Marsh Creek, LLC

Environmental Projects






  Hard Camp - Umiat 2-19-2012 13 Rev

           Project Camp in Umiat, Alaska

 Contaminated Soil Removal and Test Well Plug and Abandonment, Umiat, Alaska

From 2009 through 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) selected Marsh Creek on multiple contracts to complete excavation, transportation and disposal of nearly 10,000 tons of PCB-contaminated soil from a remote oil exploration drill site in the foothills of the Brooks Range in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA). The contracts included seasonal planning and permitting, ice road and ice bridge construction, remote camp operations, mobilization and demobilization of more than 500 tons of heavy equipment, sampling and analysis of more than 4,000 analytical samples, operating an onsite ADEC- and ELAP-approved mobile laboratory, maintaining a GIS database, completing as-built surveying, annual completion reporting, and performing a geophysical investigation at the former Umiat landfill. Our work on these contracts also included coordinating with the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to properly plug and abandon Umiat Test Wells No. 6, 7, and 9. Over the course of these contracts, Marsh Creek logged more than 130,000 miles of overland winter travel with zero lost time incidents. 


Temporary Waste Repository Site Ikpikpuk, NPRA


 Legacy Well Restoration Project in the NPRA

Marsh Creek was selected by the BLM to perform work under their Legacy Well Restoration Program in the NPRA. The first phase was an emergency response at the J.W. Dalton #1 test well on the shoreline of the Beaufort Sea. Removing the drilling waste and plugging and abandoning (P&A) the exploration well became a top priority for the BLM after 345 feet shoreline eroded in the 4 weeks before freeze-up of the Beaufort Sea in fall 2004.

From 2006 through 2011, Marsh Creek continued to support the BLM’s Legacy Well work including site characterization and closure work at three other NPRA drill sites (East Teshekpuk, Atigaru Point, and Drew Point). Characterization findings were used to develop a plan to consolidate drilling waste from the sites into a single temporary storage cell until a more economical disposal option becomes available during future exploration or full-field development activities. Work at these sites included:

      • Mobilizing each season by cat-train a 40 person camp, up to 20 pieces of heavy equipment, and 100,000 gallons of fuel
      • Obtaining project permits and providing runway lights and a weather observation building
      • Constructing an onsite 3,500-foot long ice runway at East Teshekpuk and Atigaru Point
      • Operating interim storage facilities at Ikpikpuk and North Kalikpik
      • Removing, transporting and disposing of 19,000 cubic yards of drilling waste
      • Constructing and maintaining approximately 50 miles of ice roads
      • Removing and recycling of metallic debris


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Fort Wainwright, Alaska


Environmental Investigations at Various Sites, Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Marsh Creek was contracted by the USACE under an Environmental Remediation Services (ERS) Contract to conduct environmental investigations and prepare closure documents for various sites located on Fort Wainwright, Alaska. Environmental Investigations under this project include Preliminary Source Evaluations (PSE) at four sites, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) with Risk Assessments at seven sites, and a Data Gap Analysis (DGA) at the Birch Hill USTs site. Marsh Creek also conducted a Soil Removal Action at the former Birch Hill AST Farm which consisted of the excavation and disposal of approximately 2,100 tons of soil contaminated with lead-based paint chips, lead and POLs from eight AST sites. Field activities were conducted in 2015 and 2016. Other tasks include preparation of an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) for Operable Unit 5; and Proposed Plans (PP), Records of Decision (ROD), and Explosive Safety Submissions (ESS) for four Military Munitions Response Program sites.

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Excavating Contaminated soil from Brownlow Point


  Drum Project at the Brownlow Point and Jago River FUDS 

Marsh Creek was contracted by the USACE to complete a drum removal action and remedial investigation at the Brownlow Point and Jago River Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Over 1,400 drums were removed from the Jago River site using a Robinson R44 helicopter to sling load drums to Kaktovik, Alaska where they were crushed, barged to Deadhorse and trucked to Fairbanks for recycling. For the Brownlow Point site, 50 drums were flown to Kaktovik using the R44 helicopter; however, adverse weather prevented the summertime removal of an additional 80 drums and 35 cubic yards of POL-contaminated soil. Remaining drums and contaminated soil at the Brownlow Point site were removed April 2011 when the site was accessible via winter overland and sea ice travel. The project team received the Secretary of the Army’s Award for Environmental Restoration for work at the Jago River site. Work at the Jago River and Brownlow Point sites included:

