Noteworthy Projects

Hydrocarbon Storage Facilities

Provided regulatory support for Industry during development of new Underground Hydrocarbon Storage Wells Regulations in Kansas and Utah. Strata staff were members of an industry wide working group, which communicated and met with Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) staff on a regular basis during development of the Underground Hydrocarbon Storage Well regulations for the State of Kansas. Strata staff worked closely with industry stakeholders, and was present at many high level meetings between industry and KDHE during development of the new regulations. Following completion of the new regulations in Kansas, Strata staff were recommended by KDHE to assist in development of similar regulations in Utah. Strata staff met with member of the Utah regulatory community and prepared draft procedures for operation of hydrocarbon storage wells in that state. 


Applications for Hydrocarbon Storage and Natural Gas Operations

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Completed the Permit Application to operate a hydrocarbon storage facility, following newly promulgated regulations in the State of Kansas. This included development of new operating procedures that allowed compliance with the new regulations. Procedures and operations manuals were completed for ground subsidence, groundwater monitoring, development of a SCADA system (with data archival and real time analysis features, alarm systems, automatic shut down, emergency procedures, minimum and maximum operating pressure, flow rate, temperature), sonar testing procedures, mechanical integrity testing, gamma ray and density testing, casing inspection logging, and cement bond logging. Application scope of work also included analysis of a core taken from the salt section, including geomechanical analysis of the salt section.

Completed the Permit Application to operate a natural gas storage facility, following newly promulgated regulations in the State of Kansas. This included development of new operating procedures that allowed compliance with the new regulations. Procedures and operations manuals were completed for ground subsidence, groundwater monitoring, development of a SCADA system (with data archival and real time analysis features, alarm systems, automatic shut down, emergency procedures, minimum and maximum operating pressures, flow rate, temperature), sonar testing procedures, mechanical integrity testing, gamma ray and density testing, casing inspection logging, and cement bond logging. Application scope of work also included analysis of a core taken from t he salt section, including geomechanical analysis of the salt section.


Groundwater monitoring compliance network and operating plans for hydrocarbon storage field operations

Strata staff developed the individual groundwater monitoring plans and compliance networks at two facilities, following completion of a geologic and hydrogeologic investigation designed to determine the appropriate number and location of monitoring wells. Strata staff worked with the regulatory agencies and Company staff to develop and secure approval of the plan. Upon approval of the plans, Strata field geologists supervised the completion of over 6000 feet of drilling (88 separate monitoring wells) at the two separate facilities in the span of 30 days. Upon completion of the field work, Strata completed summary reports on all drilling activities, updated the groundwater monitoring plans accordingly, and completed all required regulatory documentations and submittals. Strata field staff currently complete quarterly monitoring of the wells, and submit summary reports to the client for submittal to the regulatory agency. 


Porosity Well Installation Oversight and Management


Cavern Growth Model Development 


Underground injection control (UIC)

Class I Wells

Strata has provided Permitting, field, and operational support for Class 1 disposal wells in Kansas, including mechanical integrity testing, fall-off testing, and static fluid level measurements. Strata has also worked with facility staff to complete required Strata to the regulatory agencies, including summary reports for field testing, monthly disposal well reports, and annual reports.

  • Class I Permitting, Natural Gas Storage Facility, Kansas (2009): Permitted two Class I non-hazardous disposal wells at a proposed Class III natural gas storage facility. 
  • Class I Well Site Evaluation, Ector County, TX: Conducted a geologic and regulatory feasibility (fatal flaw) analysis of installing a UIC Class I well. The analysis showed that conditions were favorable for the installation of a low volume, high pressure disposal well.
  • Class I Non-Hazardous Injection Well Siting Study, Refinery Company, near Santa Maria, California: Oversight of a study to evaluate the practical merits of using a Class I well for disposal of mineralized waste water. The evaluation encompassed local and regional geologic conditions capable of accepting injected waste water in a regulatory acceptable manner established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region IX. Conclusions determined by the feasibility analysis reflected that conditions were favorable for installation of a UIC Class I well.
  • Class I Non-Hazardous Injection Well, Coal Mining Operation, Southern Illinois: Management of the regulatory compliance testing of a new UIC Class I well for a coal mining operation. The testing included pressure fall-off test, mechanical integrity test, and step-rate testing. Analysis and final reports were submitted to the Illinois EPA. The results allowed startup operations of the well to proceed. 
  • Class I Permitting, Evaporation Facility, Kansas: Strata has permitted and re-permitted Class I and III wells at this active salt solution mining facility.
  • Class I Well Compliance Testing, multiple clients across Kansas (ongoing since 2004): Oversight of Class I pressure fall-off testing and Mechanical Integrity Test (MIT). 
  • Class I Well Workovers, multiple clients and locations (ongoing):  Performance of Class I well workovers including removal and replacement of well tubing and packer, including plan and report submittal to State regulatory agency.

