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Natural Gas Pipeline & Storage Permitting Processes

Natural gas certificate processes include consulting with stakeholders, identifying environmental issues through scoping, and preparing environmental documents such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. Large projects may also include a preliminary determination based on non-environmental considerations. Certificates are issued by Commission order.

The certificate process has three parts:

  1. Applicant's Planning Process
  2. Application Process
  3. Construction Process

  4. A pre-filing process allows FERC staff to become involved with scoping of environmental issues before the applicant files its application. So, the applicant's planning process overlaps and is combined with the FERC process:

  5. Pre-Filing Process

  6. EIS Environmental Review Process - Schematic
    EA Environmental Review Process - Schematic

The Construction Process follows the Environmental Pre-Filing Process.