Erosion & Sediment Control

Stabilizing the soil and controlling sediment is an important aspect of protecting the environment adjacent to natural gas well pad sites, pipelines, roadways, construction sites and other disturbed areas for surface water and groundwater contamination.  Technology advancements in this area have resulted in cost-effective and highly reliable solutions utilizing a variety of native seed mixtures, bonded fiber matrix mulches, mulch filled filter socks, and erosion blankets.  Traditional methods involving straw, paper, and other materials are becoming less common, but still used in some situations.

With years of experience, Evergreen Environmental is able to advise our customers and recommend optimal solutions in situations where site specifications have not yet been developed.  Through our extensive network of relationships with suppliers, we are able to meet even the most stringent specifications and requirements, including natural gas pad site and pipeline restoration regulations.

Natural gas drilling sites in the Marcellus Shale are required to implement erosion and sediment control plans under state law (Pa Code Chapter 102).  Erosion and sediment plans require gas companies to use preventative measures (referred to as Best Management Practices or BMPs) to restore the site and vegetation within nine months of well completion by planting grass, trees or crop plots.

For all Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling, the operator must use the proper BMPs to control erosion, sedimentation, and storm water, and develop an erosion and sediment control plan. The BMPs must minimize point source discharges to surface waters, preserve the integrity of stream channels, and protect the quality of the receiving waterway.

Evergreen Environmental is positioned to meet all regulations for natural gas drilling pad sites.