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
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
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.