AGES provides a full range of construction and post-construction environmental inspections for corridor projects (natural gas, oil and product pipelines, electrical transmission lines and water/sewage projects). This includes full-time environmental inspection and documentation, third-party monitoring, audits of company inspection, and documentation procedures to help improve our client's compliance with environmental regulations. AGES Energy provides experienced, knowledgeable, technical consultants at competitive rates. Specific services include:
1.) Electronic Tracking and Reporting
2.) Environmental Health and Safety Due Diligence and Compliance Auditing
3.) Environmental Health and Safety Training
4.) Environmental Monitoring
5.) Field Monitoring/Inspection Services, Including FERC Inspection
6.) Post-Construction Monitoring and Mitigation Planning
7.) Third-Party Inspection
Each AGES Environmental Inspector has FERC, SGA or AGES Environmental Inspection Training. We apply our knowledge of construction and review project documentation to resolve potential environmental compliance issues. Our Environmental Inspectors also understand the requirements for the cleanup/restoration phase of the project and are familiar with required documentation and reports. We structure our teams by grouping inspectors based on their management style, experience, knowledge and size of project and our intelligent approach to communication is a key reason why our clients keep using AGES.
Health and Safety Evaluations
AGES is committed to providing a safe work environment through health and safety evaluations. The foundation of this commitment is based on an integral part of our culture: our behavior-based safety programs. Accordingly, our staff is trained to follow specific health and safety procedures to help them assess potential risks and avoid recognized hazards through effective risk management. Ultimately, the protection and well-being of our employees, clients, contractors and the general public is the primary concern. Our behavior-based safety program includes the following components: 1.) active leadership involvement with management; 2.) audits and positive observations to support safe behavior; 3.) company culture that is open and supportive of safety concerns and communications; and, 4.) measurement (and accountability) of safety activities and performance to confirm participation and commitment to the H&S Program.
Tank Inspections and Tank Permitting
Periodically, all storage tanks should be inspected by an competent person to ensure that the integrity of the vessel is sound and won’t cause a product release. There is a myriad of federal and state regulations that require tank inspections and tank permitting on a routine basis. Whether it is underground or aboveground, tank integrity is important to any facility’s environmental compliance. AGES has experience inspecting all types of atmospheric tanks, using the protocols of the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Steel Tank Institute (STI). Our tank inspections include visual and non-destructive testing to evaluate the integrity of storage tanks. Our tank inspection services include STI SP001 Inspections to comply with Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans, as well as with various state-mandated requirements; API-653 Inspections to comply with SPCC and state-mandated requirements; UST Tightness Testing; and, Bulk container inspection program (required under SPCC)
Plugging and abandoning (P&A) oil and gas wells require a number of permits and plans under various federal and state regulations. AGES is experienced in navigating the maze of regulations and can assist clients to efficiently comply with the requirements. Although little change has occurred in the P&A process since the 1970s, volume and emphasis on environmental regulations continue to evolve and change. AGES has an experienced staff that can assist well owners and/or plugging contractors with well permitting that includes Notice of Intent to Plug / Plugging Permits, Erosion and Sedimentation Plans, Highway Occupancy Permits (required to access well sites), and Plugging Certificates / Affidavits.
NPDES Permitting & Sampling
As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. After determining impacts to groundwater and installing a treatment system, AGES handles all aspects of NPDES permitting and sampling for your facility. We will work with the state government to allow for the discharge of treated groundwater by completing the NPDES permit application, obtaining all approval signatures and submitting all required testing data to the state. After securing the permit, our staff will conduct outfall sampling for the required parameters, as well as complete and submit all results and monitoring reports (DMRs) to the state in a timely manner. AGES will continue until impacts are reduced below the applicable action levels and the permit is terminated.