WWC’s vast experience in surveying, regulatory, environmental and civil engineering services strategically places WWC in a position to be a valuable asset to utility companies in the power, gas, fiber and rail industries.
Knowledge of local mining regulations allows WWC to work efficiently with mining operators to efficiently provide permitting, monitoring and compliance services to the trona, bentonite and aggregate industries.
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Southland Royalty Company purchased an oil and gas asset in Southern Wyoming and required well plats and permits and drilling pads designed on a tight timeline in order to stay ahead of their drilling schedule. WWC surveyors and engineers from multiple offices coordinated and worked together to meet the Southland's needs according to their timeline. WWC tracked the project closely and collaborated with the Southland team daily to provide project tracking information, and to mobilize crews as the scope changed often as dictated by the client’s drill-schedule and priority. To maximize efficiency, WWC used a drone to collect topographic data for the well pad and road designs. The use of the drone allowed the collection of larger data sets than that of conventional land-surveying methods. This increased design flexibility, as plans often had to be changed on the fly due to environmental constraints. The use of the drone provided significantly larger design windows, thus allowing Southland to request design changes and pad relocation without additional surveying efforts. Use of the drone to collect topo data allowed for quick modifications to pad and road designs. locations without additional surveying fieldwork because the drone allowed the collection of blanket topographic surveys, saving time and money.
In order to move forward with development of its private coal resource in Sheridan County Wyoming, RAMACO required a land use change from Sheridan County for property it owned. WWC met with RAMACO and RAMACO’s legal counsel to discuss the regulatory process, public outreach, and legal challenges surrounding this change. WWC and RAMACO’S legal counsel partnered to prepare the necessary regulatory text, tables, and exhibits, each relying on their individual strengths to prepare the document. This team also shared in the public outreach responsibilities that included contacting stakeholders in their respective professions. The result was a successful land use change for RAMACO approved by the Sheridan County Commission. This was a pivot point for the client and meant the continuation of their coal development.
Strata Energy approached WWC regarding greenfield permitting of an in-situ uranium project through multiple state and federal processes. Strata required turn-key permitting services from the initial baseline data collection through execution of construction and uranium recovery operations. WWC evaluated state and federal guidelines for licensing an in-situ uranium project, developed a schedule to establish baseline, mining and reclamation plans, along with a host of other plans necessary for the multitude of permits required to conduct in-situ uranium mining. The schedule met Strata’s expectations upon which WWC executed the plans through eventual submittal of five significant permit applications (WDEQ-LQD Permit to Mine, WDEQ-AQD New Source Permit, WDEQ-WQD Class I UIC Permit and US NRC Source and Byproduct Materials License, US DOI-BLM Plan of Operations). The recovery operation has been operating since December 2015 and WWC had remained continually involved in both regulatory compliance and engineering capacities.
In 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Montana ruled that National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) violations had occurred associated with the U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary, Land and Minerals Management 2012 approval of Spring Creek Mine’s federal mining plan modification. As part of the NEPA process for the federal mining plan modification approval, an environmental assessment (EA) was prepared to evaluate the direct and indirect environmental effects of the SCM federal mining plan modification request. The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) had prepared this EA in conjunction with the SCM. The Court required correction of the NEPA violations by preparing an updated EA that reevaluated the direct and indirect environmental effects of the SCM federal mining plan amendment and ordered OSMRE to complete the updated EA within 240 days of the Court’s decision. The coal included in the federal mining plan revision was being mined and was vital to the SCM and the 240-day completion period, which was a relatively short time for the completion of the reevaluation. WWC, SCM, and OSMRE personnel partnered to prepare the document, including text, tables, and maps. The team determined that building on the 2012 EA would be the best approach, in that the required information could be integrated into the revised EA without compromising the schedule. The result was a success, the EA was completed, and the court order was vacated. SCM could continue mining according to the reapproved federal mining plan.
For Yellowstone County and MetraPark, the problem was that infrastructure on the 165+ acre property had never been extensively mapped or assessed over its 90+ year history. As the infrastructure, including surfacing and utilities, is of varying ages and owners, the Client wished to determine an improvement plan and priority ranking for future projects. WWC realized that a stepwise approach to data collection was necessary to incorporate evidence of infrastructure identified in the field survey as well as empirical knowledge of infrastructure operations from Yellowstone County and MetraPark staff. Following data collection, WWC developed an objective approach to determining the current condition of infrastructure, to provide an unbiased assessment. WWC chose this approach to ensure that the maximum amount of information on existing infrastructure was collected during mapping activities and that the condition assessment was conducted to eliminate subjectivity that would decrease repeatability at a future time.
WWC Engineering provided hydrologic monitoring services to Strata Energy including monitoring well siting, installation and monitoring (quarterly). WWC developed monitoring plans for private wells within and up to 3 miles from the Project.
WWC evaluated the existing water rights for approximately 900 acres of Apache Foundation and Ucross Land Company properties and corrected any discrepancies found between the record data and the actual use of water. The results of the evaluation revealed the need for various petitions to change the point of diversion, means of conveyance, place of use and type of use of numerous water rights. Three petitions to the Wyoming Board of Control and two petitions to the Wyoming State Engineer’s Office (WSEO) were prepared to bring the systems into compliance. WWC prepared and administered petitions of consent on behalf of 19 affected landowners, and all 5 petitions were approved in just over 1 year.
Dick Anderson Construction was the general contractor selected by the Owner to provide construction services for the Stillwater Wind Project; an 80 MW producing facility requiring 12 miles of road construction, 1,240 tons of rebar, consisting of 31 turbines. To comply with the Owner’s, manufacturers, and regulatory agency requirements, Dick Anderson Construction selected WWC Engineering to assist in the preparation of design drawings and analysis of project components, including potential floodplain impacts, SPCC, and turbine component mobilization to the Site.