Spencer Varnado is a Senior Scientist based in Louisiana with more than 16 years of experience in environmental permitting and planning, ecological surveys, ecological restoration, and project management.
Throughout his career, Spencer has focused on helping clients with regulatory compliance and coordination with federal, state, and local agencies. He has assisted clients with linear projects such as oil and gas pipelines and electric transmission and is intimately familiar with the lifecycle of projects from the planning phase through construction, as well as restoration and monitoring.
From small operations and management projects to 300-mile pipelines from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, Spencer has a broad range of experience. He has led permitting processes with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under Sections 401, 404, and 408 of the Clean Water Act; Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES); and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Spencer has also managed projects regulated under the endangered species act, and he has worked with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and multiple state wildlife agencies. He routinely assists clients with planning and siting of new projects, environmental compliance, environmental due diligence, and agency negotiations.
In addition, Spencer has developed strong relationships with federal and state agency representatives which has facilitated the successful implementation of project permitting and agency coordination initiatives. He has been involved with the Southern Gas Association, participating on multiple editions of the Environmental Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting and Construction, and has presented at the Louisiana Wetlands and Compliance Seminar.