800 miles of Pipeline Right-of-Way reclamation in ecosystems ranging from semi-arid desert to subalpine conifer forest, as well as the reclamation of drilling, completion, production and storage locations related to oil and gas development . . .
Reclamation is the final integral phase of a construction project. Reclamation success determines closure of the project and is the key for bond releases and the discontinuation of stormwater inspections. HRL participates in reclamation from the drafting of the reclamation plan to the oversight of reclamation activities in the field. HRL’s professional staff incorporates a scientific approach to reclamation by designing appropriate soil amendments, seed mixes, and surface stabilization to suit the local ecosystem while maintaining a beneficial relationship with land owners and managers. HRL will also conduct noxious weed investigations to assure strict compliance with state and federal guidelines.
The reclamation of disturbed land is a critical component when attempting to return a system back to a stable and mutually beneficial state. This is defined as restoring ecological functions and values to their proper state once ground disturbance activities have ceased. Rehabilitation of the disturbed area facilitates the inherent ecological processes to move towards a self-promoting condition. Once a self-promoting environment has been established, the natural processes of the ecosystem can take over and continue the rehabilitation processes with minimal intervention from outside parties. The costs associated with the rehabilitation process will be minimized to the client if proactive treatments are prescribed initially to ensure the best environment possible for success.