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Many companies don’t have a formalized approach to addressing environmental risk. Do you? Are you among the many businesses that react to the most pressing concerns of the day instead of proactively managing environment issues? If so, you might find yourself paying financial penalties and high costs to remedy problems while jeopardizing your company’s image and reputation.

Although hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) often occurs thousands of feet below the deepest aquifers, many claim that it impacts the quality of the local water supply. The EPA, in its draft study, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources, stated that “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systematic impacts to drinking water resources.”

An often overlooked area of environmental concern is odor. Odors, and living with odors, are typically associated with paper mills, landfills, some manufacturing and confined animal feeding operations (CAFO). Although not commonly thought of, odors can be a real concern for people living in an odor's footprint.

Environmental Forensics is the use of scientific data analysis to answer questions about causation. When the cause of a release is unknown, common questions our clients ask are:

  1. When did the release occur?
  2. How many releases occurred?
  3. Did anyone else contribute?
  4. How much of the cost should the other party have to pay?

As environmental professionals, we often focus on legal and regulatory environmental requirements. However, many organizations have an environmental management system (EMS) based on voluntary international standards to help manage environmental performance beyond legal requirements. More often than not, the EMS runs in parallel or is integrated with other management systems such as a quality or occupational health & safety management system.

With new and ever changing regulations from agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), managing the natural and cultural resources aspect of midstream pipeline projects has become a complex and often confusing process to follow for many Oil and Gas companies. Apex was recently challenged to develop a turnkey system for managing a significant portion of the overall natural and cultural resources program for a large midstream firm.

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