Update: April Keating reports that FERC has informed her that people can make comments to FERC up until the day a pipeline is approved. So, continue piping up! FERC is especially looking for comments during the EIS period, which is the time the agency is trying to identify problems. Pipe up!
Below is information from FERC (or Commission) on commenting on the agency’s preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Docket No. PF15-31-000, the Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC’s Mountaineer Xpress pipeline project. The proposal includes building 167 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipe through 14 counties in western WV, from Marshall to Wayne counties, with a spur of 24-inch-diameter pipeline in Doddridge County, replacement of 30-inch diameter in Cabell County and construction of three new compressor stations. We’re talking massive land and wetlands disruption.
The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please carefully follow these instructions so that your comments are properly recorded.
(1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission’s Web site under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project;
(2) You can file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature on the Commission’s Web site under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select “Comment on a Filing” as the filing type; or
(3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address. Be sure to reference the project docket number (PF15-31-000) with your submission:
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE., Room 1A,
Washington, DC, 20426.
Be sure to read through this FERC document for a summary of the project and FERC’s EIS process.
For ideas on what to include in your comments, check out:
What to Say to FERC at Pipeline EIS Scoping Meeting?