Wednesday, January 27, 2016

EPA Asks FERC to Review its Guidance Manual for Environmental Report Preparation

On January 20, 2016, U.S. EPA suggested that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) review its recently updated Guidance Manual for Environmental Report Preparation for Applications filed under the Natural Gas Act to be more up-to-date with regulatory information on methane emissions.

The primary purpose of this guidance manual is to provide regulatory information to energy companies in order to help them prepare the environmental documentation that is submitted to the FERC for approval of natural gas projects. FERC released its revised version in December 2015; the manual had not been updated since 2002.

According to a media report, “EPA urged FERC to include a separate detailed section advising applicants on reporting a range of information related to climate change impacts and GHG emissions, including mitigation measures and a discussion of both ‘emissions from the construction and operation of the project’ as well as ‘emissions associated with the production, transport, and combustion of the natural.’”

Written by Chloe Marie - Research Fellow

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