Last week we posted an article about commenting to FERC on revising its policies on review and authorization of natural gas pipeline proposals, policies which have not been revised since 1989! FERC is “seeking information and stakeholder perspectives to help the Commission explore whether, and if so, how, to revise existing policies regarding its review and authorization of interstate natural gas transportation facilities under section 7 of the Natural Gas Act.”
The deadline for comments is July 25, 2018.
In our post last week we provided instructions for commenting. After several people had problems with both searching for previous comments or making their own comments on the FERC Web page, a call by Friends of Nelson to FERC resulted in revised instructions:
- To search for comments, enter only the docket number (PL18-1), and do NOT include the sub-docket number; the system does not recognize sub-dockets numbers for anything but projects.
- One cannot submit comments for this using e-comments – you must use e-filing. Apparently the simpler-to-use e-comments will only accept comments on projects, not on policy review.
The person to whom we talked at FERC kept saying, “Yes, we know there are all kinds of problems with the system, and yes, we know it is down a lot – they really need something better because it can’t handle the volume.” Seems like that is worthy of comment in and of itself!
With this new information, we urge everyone to comment to FERC on their permitting process.
You can also send comments and letters by U.S. mail, addressed to:
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426
West Virginia Public Broadcasting has published an interesting article, How Would You Improve the Natural Gas Pipeline Process? It discusses comments made by many people, and includes links to their comments.