Crescent Point Energy (CPE), an oil and gas producer based in the western U.S. and Canada, sought to develop oil and gas resources on tribal lands in the Uinta Basin of Utah. CPE contracted Kleinfelder to perform biological surveys on endangered species within the project area.
Potential habitat for two species of cacti—the Uinta Basin hookless cactus and the Pariette cactus, both listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act—occurs throughout much of the Uinta Basin, including CPE’s project area. Under the authority of the Endangered Species Act, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service requires pre-construction surveys for these species to ensure that cacti are not destroyed or damaged during surface disturbing activities, and that impacts to potential habitat are minimized. In several areas, CPE proactively sought to minimize the time-consuming process of site-specific field surveys. CPE engaged Kleinfelder to conduct “block” surveys, allowing us to identify areas free of cacti, and thereby streamlining the survey and project planning processes.
Kleinfelder’s environmental team gathered and studied geographic information systems (GIS) data from past years of Uinta Basin surveys. Using this survey data and other information about the species, we developed a predictive model for identifying cactus growth trends. Based on soil type, slope, and weather patterns, this rigorous model identified the environmental conditions in which the cactus habitat would require field survey, enabling Kleinfelder and CPE to make accurate decisions regarding which areas to survey.
Through Kleinfelder’s innovative and accurate modeling techniques, we reduced the initial habitat survey acreage by 40%, providing critical cost-savings to CPE and enabling the client to begin development and permitting work ahead of schedule.