By David Conti
The engineers, scientists and technicians at Civil & Environmental Consultants don’t actually drill for natural gas. But the shale boom has matched perfectly with the Robinson firm’s focus.
“The interesting thing about the gas industry is there are very few markets like it that take advantage of every one of our practice areas,” said Dustin Kuhlman, a vice president at CEC overseeing its natural gas consulting group.
The firm helps companies navigate permitting processes, geotechnical issues, ecological studies, land deals, water challenges and waste disposal.
In return, shale-related business has bolstered CEC’s payroll and bottom line, accounting for nearly a third of company revenue last year.
The number of employees jumped from about 425 to more than 650 over the past five years.
“It’s an exciting time for the industry,” said Barry Wolfe, corporate director of human resources.