According to an April 2, 2017, report in DeSmog, Merjent, an environmental consulting company hired by FERC as an independent third-party contractor to assist in the review of the proposed ACP, has strong ties to Natural Resource Group, Dominion’s main environmental and engineering contractor for the proposed ACP.
Dominion records submitted to FERC say that Dominion hired Natural Resource Group for a variety of tasks, including environmental and permitting services and field surveys, and Natural Resource Group was behind many of the resource reports for the proposed ACP. But Natural Resource Group, which has been working on the ACP since 2014, is one of Merjent’s clients. Additionally, “DeSmog has also found that eight Merjent employees currently reviewing the Atlantic Coast pipeline — more than a third of its team members for the project — previously worked for Natural Resource Group.” Is Merjent an independent third-party contractor? Not really!