FERC assesses the environmental aspects of the project, including the project's impact on landowners, communities and sensitive environmental areas. At this point, FERC, other agencies or the pipeline company may conduct public meetings so the community's views and concerns can be heard.
FERC reviews all concerns before making a final ruling on any natural gas pipeline. FERC may approve the pipeline project, with or without modifications, or reject it. For most major projects, the FERC process takes a year or longer. Once FERC issues its final order, natural gas pipeline construction usually starts within a few weeks.