A thorough permitting process to protect the community and the environment
Enable is committed to siting, constructing, operating and maintaining its pipeline in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. We work closely with state and federal regulators to ensure that all applicable safety and environmental standards, which are implemented to protect the public and the environment, are met.
Review and Permitting
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the federal agency charged with determining whether proposed interstate natural gas transmission projects are in the public convenience and necessity. As the lead federal agency for the project, the FERC will conduct a comprehensive environmental analysis of the project in compliance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the FERC regulations implementing NEPA.
Enable intends to utilize the FERC’s Pre-Filing Process, which provides all stakeholders (including federal, state and local agencies, landowners, and other interested individuals or groups) the opportunity for early cooperation and involvement in evaluating a project before a formal application is filed with the FERC. This process is also intended to provide a mechanism for identifying and resolving stakeholder concerns prior to submittal of the FERC application. Additional information regarding the FERC Pre-Filing and approval process can be found here.
A number of other federal, state and local regulatory agencies also have approval authority or consultation responsibilities for portions of the Gulf Run Pipeline project. Many of those agencies are expected to participate in the Pre-Filing review process or issue permit authorizations for the project, including:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Louisiana Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation
Enable expects to begin the permitting process in 2019 and, pending receipt of applicable permits and regulatory approvals, construction would begin by 2022.