Two Springfield Small Businesses Align to Service Oil & Gas Development in Illinois

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Northwater Consulting and Prairie Analytical have aligned their resources to provide locally based environmental services and consulting to support the adaptation of Illinois’ new hydraulic fracturing regulatory act. The act is currently in its final stages of State review and the first wave of permitting could start before the end of 2014.

Our firms are based in Springfield and have worked throughout central and southern Illinois; our knowledge of Illinois and its regulatory environment will support the industry and the state’s natural resources.

Northwater Consulting and Prairie Analytical have been closely monitoring the development of Illinois' hydraulic fracturing regulatory act; the environmental and water-related regulations on hydraulic fracturing are expected to be the most stringent in the nation which will require local support, much more so than in other states.

Commenting on the alignment, Jeff Boeckler, Northwater Principal and co-founder says that the industry will require locally respected and reputable firms to support the environmental permitting and compliance of the new oil and gas regulations, “Our firms are based in Springfield and have worked throughout central and southern Illinois; our knowledge of Illinois and its regulatory environment will support the industry and the state’s natural resources.”

The pair of firms aligned due to their complementing expertise and the benefits of sharing resources in what could be a quickly growing demand on their firms. The firms, either jointly or individually, are poised to meet the specific needs of the industry as it relates to the regulatory requirements imposed by the hydraulic fracturing regulatory act.

Northwater Consulting (http://www.northwaterco.com) provides specialized and expert service in engineering, water resources and geology. Northwater is directed by a former project manager from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), an Illinois licensed professional geologist, and an Illinois licensed professional engineer. Northwater’s reputation combined with their technical, permitting and regulatory experience in Illinois make them well positioned to support the development of the industry.

Prairie Analytical Systems, Inc. (http://www.prairieanalytical.com) is an environmental laboratory that has experience working with consulting engineers, municipalities, utilities and industries. They also have years of experience working directly with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

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