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 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Environmental Assessment (EA):

The FERC will issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review stating when they intend to complete and distribute an EA for the project.  The EA will discuss environmental aspects of the project involving 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. Once the EA is issued it will state if a public comment period will be announced in which the FERC will gather input from the public and interested agencies about the project.

 

All public documents related to a project are available through FERC's "eLibrary" website.  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
  • Update the date range field if appropriate
  • Alternatively, you can enter the project name 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?"