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UMIAQ Expands Services with New Environmental Department


Terri Mitchell, UMIAQ Environmental Department Manager.

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Expanding their professional services to better meet client needs, UMIAQ has established an Environmental Department that is uniquely organized into two key components; environmental services and field compliance services.  UMIAQ is able to provide key services for Alaska-based operations from project planning, to construction through production.  These services include environmental permitting and impact assessments, agency coordination and consultation, regulatory compliance management and a remote workforce of Marine Mammal Observers/Inupiat Communicators (MMO/IC), Environmental Vehicle Inspectors, and Subsistence Advisors.  

Terri Mitchell has been promoted to the Manager for UMIAQ’s newly formed Environmental Department.  Ms. Mitchell holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management with honors and has more than 14 years of experience providing environmental documentation and permitting for bathymetric surveys in the arctic, telecommunication infrastructure, airports, roadways, wind towers, material sites, and fuel tank farms.  Under Ms. Mitchell’s management UMIAQ’s Environmental Department provides the expertise to support Alaska and arctic operations through the development of oil spill response plans, emergency response plans, incident management expertise, NEPA documentation, and permit packages for the most challenging of projects.  Current projects include the Arctic Fibre Project, a fiber optic line running from Tokyo to London through the Northwest Passage, Alaska LNG, response planning support for Shell, and the Pt. Thomson Project.


UMIAQ is a member of the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) family of companies. UMIAQ provides resource development services, design, consulting, logistics and science support while understanding the politics, culture, land use issues, regulations and environmental conditions related to industrial and community development in the arctic and subarctic Alaska. These services include architecture, engineering, regulatory planning, stakeholder relations, surveying, geospatial analysis, arctic science support, logistics, local traditional knowledge and full-service camps. UMIAQ works to ensure project needs are safely and successfully met.

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