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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is responsible for authorizing the siting, construction, and operation of interstate natural gas pipelines, natural gas storage fields, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities pursuant to Sections 3 and 7 of the Natural Gas Act of 1938 (NGA). Virtually all applications to FERC for interstate natural gas projects require some level of coordination with one or more federal agencies to satisfy FERC's requirements for environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Act. In addition, most states require review of natural gas pipeline projects by state agencies responsible for energy facility siting, environmental impact analysis and permitting.

The May 2002 Interagency Agreement (IA) between FERC and other regulatory and resources agencies applies to those projects where FERC would normally prepare an environmental assessment (EA) or an environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to its siting authority under the NGA on behalf of sponsored natural gas companies. The IA provides a framework designed to expedite and streamline environmental and historic preservation reviews that must be conducted in conjunction with the processing of proposals and applications for licensing these projects from FERC.

Normandeau has a large number of field scientists and permitting specialists who assist our gas company clients and their consultants in evaluating potential natural resource impacts associated with pipeline facilities. The following are examples of services we provide for terrestrial, submarine, and off-shore gas projects:

  • Site Evaluation and GIS Project Development
  • Rare, Threatened and Endangered Species, Critical Habitats and ESA Permitting
  • Wetland Delineation, Functional Assessments, Permitting
  • FERC Environmental Resource Report Numbers 2 (Water Use and Quality) and 3 (Fish, Wildlife and Vegetation)
  • Natural Resources Data Management and Analysis
  • State Level Environmental Quality Reports
  • 404(B)(1) Evaluations and Alternatives Analysis for Permitting Compliance
  • Essential Fish Habitat Studies
  • Habitat Restoration Designs
  • Regulatory Strategy and Public Outreach

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Normandeau scientists have extensive experience associated with many federal and state listed wildlife species. Examples include:

  • Florida Mastiff Bat, Gray Bat, Hawaiian Hoary Bat, Indiana Bat, Northern Long-eared Bat, Townsend's Big-eared Bat, Virginia Big-eared Bat
  • American Brook Lamprey, Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon, Atlantic Salmon, Blackbanded Sunfish, Bull Trout, Etowah Darter, Highscale Shiner, Maryland Darter, Pallid Sturgeon, Roanoke Logperch, Warmouth
  • Baltimore Checkerspot, Black Dash, Karner Blue Butterfly, Mulberry Wing
  • Allegheny Woodrat, Canada Lynx, Delmarva Fox Squirrel, New England Cottontail, Northern Flying Squirrel, Prebles Meadow Jumping Mouse, Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel
  • Eastern Box Turtle, Eastern Hognose Snake, Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake, Wood Turtle
  • Chattahoochee Crawfish, Clubshell Mussel, Dwarf Wedge Mussel, Northern Riffleshell, Pink Mucket Pearly Mussel, Rare Mussels
  • Hellbender Salamander

Normandeau has assessed hundreds of miles of pipeline corridor for federally and state listed rare, threatened or endangered plant species, as well. We can provide our clients with an exhaustive list of species upon request.