Industries Natural Gas Project Landowner/Stakeholder Topics of Interest
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FERC considers applications from natural gas companies for construction and operation of interstate natural gas pipelines, storage facilities, compressor stations, other natural gas infrastructure, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals. In addition, FERC monitors the construction of natural gas projects to ensure compliance with environmental conditions required by the Commission.
If the natural gas project is on or abuts your land, as a landowner, you likely will first hear of it from the Natural Gas Company as it begins negotiations for use of your property and/or collects environmental information required for its application to the Commission. If you are interested in a proposed natural gas project, as a stakeholder, you may first learn of it through newspaper notices. The Q&As and the links on this page are intended to guide you to information and resources to help you understand FERCís role, how you may participate in a FERC proceeding, and how to resolve disputes that arise during construction.
How does FERC Review Natural Gas Projects?
Review of natural gas projects is a multi-step process that provides landowners and stakeholders several opportunities to comment on a proposed project. Some natural gas companies take part in the Commissionís voluntary Pre-filing Process, where natural gas companies and Commission staff discuss the project with stakeholders and environmental issues are identified prior to the filing of an application. This diagram provides a high-level outline of the steps in FERC's process.
FERC Natural Gas Certificate Process
If a proposed pipeline route is on or abuts your land, or if your property is within one-half mile of a proposed compressor station or LNG facility, you will first learn of the project from the natural gas company as it plans and studies the route during either the Commissionís voluntary Pre-filing Process or in the application development process. The ďAn Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? What Do I Need to Know?Ē brochure provides answers to many frequently asked questions about natural gas projects, your rights, and the FERC process.
Learn how the FERC review process works through eLearning Training Modules
Where Can I Find Project-Specific Information?
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General Questions about the Commission:
Office of External Affairs
How Can I Participate In The FERC Process?
- Find out how to get involved in the FERC process. How Can I Get Involved? | Guide to Electronic Information
- Discover if there are any FERC scoping or comment sessions in your area. Calendar
- Get project specific notifications from the Commission by mail or e-mail. eSubscription | Be added to a mailing list
- Provide a comment on a FERC project. eFiling
- Read FERCís Recently Published Environmental Documents. Environmental Documents
What Happens If A Natural Gas Project Is Authorized by the FERC?
Can The Natural Gas Company Take My Land?
FERC has no involvement in eminent domain proceedings.
Where can I find info about Natural Gas Company Construction?
|Learn about construction and operation Construction Diagram
|FERCís Pipeline Construction and Restoration Requirements in Upland Areas Guide||FERCís Pipeline Construction and Restoration Requirements for Wetlands and Waterbodies Guide|
How Do I Resolve an Environmental Concern During Construction?
What Is The FERC Landowner Helpline And How Can It Help Me?
- Construction-Related Concerns and Damages from interstate natural gas transmission and storage projects and LNG projects
- Land Access Disputes
- Executed Easement Disputes (pre-existing easement agreements)
- Land Restoration Disputes (revegetation, settling or subsidence, erosion, or drainage)
- Noise and/or Vibration Complaints
When calling the FERC Landowner Helpline, please, if known, have the projectís docket number, the name and location of the project, and the name and contact information for company officials you have been previously working with. This will help FERC staff better address your concerns.
FERC Landowner Helpline
Who Do I Contact if I Have Questions Regarding Safety Issues Or Other Areas of Concern?
If you smell gas, please evacuate the area and call 9-1-1.
If you have other public safety concerns regarding an operational pipeline, contact the Community Liaison Services at the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Visit http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/cats.htm for contact information based on your location.
State Utility Responsibilities
The activities listed below are generally regulated by the states. Please contact your appropriate state agency, such as the state public utility commission, for more information:
- Intrastate or Local Distribution Natural Gas Pipelines Ė Pipelines that are located entirely within one state are generally regulated by that state.
- Utility Bill Disputes
- Oil Pipeline Siting
- Oil and Gas Production
- Electric Facility Siting