FERC to update environmental measures for new pipeline construction

On 31 October 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a notice of intent to review its Upland Erosion Control and Revegetation and Maintenance Plan ("Erosion Control Plan") and Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures ("Wetland Mitigation Procedures") (collectively "Plan and Procedures") to determine whether there are appropriate updates or improvements to adopt at this time, in light of current laws and regulations and improved environmental protection measures. Commission Staff is seeking comments from the natural gas industry, federal and state regulators, and others with expertise in environmental issues commonly associated with pipeline projects. Comments are due 18 January 2012.

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