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Prior to pipeline construction jobs, Dominion and other pipeline construction projects, a variety of local, provincial and federal permits and approvals. Licenses for all our natural resources - soil, air, water, vegetation and fauna and the interests of the public. Conditions for the Cove Point Expansion Project comprises:


  • Building permits
  • crossing permits
  • earth (erosion and sedimentation permit)
  • water (hydro-static test water purchase and discharge permit, Storm Water Discharge Permit)
  • stream and river ITEMS (State Environmental Agency)
  • Cultural Resources Preservation (State Historic Preservation Office)
  • to protect threatened and endangered species (State Agency for Fish & Wildlife)
  • emissions in the air (State Environmental Agency)
Federal --
  • and the conservation of wetlands ITEMS (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  • streams and rivers (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  • endangered and threatened species (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Agency)
  • emissions in the air (the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Environmental Resource Reports
  • Sound (FERC)

Copies of all licenses and permits must be lodged with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) before the start of pipeline construction, if necessary.
To the approval for the construction jobs in pipeline of the Cove Point Expansion project sponsors, a detailed project plan with the FERC. In addition, this plan also maps with the first pipeline route, a description of the proposed pipeline facilities, and 13 specific environmental resource reports. These include issues such as reports, such as water use and quality, vegetation, flora and fauna, cultural resources, socio-economic, geological resources, soils, land, air and noise quality and design alternatives.

In FERC has the authority to approve the location and construction of pipelines. This is achieved through the issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity (certificate). Before the Commission approves the pipeline construction jobs, there will be a thorough review to determine whether the project is in the public interest. This evaluation includes an assessment of need, the cost of transporting gas from the pipeline, financing and competition in the market. The Commission also has an ecological assessment of the environmental impact study or evaluation of the project expected impact on society and the environment.

A part of the Commission's evaluation includes public meetings in some communities by the project. Announcements of these public meetings will be held in the local newspapers. The meetings provide a forum for the community to ask questions and any comments or observations about the project.

The time taken for the review is expected to be approximately 16 months after he filed Cove Point expansion project. If a certificate is issued, the Commission will begin pipeline construction when the conditions in the order of the certificate of compliance.


At February 8, 2009 at 8:15 AM carol said...

definitly useful pipline construction information, thanks for documenting it.


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