Mark Knaack

Mark Knaack
Business Development Manager
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P: 816-822-3306
F: 816-822-3494

A Demonstrated Difference in Shale Oil and Gas Exploration Support

A Demonstrated Difference in Shale Oil and Gas Exploration Support

Wherever your work is along the shale oil and gas spectrum, the professionals at Burns & McDonnell share a single-minded philosophy guiding our efforts on your behalf: Deliver the highest quality, maximum value project on time, safely, within budget. No surprises.

Our business is to stay on top of the latest regulatory changes, so that you can stay focused on your business. Our services span all segments of the shale oil and gas industry — upstream, midstream, pipelines, downstream processing and refining — and cross all functional and geographic boundaries. We provide the big-picture view that eliminates confusion and duplication.

Your project benefits from an integrated approach, taking it from concept through permitting and compliance and on to construction.

A Regulatory Adviser

Legislative and regulatory bodies race to keep pace with the fastest-growing segment of an expanding domestic energy industry. Energy companies, drillers and operators seek the guidance and familiarity of a trusted adviser to successfully navigate evolving federal, state and local regulations, helping to achieve timely and cost-effective solutions for their unique challenges.

Burns & McDonnell professionals have the understanding and experience you need to stay on top of the ever-changing regulatory environment.

Our team will come to you. Our professionals — experienced and prepared to mobilize with the necessary resources to support your project — have worked in all the major shale plays, including Bakken, Barnett, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Fayetteville, Permian, Niobrara, Mississippian Lime and Marcellus/Utica. Our employee-owners' focused approach is tailored to enable our work to conform to your objectives and budget, remaining flexible to adapt to schedule demands.

  • ConocoPhillips
  • DCP Midstream
  • Enbridge
  • Enogex
  • Enterprise Products Partners
  • Flint Hills Resources
  • Koch Industries
  • Marathon Petroleum
  • OG&E
  • Phillips 66
  • Sandridge Energy
  • Valero Energy
  • The Williams Cos.


    • Concept and feasibility studies
    • Pipeline integrity assessments
    • Routing and siting planning


    • Front-end loading (FEL) and front-end engineering design (FEED)
    • Detailed design
    • Pipeline engineering
    • Pipeline construction documents
    • Access road alignment and design
    • Construction alignment sheets
    • Pad designs and layouts
    • Site security design
    • Surface use plans
    • Reclamation design
    • Preliminary alignment
    • Erosion and sedimentation control design and construction inspection
    • Well site layout, grading and earthwork
    • Geotechnical engineering and subsurface investigations

    Project and Construction Management

    • Engineer-procure-construct (EPC)
      and design-build delivery
    • Project controls
    • Procurement
    • Stakeholder management
    • Construction monitoring
    • Construction quality assurance (CQA), safety and inspection services
    • Compressor station CQA services

    Environmental and Permitting

    • Hydrogeology, groundwater monitoring and reporting
    • Environmental clearance and permitting
    • Ecological studies
    • Corps of Engineers permits
    • Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) and tribal, state and federal permitting
    • Air permitting and emissions testing
    • Cultural resources investigations
    • Hydrogen sulfide plans
    • Spill response
    • Right-of-way applications and acquisitions
    • Departments of transportation and rural roadway approach permits
    • Pits, impoundments and dam permitting
    • Post-construction stormwater permitting
    • Wetland and stream delineation and encroachments permitting
    • Threatened and endangered species surveys
    • FERC environmental reporting and certification assistance
    • Gas intrusion abatement
    • Gas storage field leakage assessments
    • Compliance audits

    Gas Processing

    • Field gathering systems
    • Meter stations and lease automatic custody transfer (LACT) units
    • Natural gas liquids (NGL) recovery

    Comprehensive Solid Waste Services

    • Site selection and feasibility evaluations
    • Hydrogeologic investigations
    • Facility design and permitting
    • Cell construction and closure 
    • Construction management/
      construction quality assurance
    • Remediation


    • Geographic information
      systems (GIS)
    • Geodatabase and GIS asset management mapping
    • Web-based mapping
    • Geophysical surveys
    • Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) and bore locations data
    • Well sites, pipelines and tank batteries

    Facilities and Pump Stations

    • Oil and gas production facilities
    • Dehydration and separation facilities
    • Compression and pumping stations

    Water, Wastewater and Stormwater

    • SWPPP
    • Hydraulic and hydrology studies
    • SPCC plans
    • Water supply and treatment
    • Carbon dioxide and water injection
    • Saltwater disposal wells
    • Water management plans