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How to Get Involved


The Commission provides a number of important opportunities for landowners and citizens to participate in decision making on proposed natural gas and hydroelectric projects.

These include:

  1. Attending and participating in public scoping meetings and environmental site reviews. Participants can tell Commission Staff about:
    1. Environmental and socioeconomic resources that are important and should be examined FERC
    2. Other alternatives to the proposed project that should be evaluated

  2. Commenting on the Commission's draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
    1. All timely comments are answered in the Final EA or EIS.
    2. Commenters should support any recommendations for any mitigative measures that they want the FERC to include in any approvals issued (hydropower licensees and natural gas certificates of public convenience).

  3. Asking the Commission's Alternative Dispute Resolution for assistance in resolving disputes with the energy company that is proposing a project.
    1. The Commission encourages applicants and citizens to resolve disputes
    2. The Commission also encourages applicants and affected organizations to enter into Settlement Agreements to resolve large, controversial hydropower projects and natural gas projects.

  4. Anyone can ask the Commission to reconsider its hydropower licensing and natural gas certification decisions. This is called a petition for rehearing.

Project Correspondence
Keeping up with and managing project-related correspondence is no small task. Prior to eFiling and eSubscription, this was a paper-intensive process. We encourage all participants who have computers and an email address (Yahoo and Microsoft Hotmail offer free email addresses) to:

  • Use eFiling to submit documents and comments to FERC;
  • Use eSubscription to subscribe to the project number of any hydroelectric or natural gas project in which they are interested;
  • Use the Calendar of Events, especially Scoping Meetings and Environmental Site Reviews; and
  • Become acquainted with the features of eLibrary.


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Office of External Affairs
Telephone: 202-502-8004
Toll-free: 1-866-208-3372
Email: customer@ferc.gov
 
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Updated: February 7, 2012