Hidden deep within the Atchafalaya wetlands is a small river island where the field operations of the Stockstill Remediation Project occurred. With the help of several key contactors, such as Elm Springs, Anderson Engineering’s early preparations for the project began in 2012, more than two years before heavy machinery and work crews would arrive on the island. Jamie McCartney, Stockstill’s Project Manager called the project both “exciting” and “challenging”. “The project consists of the plugging and abandonment of 7 production wells, removal of two pumping units, two compressors, removal of 100,000 feet of pipeline, remediating a contaminated area of soil and removal of an oil loading dock.”
One of the biggest challenges to the project is its remote location. All travel is by crew boats, tug boats or barges used for the large and heavy equipment needed on the island. Additionally, due to the wet and soft soil on the project site, over 2,700 wooden-matts were needed to support the weighty equipment.
The remote location and soft soil are not the only things that make the Stockstill work challenging. The dense vegetation and murky waters make an ideal habitat for dangerous biohazards. “Snakes are very plentiful” said Jamie, “with daily sightings, along with alligators.”
With a work site abundant with risk, proper planning and preparation was vital to the success of the project. Early in on-site operations, Anderson conducted an Emergency Air Evacuation Drill to ensure the quick arrival of medical assistance in the event of an emergency. The drill simulated an employee experiencing chest pains while on site. The crew practiced relaying the emergency through the established call tree and making contact with the local emergency response team. Ultimately, from the first report of an emergency to the landing of an air ambulance helicopter, on the site constructed helipad, the response time was a remarkable 27 minutes.
- Ground Construction
- Health and Safety Oversight
- Project Management
- Remote Location
- Waste Removal
- Water Operations
- Well Plugging