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Pennsylvania Bluestone Mining

By Isaac Vehmeier, Project Leader In the following article, we will be exploring some of the regulations and pitfalls associated with Bluestone mining, or officially, noncoal surface mining. The information comes from years of bluestone permitting experience, as well as straight from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). It is important for a mining operator to be aware of …

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The Importance of Wetland Areas

Sometimes wetland areas are obvious. In more than 20 years as an environmental consultant, working with wetlands and the Clean Water Act, I’ve seen why wetlands are important and also how they can impact development. Let’s define “wetlands.” In its most regulatory form, “Wetlands are areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and …

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Joel’s Top 10 Tips for Horizontal Directional Drilling

By Joel D. Moore, PE Over the past 25 years I have been involved with designing and inspecting Horizontal Directional Drills (HDD) for pipeline construction. I have attended numerous seminars, purchased many texts, and read countless white papers related to the subject. Of much more educational value (and fun) is the many hours I have spent on drilling sites asking …

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Building for Business Growth

By Sierra Simko, Architectural Project Leader at JHA Companies So many business owners diligently plan every detail of their business from accounting, to hiring, to branding. They know their business better than anyone. When planning to expand the constructed environment that supports their company, they may know how many employees will use the space, the projected revenue associated with expansion, …

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Renewable Solar Power & Clean Natural Gas for a Cleaner Environment, Better Economy

By Michael P. McDonnell Nearly every aspect of our lives is reliant upon energy production and distribution to affordably sustain our businesses, homes, communities, and lifestyles.  Many of us desire a cleaner environment and better economy for ourselves and future generations, but it won’t happen by accident. At this time, all renewable energy power generation systems make up approximately 11% …

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The Importance of Proactive Rate Analysis for Water and Wastewater Utilities

By Travis J. Long, CEP With the first quarter of a new calendar year well underway, it is time to ask some important questions, such as, did the annual budget adequately address rates as part of the budget planning process? Are funds available to implement capital improvements, unexpected system issues, or adequately build reserve for the system? Did such efforts …

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New York State Article VII Permit Secured

Jim Burdett, Sr. Project Manager with JHA Companies’ gas engineering technical group, has once again demonstrated his ability to successfully navigate the New York State Article VII permitting and approval process for transmission gas pipelines and compressor stations. The Article VII permit was issued on January 17, 2019 to Minard Run Oil Company for the Sherman Compressor Station Expansion Project …

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Established Regional Firm Relocates Honesdale Office

HONESDALE, PA – On October 25, 2018, JHA Companies relocated its Wayne County office from 1131 Texas Palmyra Highway into the offices of Keystone Consulting & Associates at 6 Laurel Hill Drive in Honesdale. Pictured (left to right): Todd Jacobs, PLS, President of JHA Companies, Joseph Hunt, PLS, PE, Owner of JHA Companies, Michael Propst, PE, Owner of Keystone Consulting …

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JHA Companies acquires Delhi Surveying Firm

November 21, 2018 – JHA Companies is pleased to announce the acquisition of Delhi, New York surveying firm, Thomas F. Leo LS, P.C. Established in 1977, Tom Leo has provided land surveying services to residential and commercial developers, attorneys, private individuals, realtors, title companies, and municipal governments in the heart of Delaware County and the Catskill Region of New York …