The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues guidelines for reporting on cultural resources investigations for natural gas projects: A summary of the tribal engagement provisions

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Office of Energy Projects, recently issued its Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas Projects (Guidelines). FERC is responsible for authorizing the siting and construction of onshore and near-shore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import or export facilities under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act. FERC, under Section 7 of the Natural Gas Act, also issues certificates of public convenience and necessity for LNG facilities engaged in interstate natural gas transportation by pipeline. The Guidelines provide guidance to project sponsors on how to assist FERC in meeting its Section 106 consultation requirements under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) as part of the process of gaining authorization for interstate natural gas projects. The Guidelines do not replace the existing regulations under the Natural Gas Act.

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