Inadvertent Return Plan for Utility Installation Directional Drilling – West Jefferson, Madison County, Ohio

STONE completed an Inadvertent Return Plan (aka “Frac-Out Plan”) for proposed Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) activities with a traverse path under Little Darby Creek, a State of Ohio Scenic River. Ohio EPA required the Inadvertent Return Plan to focus on preventing unintentional return of drilling fluids into ecological resources, and ensuring all construction activities will not directly or indirectly impact resources. A site visit by STONE reviewed a large wetland area and several other smaller waterways within the project area. STONE reviewed sanitary force main and public water improvement construction plans, created site plans with established dewatering areas, drill pits, and staging. Best management practices were also developed, including defining monitoring, communication, control measures, and notification procedures. The Plan was approved by Ohio EPA, finalizing the permitting process and allowing the project to move forward with construction.

“STONE Environmental was a pleasure to work with. From the planning process to our onsite visit. They knew exactly what we wanted and were able to deliver in a timely fashion.  The on-site field engineer was very resourceful and her attention to the small details was phenomenal. I will be sure to use STONE on all my future environmental surveying projects.”