Our Environmental Review and Compliance for Natural Gas Facilities Seminar is anticipated to return in-person in 2022. Please check back for training updates.
FERC staff will conduct training seminars entitled "Environmental Review and Compliance for Natural Gas Facilities," that will be held at various locations throughout the United States, check here for times and locations.
These training seminars will be delivered by FERC staff and consultants with significant industry experience and insights.
This 3-day interactive seminar will describe the FERC process from project concept to post-construction monitoring. The first part of the seminar will step you through the regulations and environmental analysis of a pipeline project focusing on Pre-filing, environmental report preparation, and the FERC application processes, including:
- An introduction to FERC and its jurisdiction.
- An overview of FERC's environmental regulations for natural gas pipeline, storage, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.
- A step-by-step description of the FERC environmental review process for a 7(c) project from Pre-Filing through issuance of a Notice to Proceed with Construction.
- Reporting and notification requirements for Blanket Certificate and 2.55 projects.
- Practical insights and examples.
The second part of the seminar will include a 45-minute introduction to pipeline construction for industry newcomers, a discussion of pre-construction preparation considerations, and a review of mitigation measures for pipeline construction and restoration, including:.
- A discussion of FERC's environmental compliance program for natural gas facilities from pre-construction preparation through restoration.
- A review of the baseline mitigation measures detailed in the FERC Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation, and Maintenance Plan and the FERC Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures.
- Real examples of implementation and compliance challenges.
There is no charge for seminar registration or attendance; however, space is limited and all participants must register in advance. Priority may be given to those who have not previously attended. Lodging will be available in the hotel at which the seminars will be presented. Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel reservations.
FERC staff also hosts Specialized Sessions to provide a deeper dive into specific or unique topics that may include:
- implementation of new regulations, policies, or guidance;
- individual FERC Environmental Resource Reports;
- implementation of FERC’s Plan and Procedures during pipeline construction/restoration; and
- stakeholder outreach.
Current planned Specialized Sessions:
September 21, 2021 - Resource Report 6 – Geological Resources for Natural Gas Project Applications
Online registration for this Session will begin on Friday, August 13, 2021 at noon Eastern. To register and for more information please visit: FERC Seminars (natgasfercseminar.com)
Resource Report 6 – Geology for Natural Gas Project Applications
This virtual session will focus on common deficiencies in reporting through karst, steep slopes, trenchless construction, and other geological resources that can result in requests for additional environmental information. The session is directed to professionals that work on Resource Report 6.
Please note: This session will not examine the geological requirements for liquefied natural gas terminals, nor will it cover natural gas storage.
Topics covered include:
- Trenchless Construction Methods; and FERC’s October 2019 Guidance for Horizontal Directional Drill Monitoring, Inadvertent Return Response, and Contingency Plans; Staff will present its data needs for natural gas pipeline applications that incorporate trenchless construction methods, including but not limited to Horizontal Directional Drilling, Conventional and Guided Bores, Micro-Tunneling, and Direct Pipe crossing methods;
- Pipeline Construction through Steep Slopes and Unstable Terrain; Based on past project experience, FERC staff will present data requirements and recommendations for a thorough landslide geohazard assessment and slope restoration analysis;
- Groundwater Common Resource Report 2 Deficiencies; Staff will present the importance of groundwater as an environmental resource, identify inadequately defined groundwater resource reporting, and point out inconsistencies between Resource Reports 2 and 6; and
- Pipeline Construction through Mature Karst Terrain; Staff will present and discuss the challenges of pipeline construction through mature karst terrain, our data needs to protect groundwater resources, and environmental receptors for projects sited through karst.