With respect to Natural Gas projects, FERC safeguards the environment by:
- Disclosing, analyzing and minimizing impacts where it is feasible and reasonable to do so;
- Encourage applicants to communicate with relevant federal and state natural resources agencies, Indian tribes, and state water quality agencies, prior to submitting an application;
- Ensuring that all applicants perform the necessary studies to make an informed decision on the project;
- Issuing environmental assessments (EA) or draft and final environmental impact statement (EIS) for comment on most projects;
- Including requirements with any certificate issued to reduce environmental impacts; and
- Visiting proposed project areas to determine the range
of environmental issues requiring analysis and holding scoping
meetings as appropriate.
Environmental Impact Statements
FERC makes electronic copies of the draft and final EISs available to the public. A limited number of paper copies are also available from the Public Reference Room (call toll-free 1-866-208-3676).
FERC staff will conduct training seminars entitled "Environmental Review and Compliance for Natural Gas Facilities," that will be held at various locations throughout the United States, check here for times and locations.
Various environmental guidelines and procedures prepared by FERC staff.
This program involves the use of independent contractors to assist Commission staff in its environmental review and preparation of environmental documents.
Miscellaneous Guidelines and Reports:
of Wetland Construction and Mitigation Activities for Certified
Section 7(c) Pipeline Projects Report March 2004
- Processes for the Environmental
and Historic Preservation Review of Proposed Interstate Natural
- Interagency Agreement
on Early Coordination of Environmental Review of Natural Gas