Before a pipeline company can begin a construction project like the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, it must go through a long federal regulatory review process. This includes filing an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in order to fully document the need for the project, as well as its scope and potential environmental impacts.
Before a pipeline company obtains authorization to construct or expand an existing interstate transmission pipeline, the company must first file a detailed project plan with the FERC. This plan is formally called an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (Certificate Application). The Certificate Application is a comprehensive document that describes the proposed project, its need and potential environmental impacts.
When a pipeline company is ready to begin preparing its Certificate Application, it typically initiates what is known as the FERC pre-filing process. The pre-filing process is designed to encourage involvement by citizens, government entities and other interested parties during the design stage of a proposed project.
As part of this process, the project sponsor hosts a series of public workshops in the areas potentially affected by the proposal. Representatives from FERC normally participate in these meetings as well. FERC may also hold its own public scoping meetings in the project area.
The Certificate Application for the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline (Docket Number: CP13-492-000) has been filed. Among other things, the Certificate Application contains a description of the new facilities, need for the project, detailed maps, schedules, and various environmental reports. This information details the various studies and analyses that have been conducted to determine what effect construction and operation could potentially have on the environment and community.
A copy of the application is available for viewing at local public libraries, as well as via FERC’s website by referencing Docket Number CP13-492-000.
FERC will prepare an environmental evaluation using information included in the Certificate Application, supplemental information that may be provided by the company upon request, information assembled by FERC staff, as well as information provided by state and federal agencies and the public. The evaluation will describe the proposed project and alternatives, as well as identify existing environmental conditions and potential impacts from the project.
If FERC determines that the project is environmentally acceptable – and is satisfied the project is in the public interest – it will issue an Order granting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. FERC issues this document to signify that approval has been granted to build and operate the pipeline.
It is important to the partners to be a good neighbor in Oregon and conduct business in a manner that protects the natural environment. We work together with any affected county and city agencies during construction or maintenance projects.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
National Marine Fisheries Service
Oregon Dept. Of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Bureau of Land Management
Oregon Division of State Lands
Oregon Dept. of Land Conservation and Development
Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
Oregon Dept. of Forestry
Coos County Planning Commission
Douglas County Planning Commission
Jackson County Planning Commission
Klamath County Planning Commission