Three years ago, Jason Hanna, a Senior Project Geologist based in Pennsylvania, could not stop talking about the Marcellus Shale. Fortunately Langan listened. As a lifetime resident of Pennsylvania and nine-year veteran of the firm, Hanna recognized the Marcellus Shale industry’s needs for Langan’s integrated services. After all, drilling and well-pad development in challenging terrain require geotechnical and site/civil engineering, as well as natural resource and survey services. Transportation planning helps connect access roads and pipelines to well pads and ancillary facilities. Expert environmental services are needed for monitoring and protecting groundwater, surface water, and air quality. And very little in Pennsylvania can take place without a permit, which is where Langan’s experience and reputation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection prove invaluable.
Hanna teamed with Mark Seel, a Senior Associate and geotechnical engineer experienced in the midstream gas market; and Langan swiftly staffed an office in the Pittsburgh area. As a result of this team’s foresight, determination, and knowledge of the vast natural gas deposits that span from West Virginia to New York State, our firm now has strong involvement with the Marcellus Natural Gas industry. Langan clients include leading industry producers and midstream companies.
Beyond well-pad support, Langan projects include design and permitting services for compressor stations and pipeline facilities, and environmental investigations. The recent surplus of natural gas in the United States has led to low gas prices, which places an emphasis on the development of natural gas liquids (NGLs) in the region. Langan is now supporting projects that involve cutting-edge facilities such as cryogenic gas processing and fractionation plants where NGLs are separated, fractionated, transported, stored, and marketed into high-value markets in the northeastern United States and abroad.
“The potential for natural gas and its applications are incredible, both environmentally and economically, and we are thrilled to be part of an industry that is already improving conditions in the region, not to mention the country, which remains greatly dependent on foreign oil,” said Hanna, who often goes out of his way to educate the public about the industry. “I have been an environmental engineer for 17 years, and I have never seen more stringent regulation of an industry. In our region, this industry is under a microscope and the regulatory framework being laid down is precedent-setting for shale gas plays all over the world. Pennsylvania is where we work and live, and we all want to do our part to help get this right. That’s the professional attitude Langan brings to this business.”
And indeed, business is booming because of the influx of energy companies and people to the area, which has accounted for more than the development of well pads and pipelines. Office complexes, industrial yards, hotels, retail, and residential developments are cropping up throughout many small towns, not to mention Pittsburgh itself. Langan, with its proven track record of complex industrial projects, has also been actively promoting Brownfield redevelopment and the reuse of many abandoned and underutilized sites by the industry. So with the “Steel City” and the towns that surround it experiencing resurgence, Langan is well positioned to play a key role in the energy revolution and renaissance of the region.