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Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines: Process and Timing of FERC Permit Application Review


Growth in U.S. shale gas production involves the expansion of natural gas pipeline infrastructure\r to transport natural gas from producing regions to consuming markets, typically in other states.\r Over 300,000 miles of interstate transmission pipeline already transport natural gas across the\r United States. However, if the growth in U.S. shale gas continues, the requirement for new\r pipelines could be substantial. This ongoing expansion has increased congressional interest in the\r role of the federal government in the certification (permitting) of interstate natural gas pipelines.\r Under Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act of 1938, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission\r (FERC) is authorized to issue certificates of "public convenience and necessity" for "the\r construction or extension of any facilities ... for the transportation in interstate commerce of\r natural gas." Thus, companies seeking to build interstate natural gas pipelines must first obtain\r certificates of public convenience and necessity from FERC. The Energy Policy Act of 2005\r (EPAct) designates FERC as the lead agency for coordinating "all applicable Federal\r authorizations" and for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance in reviewing\r pipeline certificate applications.\r There are no statutory time limits within which FERC must complete its certificate review\r process. However, EPAct authorizes FERC to establish a schedule for all related federal\r authorizations and provides for judicial petition if an agency fails to comply with that schedule.\r Congress included these provisions in EPAct to address concerns that some interstate gas pipeline\r and other energy infrastructure approvals were being unduly delayed by a lack of coordination or\r insufficient action among agencies involved in the certification process. FERC has promulgated\r regulations requiring certificate-related final decisions from other agencies no later than 90 days\r after the commission issues its final environmental document.\r Bills: H.R. 1900


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Interstate Natural Gas Pipelines: Process and Timing of FERC Permit Application Review  [Order No: R43138  Release Date: Jul 08,2013  Pages: 13]