FERC Pipeline Review Comment Process -- PL18-1-000
FERC’s Pipeline Review Process Needs Reform!
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) operates as a Rubber Stamp on the pipeline infrastructure projects that come before it for review, with FERC approval being a foregone conclusion once the project goes before the FERC Commissioners for their vote.
In addition to FERC’s rubber stamp process, FERC:
- relies on biased consultants to advance their reviews,
- uses tactics that prevent impacted property owners and members of the community from challenging projects before they advance through eminent domain and construction, undermining the authority of states and other regulatory agencies,
- uses truncated reviews, as well as false and misleading information to hide the true impacts of projects,
- fails to consider the true climate changing impacts of their projects,
- uses tactics and strategies to prevent and/or minimize public comment, and
- uses every opportunity to advance the goals of the pipeline companies over the health, safety and needs of our people and environments.
On April 25, 2018 FERC opened a 60 day public comment period regarding how FERC carries out its review and approval of natural gas pipeline infrastructure. (You can read the full notice here). Due to an outpouring of comment urging more time, the comment period has been extended to July 25.
This is a critical opportunity to demonstrate to FERC, the press, elected officials and the world, the massive outpouring of concern with FERC’s biased review process and the critical need for reform.
Please take this opportunity to comment yourself and to sign on to a petition being signed by thousands across the nation. Sign on petition can be found HERE
In Addition, Be Sure to Submit Your Own Personal Letter. You can easily do so using 1 of the following 3 ways:
1) Submit your comments through the Delaware Riverkeeper Network online system using the Delaware Riverkeeper Network portal. Get help with talking points, add your own personal subject line and text, once you submit your comment through the system, we will print and submit your letter on your behalf. New talking points will be added regularly, you can submit as many comments as you want, so please check back often to submit a fresh set of comments.
2) Submit your comments directly through the FERC online portal: instruction for how to do so can be found HERE. Talking Points to consider for your comment can be found HERE.
3) Submit your comments via mail to:
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Secretary of the Commission
888 First Street NE
Washington, DC 2042
Be sure to reference Docket No. PL18-1-000. Ideas for your comment can be found HERE.
Please note: There is NO Need to Intervene for Docket number PL18-1-000
According to a FERC representative communicating with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network: “You do not need to submit a motion to intervene in the proceeding, a PL proceeding of this kind does not accept anyone trying to intervene as party. If the commission decides to take some further action, there would be an opportunity at that time to express your interest to intervene”
The VOICES coalition (Victory Over InFRACKstructure, Clean Energy inStead) of which Delaware Riverkeeper Network is a leading member, is urging communities across the nation, whether you are faced with a FERC infrackstructure project or not, to comment early and often. There is no limit on the number of times you can comment. We need your voice.