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Siting and Right of Way for Natural Gas Pipelines

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ( www.ferc.gov ) regulates interstate natural gas transmission pipelines and reviews proposals to build new interstate natural gas pipelines.

New construction of intrastate natural gas pipelines under the jurisdiction of the Pipeline Safety Office may require the pipeline operator to request a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) or a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (CECPN) as required by Arkansas Code Annotated §23-3-201 and §23-18-501 respectively from the Arkansas Public Service Commission (Commission).

The Arkansas Public Service Commission does not have jurisdictional authority for intrastate hazardous liquids pipelines within the State. These lines are jurisdictional to the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.

Navigable waterway crossings of pipelines (either interstate or intrastate) are under the jurisdiction of the Commission and require the pipeline operator to file with the Commission a request for a Navigable Water Crossing prior to beginning construction. (Arkansas Code Annotated §23-3-501)

As referenced above, and before construction can begin, the pipeline company must file a detailed project plan with the Commission, which will either approve or disapprove the pipeline location and construction.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (http://www.adeq.state.ar.us/) maintains jurisdiction of in-state environmental regulatory matters for discharge of hydrostatic test waters and other applicable areas.

Other state and local agencies may also be involved in regulatory matters for intrastate natural gas pipelines.