General Proposal for Right of Way and Well Site Reclamation

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Stephen A. Chilcote Land & Timber Consulting
409 Hancock St. Tyrone, PA 16686

We are available to subcontract anywhere in the Marcellus Shale Region


Proposal For Pipeline and Well Site Reclamation



             This is a proposal to provide the final step in the restoration and revegetation of land disturbed during the construction of pipelines and related facilities.  Such restoration, when done by a knowledgeable professional, will not only satisfy the obligations of the facility owner, permitting agencies and landowners beyond their expectations, but also will make future right-of-way and permit acquisition easier.  Constructions specifications often require restoration of the disturbed land to its original contour and condition.  Revegetation is often a “one size fits all” process that rarely achieves the results expected by regulatory agencies and landowners.  Our company can provide services that will achieve results that are beyond expectation and keep authorities satisfied and save money and time on fines and work interference.

            This proposal is an offer to provide services related to the proper restoration of pipeline rights of way for gathering and transmission pipelines in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

            Proper restoration of disturbed land post – construction in forested terrain can be challenging.  Poor soils, steep terrain, rock, invasive plant species all present problems for the contractor. 

            Contractors often times do not do a proper job of restoration due to lack of knowledge and experience or poor attitude toward the task.  My firm has the experience and expertise to make a pipeline right of way an asset to the landowner and improve the reputation of the pipeline construction company and good will in the community.

            Our company has been performing difficult land reclamation and planting work for 15 years in the Northeast.  Most of our projects are done on poor mountain soils in difficult terrain.  We always give our customer a quality job and never give up on a site until we achieve the desired results.

Scope of the Work

 After rough grading is complete and Erosion and Sedimentation BMPs are in place, we will revegetate all disturbed ground using the following process.

            Site prep – surface rock and debris will be removed to the point that tillage and planting equipment can be used on the ground.  Any required surface tillage will be performed to prepare a seed bed for planting.  Any failed BMPs will be repaired and  “fine tuned” to make sure they are doing their job.

            Soil Amendments – soil samples will be taken and tested at the Penn State University soil lab.  Required soil amendments including pulverized lime, fertilizer and organic material will be applied as needed and incorporated into the soil with disking and/or rotary tilling.  Amendments are custom applied according to the existing soil conditions and species of vegetation to be planted.

            Planting – the site will be seeded with vegetation appropriate for the site conditions or required by the landowner. Steep sites my require thick, fast growing legumes, farm property may require replanting of forage crops, woodland would require native grass, forbs and legumes.  Stream crossings may be planted with native brush species to shade the stream and stabilize the stream bank. 


            The equipment we have available includes: John Deere 100hp tractors, Kioti 55hp tractor, 4-ton capacity rock picker, John Deere 550 dozer with rock rake, spring tooth harrow, chisel plow, disk harrows, Brillion seeder and Great Plains seed drill.  Other equipment will be added as needed.



            The cost of soil/seed bed prep and planting varies considerably depending on the conditions of the soil to start with and what is needed to get excellent results.  The price for typical 50-foot right-of-way is $10,000 per mile with no extreme slopes, water or rock problems beyond normal conditions.

About the Author:

Wildlife habitat manager and consulting forester from Central PA. Studied environmental Agriculture specializing in wildlife management and Forestry. B.S. Agriculture, Masters degree in Forestry. 30 years experience in land investment, forestry and wildlife habitat improvement. Currently working as a Farm Bill Forester for Pheasants Forever on Game Commission and Golden Winged Warbler Initiative.