FERC Process

 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the regulatory agency that oversees the U.S. interstate natural gas pipeline industry. The FERC regulates both the construction of natural gas pipeline facilities, including compressor stations, and the transportation of natural gas in interstate commerce. 

 

Companies such as Gulf South wishing to build compressor stations and interstate natural gas pipeline facilities must first file an Application with the FERC seeking approval.  This process ensures that the proposed pipeline facilities benefit consumers, are compatible with the environment and minimize interference with the public and landowners surrounding the compressor station or along the pipeline’s right-of-way.

 

The FERC prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) which discusses the environmental aspects of the St. Charles Parish Expansion Project involving construction and operation of the proposed facilities. The FERC mailed copies of the EA to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners and other interested individuals and groups; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and parties to the proceedings. A public comment period was announced which ended April 3, 2017 and allows input from the public and interested agencies on the Project.

 

All public documents related to the St. Charles Parish Expansion Project are made available by the FERC through its “eLibrary” website. These documents include all public correspondence from Gulf South, the FERC, landowners, and stakeholders. Documents are posted soon after being received at the FERC and can be obtained through the FERC’s website, https://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp, using the “eLibrary” link and the project’s docket number. Once at eLibrary, select “General Search” and enter the docket number assigned to the project which is CP16-478. Please note there is a date range field that needs to be updated to view the time range of the document you are in search of. Searches may also be done by entering the phrase “St. Charles Parish Expansion Project” in the “Text Search” field. If you need assistance accessing eLibrary, call the FERC’s helpline toll-free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659 or click on FERConlineSupport@ferc.gov.

  

You can also use eRegister and eSubscription (see www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ferconline.asp) to keep track of individual proceedings at FERC. Users with an eRegister account may subscribe to specific dockets and receive email notification when a document is added to eLibrary for the subscribed docket.   

 

To obtain information regarding the FERC’s role as a regulator of interstate transmission of natural gas, about getting involved in the regulatory process, or to access the Citizen’s Guides which provide a summary of your rights and the process when dealing with FERC regulated energy project licensing, visit the FERC’s website at www.ferc.gov and click on the “For Citizens” tab.  To proceed directly to download FERC’s guide, “An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? – What Do I Need to Know?”, click on www.ferc.gov/resources/guides/industry-guides.asp.