In January, Larson Design Group developed a group to specifically handle the growth in energy production within the Marcellus Shale and devote resources to meet client demands. This group has since expanded its environmental service offerings to further meet the development needs within the Marcellus, including wetlands, stream and habitat identification and restoration, permitting, and associated environmental reviews and permitting for well pad, pipeline, and access road construction.
“LDG realizes the unique environmental challenges within the development of each drilling site and related transmission network,” said Britton Burnworth, Environmental Scientist. “Our goal is to work together with oil and gas operators to avoid potential encroachments and help protect Pennsylvania’s ecological resources. With our additional environmental staff, LDG’s energy group can follow a design for a well pad or pipeline network from start to finish, as one integrated team.”
In addition to Mr. Burnworth, Larson Design Group’s environmental staff within the energy group include Brent Herman, Eric Kells, and Joshua Glace. Each staff member is experienced in site reviews for well pad and pipeline feasibility, wetland and stream delineations, habitat identification and monitoring, and working closely between onsite landowners and governmental agencies.
“To prepare for the design and construction of natural gas lines and well pads, we’ll walk several miles of state forest and private property to ensure wetlands and streams are minimally impacted and that minimal disturbance would take place during the design process,” explained Brent Herman. “We monitor any endangered species to make sure they are not harmed during a construction project.”
Larson Design Group is a member of ISNetworld, a resource that connects oil and gas clients with consultants and contractors that meet specific industry requirements.
The group has also played a role in providing solutions that support other forms of energy generated from natural gas drilling, including Compressed Natural Gas, or CNG. Currently, LDG is undertaking a feasibility study to design a CNG fueling station for River Valley Transit in the City of Williamsport. The group has supported efforts in learning the mechanical development of CNG delivery, including compressors, meter stations, and delivery networks.
Larson Design Group is a growing, multi-disciplined brand architecture, engineering, and surveying firm, providing innovative design solutions for the private and public sectors. Our staff has diverse knowledge in environmental systems, energy, surveying, site development, structures, transportation, and inspection. Headquartered in Williamsport, other offices include Selinsgrove, Bloomsburg, Lititz, and Bethel, Pennsylvania, and Corning, New York. LDG is ranked in the Top 500 Design Firms of 2011 by Engineering News Record (ENR), and in the Top 250 Firms by Architectural Record. These honors are awarded to A/E firms that demonstrate the highest levels of performance. LDG was selected for the third consecutive year into the 2011 PSMJ Circle of Excellence and was also ranked at No. 46 of Zweig White’s Top 150 Hot Firms for 2010. At LDG, each client’s vision is made real.