Pipeline and well pad construction can cause habitat degradation through forest fragmentation, wetland loss, and the introduction of invasive and exotic species. New regulatory requirements are demanding changes to pipeline and well pad construction, restoration, and management. For example, pipeline limit-of-disturbance zones in sensitive areas throughout the Northeast have been limited to 35-feet. Failure to proactively address ecological concerns is causing safety issues, additional permitting and construction costs, and lengthy project delays. This presentation will provide examples and details of how to safely and economically retain forest, wetlands, and critical wildlife habitat via incorporation of construction practices typically used in arboriculture, ecological restoration, and landscaping. Examples will address safety concerns and economic valuation.

Primary Author / Conference Presenter:
Richard Pais
Certified Wildlife Biologist
Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc.
Cranberry Township, PA, USA