Environmental Permitting for Linear Submerged Cable Replacement and Engineering Design and Oversight
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Geosyntec was retained by an oil corporation to permit the replacement of the electrical system powering a corporate retreat located on an island retreat in Lake Ontario, New York. The replacement of the electrical system included submerged electric transmission cable originating from the mainland to the island and submerged cables within the island. The project included the addition of fiber optic cables that would share the same easement as the power cables in an archeological and environmentally sensitive area.

Geosyntec served as the federal and state regulatory agency liaison to successfully permit the cable replacement and upgrade. Geosyntec also conducted a geotechnical investigation to support horizontal directional drilling, provided project management and engineering services and will provide environmental and archaeological monitoring during construction in the future.

Geosyntec's Scope of Services

Geosyntec services included managing the environmental aspects throughout the life cycle of this capital project, including site selection and alternative analysis; schedule and budgeting; impact assessments; federal, state, and local permitting, environmental plan preparation; and auditing, reporting, and agency negotiations during construction, operations, and maintenance activities. We helped the client through the permitting process by strategizing with the project design team, corporate real estate group, local management and contractors and permitting agencies to effectively manage environmental compliance costs to avoid unexpected delays, with the objective to obtain all necessary permits to start construction within the limited season. We have been recognized for negotiating complex permitting agreements, including the development of permitting strategies, alternatives, comprehensive permit application packages, and mitigation approaches.

Our approach, used successfully on many similar projects, involves collaborative workshops with our client’s team. Our scope includes: the review of available data; the assessment of data gaps and surveying needs; the development of a non-cost criteria comparison of the possible alternatives; identifying alternatives analyses for permitting and compliance with permit requirements during and after construction.

Geosyntec also provided bid support for certain project aspects, such as geotechnical services and archaeological monitoring.

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Project Summary

  • Location: Lake Ontario, New York
  • Client: Confidential Client
  • Project Practice Areas: Environmental Management
  • Type of Facility: Submerged Electrical Cable
  • Services Provided: Environmental Assessment and Planning; Right-of-Way Agreements and Surveying; Agency Coordination; Permitting and Compliance; Design and Routing; Construction; Environmental Compliance and Management
  • Type of Work: Environmental Management System
  • Governing Regulation: Federal and State