The Funder Collaborative on Oil and Gas recently released The Advocate’s Guide to Effective Participation in Environmental Permit Proceedings for New and Expanded Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Export Facilities. The guide is for advocates who want to challenge the construction of gas export terminals, which are some of the largest pollution sources built in the United States today. The goal of the guide is to help communities exercise their legal right to contest permit approvals that do not meet all the legal requirements.
To help advocates navigate the guide and understand how to best utilize it, a short video series accompanies the guide that explains certain chapters, including those on FERC, DOE, and the Army Corps of Engineers. A full playlist of all the videos can be found here.
In addition, there are a series of checklists to help you start participating in the permitting process. A good place to start is the Overview Checklist. Once you have reviewed that, there are additional checklists on:
- FERC- as a participant
- FERC- as an observer
- DOE Authorization
- Army Corps Section 404
- Clean Water Act Section 401 (particularly for Louisiana and Texas)
- Clean Air Act (particularly for Louisiana and Texas)