Natural Gas & Liquid Products

Natural Gas & Liquid Products

During ESI’s first decade in business, most of our pipeline projects were long, interstate transmission lines.  While these projects still comprise a large part of what we do, as a result of shale gas developments, we now work on a growing number of smaller projects.  As our Clients have undertaken more E&P and midstream projects, our services have evolved to meet the needs, timelines, and emphasis of the changing industry. 

Whether the project is a FERC regulated natural gas transmission line, an LNG line, a midstream line, exploration, drilling and gathering lines, or a liquid products line, most pipeline projects have a core set of common environmental compliance needs.  Still, specific requirements vary among project types, based on the federal lead agency (or lack thereof), and state public utility requirements. 

ESI’s staff has assisted pipeline industries with environmental compliance needs for over 30 years, including field surveys, reporting and permitting.  We are widely known for our massive field mobilizations on large, multistate, transmission lines.  Our compliance experience spans project initiation through post-construction wrap up:  agency coordination and negotiations, comprehensive terrestrial, aquatic, and wetland field surveys, document preparation and permitting, mitigation, and monitoring.

We understand natural resources requirements for lead federal agencies, like a FERC 7(c) filing, and differences in requirements within federal programs like ESA Section 7 versus Section 10.  We understand federal requirements under ESA, CWA, NEPA, MBTA, and BGEPA, and similar requirements for state utility commissions, and we have experienced recent changes in when and how these regulations apply.   

Pipeline projects move fast.  We know that first hand and we consider it the norm, not an imposition. 

To meet demanding and exacting industry standards, and to save our Clients time and money, we provide excellence by:

  • • Using highly qualified personnel, reducing rework.  This is not an easy standard to meet in a growing industry, where labor demand is high
  •   and the supply of experienced individuals is low.
  • • Reducing the number of mobilizations – demobilizations by lengthening field work bouts – we understand that building a pipeline is a full time
  •   job, not 9 to 5, 5 days a week.
  • • Pairing RTE species specialists with wetlands experts to complete habitat screenings concurrent with wetland surveys, and sometimes plant
  •   surveys, without sacrificing quality.
  • • Working knowledgeably and negotiating effectively with resource agencies on behalf of the Client.
  • • Employing innovative solutions and proprietary technologies for quick and accurate processing of field data.


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