The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) set out a voluntary program for increasing stakeholder involvement in pre-application activities by allowing applicants, at their election, to participate in a collaborative process that includes environmental analysis and issue resolution. It is designed to bring stakeholders together so that issues, especially potentially contentious issues, can be identified earlier in the process and, if possible, resolved before the applicant submits its application to FERC.
Inherent in our approach is our role as mediator to assure projects meet the client’s purpose and need while satisfying regulatory requirements. We advocate a proactive, cooperative approach to most permitting projects, involving jurisdictional agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders at the onset of the design and implementation stages. Our excellent rapport with local, regional, and federal regulators allows for frank and decisive discussions and resolutions for our projects. This approach minimizes regulatory roadblocks by allowing for early input from regulators and stakeholders, proactive problem solving, and expedient issuance of permits.
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