Collect Environmental Resource Data
Piceance Basin, Colorado, USA
Norwest’s environmental group was hired to collect hydrology, geology, and other environmental resource data in the Piceance Basin of Colorado for a project involving the submission of an application to the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety to mine oil shale.
Norwest designed a project to help demonstrate the client’s ability to use their In-Situ Conversion Process (ICP) to economically recover commercial quantities of hydrocarbons from oil shale in an environmentally sensitive manner. The process began by creating a freeze wall containment area, heating the earth inside the freeze wall, removing the oil, and then reclaiming the production area.
Norwest met aggressive timelines and supported the project through NEPA to produce a comprehensive package that was well received by the client. Norwest was able to provide interdisciplinary support ranging from identifying promising resource areas to compiling a comprehensive permit application that integrated large volumes of technical information.