Class III Wells

  • Class III Permitting, Evaporation Facility, Kansas: Strata has permitted and re-permitted Class I and III wells at this active salt solution mining facility.
  • Class III Compliance, Evaporation Facility, Kansas (ongoing since 2004): Completion and field oversight of regulatory compliance tasks and MIT’s for many Class III salt solution wells at an active salt solution mining facility. Tasks include the preparation of work plans and reports for well workovers, gamma, SONAR logging, and pressure testing well casings for regulatory compliance. Strata has developed 3-dimensional evaluation techniques of UIC Class III well assessment, which provide an analysis on cavern growth to more effectively determine management strategies for salt production. Plans and reports required by regulatory agency.

Air Compliance Projects

Strata staff developed the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program for a new ethanol plant and hydrocarbon fractionation facility. This included identification and classification of pumps. Valves, etc., and determination of the type of service for potential sources . Strata staff developed the sampling procedures, selected the sampling equipment, developed the data base to store and archive the sample results, and complete all required reports and other documentation associated with the system. Strata staff also provide regulatory support during air inspections and audits, and works with onsite staff at the facilities to rectify any deficiencies noted and maintain the system.

Strata staff developed the Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Plans at various facilities, following the recently promulgated Greenhouse gas regulations. Facilities have included ethanol plants, hydrocarbon storage facilities, nitrogen plants, a salt production facility, and numerous other facilities such as terminal and compressor plants. Strata works with facility staff to update the plan as needed, and prepares required reports and other documentation for submittal to the regulatory agencies. 


Compliance Management and Support

 
 

Strata has a long and productive history of compliance managements, ranging from providing environmental compliance managers with general support to providing compliance management staff to fill the chair. Strata has a number of staff that have been employed as environmental compliance managers in private industry, and as such are uniquely qualified to act in that role. Strata has provided compliance management personnel to serve in the hydrocarbon storage industry, at nitrogen plants, ethanol plants, and salt production facilities. In that role, Strata is responsible for managing all elements of environmental compliance, creating the compliance management system to executing all elements of that system. This includes completion of all required reports, routine and non-routine, interaction with regulatory staff, corporate staff, onsite staff, and management.


RCRA Project Support

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Strata staff has provided services for a number of RCRA sites in Kansas, three of which are briefly presented below.

Dodge City Nitrogen Plant

Strata has worked with the client, KDHE and EPA Region 7 to provide investigative and remedial services on this project for a number of years. Contaminants of concern include chromium and nitrogen. Following initial investigation remedial options have been implemented at the site

Calista Compressor Station

Strata has been providing services since 2003, when the original Part B Permit Application was re-worked and updated. Strata staff worked with the client, KDHE and EPA Region 7 staff to complete the Part B Permit, with PCCOP and SAP revisions.


Furley Closed Waste Site

Strata worked wit the client to update the existing Part B Permit for this facility at the time of Permit renewal. As part of this effort, all elements of the Permit were subject to review. The new Permit included plans for future remedial work , a revised compliance monitoring network, new compliance requirements, and revised ACL’s. Upon approval of the Permit. Strata worked with the client, KDHE, and EPA to implement the elements of the new Permit. 


General Environmental Projects

Strata has completed numerous Phase I and Phase II environmental assessments, provided investigative and remedial services for the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) in Kansas, including petroleum investigations, chlorinated solvents, and chloride contamination. Staff have provided emergency spill response and reporting services, NPDES Permitting and compliance, development and completion of SPCC and FRP plans, SP3 and general construction permits. Some examples of these are:

City of Wilson

Chlorinated hydrocarbon and petroleum contamination. Strata has completed the phase 1 and phase 2 investigations, and in currently engaged in the Phase III assessment of remedial options.

Doonan Truck Facility

Strata has completed the investigation and remedial phases of this investigation. The site is in long-term monitoring at present, with no plans for further remedial activity.

Halstead COOP

Strata has completed the investigation and remedial phases of this investigation. The site is in long-term monitoring at present, with no plans for further remedial activity. 


Federal Contracts

  • FWS, Division of Contracting and GE- Minor Construction $117,000.00
  • FWS, Division of Contracting and GE- Minor Construction $30,000.00
  • Constructed Wetland Feasibility Study for Lake Superior Chippewa Vilas County, Wisconsin $21,000.00