Permitting challenges can significantly affect the overall success of any project by causing delays and disruption. U.S. Energy-related projects are typically costly and complex, with progress and completion of many projects reliant on acquiring FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) authorization.
Successful permitting of FERC-jurisdictional projects demands experience, attention to detail, foresight and high-quality documents that satisfy regulatory responsibilities.
With multiple agencies and stakeholder groups often involved in the FERC permitting process, organizations need to be able to effectively manage cross-party coordination and communication.
Facilitating the permitting process
ERM has in-depth knowledge of the energy industry and more than 20 years’ experience working with and independently for the FERC. We assist our energy sector clients through either direct applicant support or as a third-party FERC contractor. We offer a full range of permitting and compliance services, from pre-application meetings and stakeholder outreach to environmental assessments/environmental impact statements, and compliance monitoring.
We appreciate that the financial and competitive value of obtaining required FERC permits as quickly as possible is very significant - we approach the process to maximize positive business outcomes for our clients.
Our applications and subsequent submittals are carefully planned, well presented and thorough. Our FERC capabilities and credentials include:
- Evaluating and/or permitting thousands of miles of pipeline, more than 20 domestic liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal projects, and scores of natural gas storage facilities and ancillary sites;
- Preparing documentation necessary for FERC permitting and compliance including environmental resource reports, data responses, preconstruction filings, and implementation plans; and
- Facilitating cooperation between and satisfying the requirements of multiple agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
ERM is also working under its second five-year contract with FERC to provide nationwide training on its permitting process and compliance management program. Collaborating with FERC staff to prepare these sessions provides ERM staff with unique insights on current and emerging regulatory issues.
Recognized as an industry leader in preparing high-quality documents that satisfy FERC's and cooperating agencies' regulatory requirements, ERM consistently expedites the permitting process for our energy clients.
Projects and the regulatory landscape can change between project concept and execution. In this shifting environment, ERM remains diligent in tracking regulatory developments, adapting and responding to changes, and building and maintaining relationships. By effectively and efficiently addressing complex issues, we help ensure the timely progress of new energy projects, which optimizes time-to-value and safeguards competitive advantage.