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 the transportation of natural gas in interstate commerce and both the construction and removal from service (known as abandonment) of natural gas pipeline systems, including compressor stations. 

  

Companies such as Texas Gas wishing to remove natural gas pipelines from service must first file an Application with the FERC for approval.  This is done to assure that customers’ services are not unduly affected and the proposed disconnection activities are compatible with the environment and minimize interference with the public and landowners along the pipeline rights of way. Texas Gas filed its Application on May 29, 2013.

  

The FERC will prepare an environmental assessment that will discuss the environmental aspects of the Texas Gas Abandonment Project (“Project”) involving abandonment of the proposed facilities.The FERC will announce the opening of the scoping process, in which the FERC will gather input from the public and interested agencies on the Project.  The scoping process is designed to provide the public with an opportunity to provide written comments on specific concerns about the Project. 

  

All public documents related to the Texas Gas Abandonment Project are made available by the FERC through its “eLibrary” Web site. These documents include all public correspondence from Texas Gas, the FERC, landowners and stakeholders.  Documents are posted soon after being received at the FERC. First time users to the FERC eLibrary system must first register with the FERC online by going to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ferconline.asp and follow the instructions under eRegister.

  

Once registered, one may access eLibrary and then select “General Search” and enter the docket number assigned to the project which is CP13-485, and follow the instructions. Searches may also be done by entering the phrase “Texas Gas Abandonment 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.

  

To obtain information about the FERC’s role as a regulator of interstate transmission of natural gas, oil and electricity; about getting involved in the regulatory process or to access Citizen’s Guides that summarize 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/for-citizens/citizen-guides.asp.