Nicholas Basile

Nicholas Basile


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Nick’s primary role within ESI is building and maintaining client relationships though project oversight and problem solving. With 8 years of experience, he assists clients with diverse environmental permitting and planning needs. Nick’s recent focus includes managing natural resources projects for natural gas clients in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. He is adept at navigating complicated natural resource regulations associated with well pad and impoundment siting, and pipeline routing in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and New York.

Nick’s education includes a BS in biology from Penn State, where he focused on field ecology, and worked on fish sampling and reintroduction projects throughout Pennsylvania. He continued his education at California State University - Fresno, where his graduate work focused on Eastern Brook Trout and macroinvertebrates in the Sierra Nevada Range. His experience includes wetland design, mitigation, and monitoring; environmental impact assessment and review (NEPA, SEQRA & CEQA); town planning; GIS analysis; stormwater; air quality assessment; and environmental compliance for brownfields and hazardous waste.

For the past 2 years, Nick managed all aquatic resource identification and permitting, as well as compliance documentation for rare species for a major natural gas program in northern Pennsylvania. The program consisted of construction of 20+ well pads, several impoundments, and 50 miles of gas and/or freshwater pipeline.

Another natural gas client regularly has Nick audit aquatic resource reports completed by other consultants, and train its staff on wetland/stream permitting and rare species compliance in states containing Marcellus and Utica Shale gas. Nick’s knowledge of New York’s hydraulic fracturing regulations enabled him to efficiently manage aquatic resource delineation and permitting, cultural resource studies, rare plant surveys, and invasive species management planning for well pad projects for some of the first-high volume hydraulic fracturing projects permitted in that state. Although state regulations currently prohibit development, early planning will allow the projects to be built when the moratorium is lifted.

In addition to upstream and midstream projects, Nick is experienced with large transmission pipeline projects. He recently assessed aquatic resource and rare species compliance needs for a 200-mile natural gas liquids line extending through Ohio, from West Virginia to Michigan. After meeting with the client and resource agencies, Nick designed a work plan to meet an extremely tight schedule and ensure completion of all natural resource permitting.

Hydraulic fracturing requires water, and Nick assists many companies to find water, and permit its use and transportation. Nick worked to obtain New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Permits, and State underwater land easements for water withdrawal on the Chemung River. The project involves water withdrawal in New York for use in Pennsylvania. Nick also oversees routing, permitting, and monitoring of temporary waterlines.

Nick performs many types of ecological evaluations. These include rare plant surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, and California; wetland and stream delineations and permitting in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and California; herpetological surveys in New York, New Mexico, and California; and small mammal trapping in New York and California. He works with many small mammals, fairy shrimp, spadefoot toads, hellbenders, tiger salamanders, leopard lizards, kit foxes, stream fishes and macroinvertebrates, and many plants.

Nick maintains strong relationships with State and Federal regulators, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (New York, Buffalo, Huntington, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh districts); Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

As a shale gas advocate, Nick participated in an advertising campaign in New York outlining benefits of hydraulic fracturing. The campaign, sponsored by a coalition of landowners, farming, business, industry and construction trade groups, involved written advertisements and a 1-minute radio spot where Nick discussed the benefits shale gas development has had on his life.

Nick lives in upstate New York with his wife Jackie, and children Isabella and Nicholas Jr. When not working, he is often outdoors, where he and his family enjoy skiing, hiking, camping, or spending time on lakes in the Adirondacks.

If you have questions about natural resources issues for your project, contact Nick at (518) 727-5314 or via email.

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