      • Obtaining project permits and preparing planning documents
      • Conducting a FLIR survey/thermal imaging investigation required by USFWS to verify the absence of polar bear dens along the bluffs before the winter drum removal and soil excavation work
      • Mobilizing/demobilizing heavy equipment, camp facilities, materials, and personnel using barge, fixed-wing aircraft, and cat-train (overland and sea ice) to support the summer and winter fieldwork
      • Field screening 1,535 locations for petroleum hydrocarbons and collecting laboratory samples
      • Excavating, transporting, and thermally treating 50 tons of petroleum-contaminated soil
      • Containerizing, manifesting, transporting, and disposing of 450 gallons of mixed liquid waste from the two sites


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Grading the Debris at the Fort Egbert Dump


 Fort Egbert Dump Closure

The BLM selected Marsh Creek in 2012 to complete closure of an un-permitted "modern" dump at the former Fort Egbert in Eagle, Alaska. The Fort was established in 1899 as the U.S. Army Headquarters durning the Klondike Gold Rush. Fort Egbert is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Eagle Historic District. Work for this project included:

    • Conducting public meetings
    • Obtaining permits/authorizations and preparing a Closure Work Plan for ADEC approval
    • Preparing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and conducting monitoring during construction
    • Consolidating nearby non-hazardous surface debris and incorporating it into the dump site closure
    • Brushing and contouring for the final dump site cover
    • Installing erosion controls and performing site revegetaion
    • Preparing a Closure Report for ADEC approval of existing monitoring wells 


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 Mobilizing Equipment via Cat Train

 USAF, Kalakaket Creek RRS Clean Sweep Program Support

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) 611 Civil Engineer Squadron (CES) selected Marsh Creek to provide support services for their demolition and remediation program at the Kakakaket Creek Radio Relay Station (RRS) near Galena, Alaska, through a USACE contract. For this project Marsh Creek's services included:

      • Leasing to the USAF two excavators, a loader with fork/bucket attachments, a squirt boom, and a dozer
      • Constructing a 20-person soft-side camp including operations and maintenance for up to five months
      • Mobilizing the equipment, camp, and 37 shipping containers, a mini excavator, three 10-ton end dumps, a 1-ton pickup, a loader, and miscellaneous materials and supplies from Nenana to Galena via barge followed by overland winter cat-train transport to Kalakaket Creek RRS
      • Abating asbestos containing materials from the communications facility, vehicle maintenance shop, water pump station, and warehousing supplies facility
      • Analyzing samples for fuel hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) using an onsite chemical laboratory
      • Clearing, grubbing, and preparing an onsite runway overgrown with trees and shrubs
      • Designing and permitting of an onsite monofill for disposal of building demolition
      • Demobilizing the equipment and materials via overland cat-train in February 2010 from Kalakaket to Galena followed by barge to Nenana



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  Cutting up Debris for Disposal  



USAF, Barter Island LRRS Clean Sweep Program Support  

The USAF 611 CES chose Marsh Creek to support their Clean Sweep program at the Barter Island Long Range Radar Station (LRRS) using three different  contracting mechanisms including the USACE, Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE), and the 3rd Wing Contracting Squadron (3CONS). Our work at Barter Island was so well received that it resulted in additional contract awards for similar services at Bullen Point Short Range Radar Station (SRRS) and Point Lonely SRRS. Marsh Creek's services at Barter Island LRRS included:

        • Obtaining permits and authorizations from the North Slope Borough, Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
        • Mobilizing 150 tons of equipment and supplies via cat-train over 120 miles of sea ice
        • Providing and operating a 40-person ski camp facility for 611 CES workers
        • Maintaining power generation for the facility
        • Leasing seven pieces of heavy equipment to the 611 CES
        • Abating asbestos containing material from 15 buildings
        • Managing and delivering 30,000 gallons of fuel
        • Completing a dive program to remove underwater debris
        • Retrieving, containerizing and transporting (via barge then truck) 2,200 tons of debris from over 3 miles of shoreline for disposal in Prudhoe Bay and Anchorage

 " also managed to recognize how our project might benefit from other activities happening across the North Slope. Your identification of the backhaul barge space on your Chevron project saved the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars." Dave Longtin 611 CES Project Manager











Project Camp in Umiat, Alaska

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