Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Now that EQT/NextEra has made a pre-filing with FERC and a docket number has been assigned, we can begin to send letters (via the FERC website or regular mail).  Be sure to include the docket number on all correspondence.  The docket number for this project is PF15-3-000.

Contacting FERC

  • Set up an eSubscription and every time something new comes out about the project, you will be notified via email: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.  I highly recommend you do this as you will receive any comments, filings and notifications.
  • Our understanding is that electronic submissions to FERC are preferable to regular mail.  If you wish to send something via regular email, they will scan what you send and upload it into the project’s digital file.

Contacts at FERC:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426

For those who wish to address the Chairman directly:
Chairman Cheryl A. LaFluer
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426
Telephone: 202-502-8961

  •  Whichever format you use, electronic or regular mail, be sure to reference the project name “Mountain Valley Pipeline Project” and the docket number “PF15-3-000” at the top of your letter/comment.  Be sure to identify the EQT/NextEra Mountain Valley Pipeline at the top of your letter such as:

Re: Docket Number PF15-3 – [Harmful impacts of/Opposition to] the proposed EQT/NextEra Mountain Valley Pipeline in [area] of Virginia

  • We have provided a detailed outline of the FERC pre-filing and approval process with annotations as to various things you can do at different stages.  You can access this at: http://preservethenrv.com/ferc-process/.
  • We have sample letters for FERC posted at: http://preservethenrv.com/sample-letters/.  While you are welcome to use these as a reference or a place to get started, it is our understanding that FERC does not respond favorably when citizens flood them with the same letter.  It would be best for our cause if you write a personal letter; and contact FERC multiple times.  They need to hear our voices.  We also have talking points you may want to use in your letters posted at http://preservethenrv.com/talking-points-for-letters/.
  • We recommend using a focused approach in your letter.  It is better to have your letter focus on a one or two topics rather than using the “everything and the kitchen sink” approach.  If you have multiple items to discuss with FERC, send multiple letters.
  • You may also send FERC copies of letters you have sent to federal, state and local legislators.  You can also send them any resolutions passed by local government against the project.  If you have any documentation or scientific evidence included in what  you provide to FERC, you should include this or provide them with the appropriate references to support your assertions.