Jurisdictional Waters Delineation and Permitting Evaluation – ODNR – New Matamoras, Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (DOGRM) requested four orphan oil wells be assessed at two separate properties along the Ohio River.

STONE delineated the approximate locations, boundaries, and areal extent of jurisdictional waters of the U.S. and isolated waters within the Areas of Review (AORs). A Preliminary Jurisdictional Waters Delineation (PJWD) was conducted in general accordance with the Routine On-Site Determination method described in the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual” published by the USACE in 1987, and the Regional Supplement to the Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual, Eastern Mountains and Piedmont Region Version 2.0, published by the USACE in 2010. Several water resources were identified within the AORs, including wetlands, streams, and swales.

STONE also completed coordination with ODNR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in order to obtain required information regarding Threatened and Endangered (T&E) species within the project area. Suitable habitats were identified for both federally endangered Indiana bat and federally threatened Northern long-eared bat in the entire forested area on both properties, as well as federally listed and state listed mussels within the Ohio River.

Based on the water resources and T&E species identified, STONE provided an analysis of likely impacts that would be encountered in order to successfully abandon each well and mobilize the required equipment, and the anticipated waterway permitting needed to complete the project.

“STONE is an instrumental part of our team on the Portsmouth By-Pass Project: the 16-mile new construction project, which is the single largest project in ODOT history. This project has come with more than its share of environmental challenges. STONE has delivered over 30 full environmental clearance reviews and reports we have requested as part of the project, handling them from start to finish in a very timely & cost effective manner. Furthermore, they’ve proven themselves as an extremely valuable resource when it comes to consulting on mitigation efforts, hazardous materials, and resolving various unknown environmental situations that the project has encountered.

 

From the top down STONE has proven they are committed to excellence and we look forward to working with them on many projects in the future.”