Reagan Smith provides Categorical Exclusions, Biological Evaluations, Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for projects on Federal and Indian lands. Wetland Delineations are also provided for projects that may impact wetlands. We also provide Soil/Water/Noise Sampling and Testing.
Environmental Due Diligence
When purchasing properties or prior to surface disturbance it is always prudent to perform an Environmental Due Diligence, especially where there is a concern of potential environmental risks exists. Reagan Smith Energy Solutions staff understands the broad framework of potential environmental liability imposed by state and federal regulations on parties. Envrionmental Due Diligence Reports typically cover endangered species habitat assessment, migratory birds habitat assessment, Bald and Golden Eagle habitat assessment, flodplain issues, wetland issues and a variety of regulatory and permitting issues. Obtaining an Environmental Due Diligence Report can assist in troubleshooting and siting projects.
Categorical Exclusions (CE)
Categorical exclusions are "a category of actions which do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment... and for which, therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required." (40 CFR 1508.4)
Environmental Assessments (EA)
NEPA directs federal agencies to thoroughly assess the environmental consequences of "major federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment." Not all Federal actions require a full Environmental Impact Statement. If the action is not likely to cause a significant impact, the agency may require an abbreviated document called an Environmental Assessment (EA). Thus, EAs usually have a determination of "No Significant Impact" or "Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement." The principal pathways of impact taken into consideration are as follows: soil contamination impacts, air pollution impacts, noise, health effects, ecology impacts including endangered species assessment, geological hazards assessment and water pollution impacts. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure that decision makers consider environmental impacts before deciding whether to proceed with new projects.
We prepare environmental assessments for projects on federal and Indian lands. We specialize in environmental assessments for the Osage Nation in Osage County, Oklahoma.
Please contact Monica Smith Griffin at email@example.com for more information.
Water Sampling and Testing
Many seismic and oil & gas operations in densely populated areas require water sampling and testing. Usually, a baseline of the wells in the area is obtained prior to commencing operations. Many operators obtain baseline testing to protect against unsubstantiated claims of contamination or mechanical degradation. After operations are complete, all wells are retested to determine if contamination has taken place.
Wetlands provide crucial environmental and ecological functions. It has therefore become crucial to identify and delineate wetland in any given project area as a first step in analyzing impacts to these important ecosystems. Wetland delineation typically involves identifying and analyzing the vegetation, soil and hydrologic characteristics of an area and determining if those parameters indicate that the area meets the criteria for classification as a freshwater wetland. Those areas are then flagged in the field and the flagged boundaries located by survey crews and plotted on project basemaps. While wetland delineation methodologies may vary slightly from state to state, the US Corps of Engineers methodology is generally regarded as the underlying basis for the various methodologies. For more information contact Scott St. John at firstname.lastname@example.org.