Developing the Natural Gas Network

AGL undertook its 10-year Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement (STRIDE) Program in 2009 to improve capacity, safety, and availability of natural gas to many communities throughout Georgia. They teamed with Woodard & Curran to support the development of over 100 miles of pipeline.

Careful planning to protect sensitive ecological and cultural sites is a key part of obtaining permits for and building a natural gas pipeline within a reasonable timeframe. This begins with preliminary studies, including ecological, cultural, and environmental investigations to identify any potential issues and outline the required permits for pipeline construction. We then worked closely with the client and regulators to make sure all the necessary information was gathered, smoothing the permitting process and avoiding delays in permit issuance. For each STRIDE project, all local, state, and federal permits were acquired on or before schedule, saving AGL time and money and facilitating efficient project construction.

Reducing and offsetting protected resource impacts

During the pre-construction and construction phases, specialists such as registered professional wetland scientists, archaeologists, and erosion and sedimentation control engineers ensured compliance with all relevant federal and state regulations while implementing best management strategies to offset resource impacts.  Permitting scenarios included the purchase of mitigation and conservation credits, construction timing for protected species, and coordination with agencies to manage protected habitats, waters, and cultural resource sites.  Proactive planning and comprehensive coordination with stakeholders contributed to a successful project with minimum impacts to regulated resources.


Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta, GA


Senior Client Manager
Environmental Services & Permitting
Senior Scientist
Ecological Services