Infrastructure and Land Development
Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. (Ghostpine) is proud to offer a wide range of environmental services catering to the planning, regulatory, construction, operation, and reclamation needs of the Infrastructure (road building, heavy construction, utility corridors) and Land Development sector. Over the past 15 years we have successfully completed a variety of projects at both the municipal and provincial level, pertaining to:
- Public Utilities,
- Residential Land Development
- Commercial Land Development
- Natural Resource Extraction
- Pre-disturbance environmental assessments
With several hundred projects completed and over a decade of experience, you can trust that our team of environmental experts have the knowledge and local expertise to meet and exceed your civil, commercial, and industrial project environmental assessment needs. Our longstanding and continuous work within western Canada keeps us in sync with the region’s specific business needs, further allowing us to provide our clients with the particular environmental and regulatory solutions they require.
Our team of experienced professionals are familiar with multiple government jurisdictions and have successfully worked alongside regulators, the general public, First Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Our breadth of knowledge across multiple environmental disciplines combined with this experience, allows us to provide you with sought after innovation and ingenuity for cost effective, and environmentally responsible solutions from the initial planning stages of your project, through to execution, and remediation.
Ghostpine is committed to providing our clients with higher quality environmental services in the most cost-effective and timely manner while fostering positive long-term relationships with our employees, clients, associates, and public stakeholders. Contact us to find out more about our Infrastructure and Land Development environmental solutions.
Ghostpine is ready to help you with the following field services and documentation required for Infrastructure and Land Development activities and operations:
- Utility Corridor Routing and Assessments
- Municipal Waterline Routing and Assessments
- Land Development Pre-site Assessment
- Watercourse Crossing and Channel Restoration Assessments
- Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (ESC)
- Construction and Environmental Monitoring for Industrial Sites
- Pre-construction Environmental Baseline Studies
- CSA Standard Phase I Environmental Assessments / Stage 1 Preliminary Site Investigations (BC)
- CSA Standard Phase II Environmental Assessments / Stage 2 Preliminary Site Investigations (BC); Detailed Site Investigations (BC), Remediation Planning and Supervision, Soil Vapour Investigations, Groundwater and Surface Water Assessments, Spill Response, Wellsite, Processing Facility and Pipeline Reclamation
- Environmental Audits or Compliance Inspections
- Detailed Site Assessments (DSA)
- Reclamation Certificate Applications Civil
- Environmental Construction Operations (ECO) Plans (AB)
- Construction Environmental Management Plans (BC)
- Soil Surveys
- Biophysical Impact Assessments (BIA)
- Biophysical Studies
- Municipal Land Use Re-designation Applications
- Municipal Development Permit Applications
- Public Lands Act Dispositions (SMC, SML) for Clay Borrow Pits
- Public Lands Act Dispositions (SMC SML) for Sand and Gravel Pits
- Public Lands Act Dispositions for Mineral Development (Quarry)
- Development Impact and Reclamation Plans for Non-mineral Extraction Activities
- EPEA Code of Practice for Pits Registration Applications (Sand and Gravel Pits)
- EPEA Code of Practice for Pits Registration Applications (Clay Borrow Pits)
- Conservation and Reclamation Plans (Activities Plan) for Pits and Borrow Areas
- Conceptual Reclamation Plans for Pits and Quarries
- Water Act Applications for Approval
- Water Act Code of Practice Registration Applications
- Historical/Heritage Assessments and Mitigation (AB and Sk)
- Environmental Audits and Inspections
- First Nations Consulting (FNC)
Commercial & Real Estate
An environmental review is relatively quick and inexpensive to complete. We want to help clients avoid complications in order to “get the deal done” so they can move forward to develop their dreams.
When considering any of the following real estate acquisitions:
- Property to construct your new home;
- Developing land for new residential or commercial use; or
- Purchasing an existing commercial building or property.
To ensure any land transaction is completed as efficiently and cost effectively as possible, performing an environmental assessment and regulatory review beforehand can be of great assistance in securing financing and/or regulatory approval, if required. Often, financiers require environmental screening prior to considering financing a project.
Everyone can appreciate provincial mandates for environmental protection and contamination remediation. However, not everyone appreciates the potential for closing delays, increased expenses, or costs/liabilities due to unexpected or unknown environmental issues. These irritating conditions are avoidable.
As of June 1, 2015, Alberta Environment and Parks has significantly changed the environmental regulatory requirements for land development, building, and construction in and around wetlands and water crossings.
An office space, warehouse, manufacturing shop, or industrial yard will vary greatly in function and risk for APECs and PCOCs, or any other environmental issues.
To limit potential development liabilities and qualify for financing, it is important to know what you are acquiring. A Phase I ESA is a simple, cost effective environmental evaluation and historical document review to determine the risk of property contamination and the associated liability. Some properties such as older gas stations, with deteriorating underground fuel tanks, may be at risk for contamination (onsite or offsite) and require additional Phase II ESA work, intrusive sampling with delineation, and perhaps remediation (Phase III ESA), removing tanks and contaminated soil.
Some properties, such as residences, may appear low risk, but unknown liabilities like an underground heating oil tank may be present causing a contamination risk and require remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Other properties have low risk for environmental contamination. Low-cost, due diligence investigations protect a purchaser from potential high-cost liabilities.
Regardless of the type of property or project during construction, an Erosion and Sediment Control plan may be required to reduce or limit erosion and an Environmental Construction Operations Plan may be required for environmental management and pollution prevention during all phases of construction. The actions described in these plans prevent sediment from entering nearby surface water receptors and help to avoid potential non-compliance of provincial and federal regulations such as the Federal Fisheries Act or the Provincial Water Act.
Our intent at Ghostpine Environmental Services Ltd. is to provide value to land owners or property developers by providing environmental assessments and mitigation measures that assist in expediting land use approvals and real estate property sales. Through our expertise in Environmental Regulations and Historical/Heritage Resource Assessments, we help avoid archaeological and environmental difficulties in the early stages of a sale and project development.