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. For more information regarding the FERC's role as a regulator of interstate natural gas transmission, visit FERC's website.

 

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.

 

Notice of Application:

After an Application is filed, the FERC will issue a Notice of Application, which will include a formal comment period allowing landowners and stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the project.  The Willis Lateral Project Notice of Application was issued on July 26, 2018 by the FERC, with a formal comment period ending August 16, 2018.  For details on this notice and how to comment, click here: Willis Lateral Notice of Application.

 

Environmental Assessment:

On November 19, 2018, FERC issued the Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review stating they anticipated issuing an Environmental Assessment ("EA") on March 4, 2019.  On March 4, 2019, the FERC did issue the EA which discusses the environmental aspects of the Willis Lateral Project including construction and operation of the proposed facilities. The FERC will mail copies of the EA to federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; Native American tribes; potentially affected landowners; newspapers and libraries in the project area; and, parties to the proceeding. A public comment period was announced, which ended April 3, 2019, to gather input from the public and interested agencies about the Project.

 

Gulf South filed its application with the FERC on July 13, 2018. All public documents related to the Willis Lateral Project are available through FERC's "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. To perform a search:

 

  • Select "General Search" and enter the docket number CP18-525   
  • Update the date range field if appropriate
  • Alternatively, you can enter "Willis Lateral Project" in the "Text Search" field instead of the docket number  

If you need assistance accessing the eLibrary, call the FERC's helpline toll-free at (866) 208-3676, or for TeleTYpewriter, contact (202) 502-8659 or click on FERConlineSupport@ferc.gov.

 

You can also use eRegister and eSubscription 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 the eLibrary for the subscribed docket.

 

To obtain information about getting involved in the regulatory process or to access guidelines which provide a summary of your rights and the process when dealing with FERC regulated energy project licensing, please visit FERC's Resources.  See also FERC's guide, "An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? - What Do I Need to Know?".