The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) exclusively authorizes the construction of new interstate natural gas facilities. FERC is also the lead federal agency responsible for conducting environmental reviews of interstate natural gas projects in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
On November 21, 2014, Sabal Trail filed an application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with FERC to construct and operate the project and was assigned docket number CP15-17-000. Prior to filing the formal application, Sabal Trail participated in FERC’s pre-file process and held nearly 50 public meetings with landowners, public officials, government agencies and community members to provide information and gather input on the Sabal Trail project. In addition, FERC held 13 scoping meetings in order to gather input about the project from the public and other interested stakeholders.
A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was issued by FERC on September 4, 2015, and the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was issued on December 18, 2015. Both the DEIS and FEIS evaluated and described how the Sabal Trail project affects the environment including impacts to local communities. The DEIS and FEIS incorporated FERC’s analysis of the Project and feedback and comments received from commenters and other state and federal agencies who are participating in the review of the Project. The DEIS and FEIS also contain FERC’s recommendations on ways that potential impacts can be reduced or mitigated.
On February 2, 2016, FERC issued the Sabal Trail project a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity under docket number CP15-17-000. The FERC Certificate is the final approval for the overall environmental determination and need of the project according to the National Environmental Policy Act. The Certificate comes after a comprehensive two and a half year review of the Sabal Trail project. Sabal Trail has also received all other authorizations, such as Army Corp of Engineers and other major state permits. On August 18, 2016, FERC issued a Notice to Proceed with construction for the Sabal Trail project and construction commenced along the pipeline in late August/early September 2016.
You may visit FERC’s website and the docket number to follow the Sabal Trail Project or visit Sabal Trail's website.
Construction is planned to commence in May 2016 and be placed in service by June 2017.