Permitting Process

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the lead federal agency in charge of overseeing the permitting process for interstate natural gas transmission pipelines.

To guide its decision making process, FERC will conduct a comprehensive environmental review of the project, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Throughout this process, FERC will work closely with other federal, state, and local agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, among others. Landowners and the general public will also have numerous opportunities to participate in the process by attending public meetings and providing public comments to FERC.

Before the formal environmental review of the project begins, NEXUS will spend approximately an entire year engaging with and gathering input from impacted stakeholders in what is known as the FERC Pre-File process. Once the Pre-File process is completed toward the end of 2015, NEXUS will file an Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity with FERC, which will initiate the formal environmental review of the project. The Application will describe the purpose and commercial need for the project, the transportation rate to be charged to customers, proposed project facilities, and how the company will comply with all applicable regulatory requirements. NEXUS will evaluate project alternatives, identify a preferred route, and complete a thorough environmental analysis.

FERC will then review the Application in order to evaluate the need, proposed facility locations, and overall impact of project construction and operation, and will summarize its findings in an Environmental Impact Statement. Should FERC determine that the project is necessary and appropriate, it will issue a Certificate authorizing construction of the NEXUS project.

Below is a brief summary of the key phases of the permitting process for the NEXUS project.


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Landowner Informational Meetings
4th Qtr 2014

As part of NEXUS Gas Transmission’s commitment to ongoing engagement with impacted communities, we held a series of 9 landowner informational meetings in October and November 2014 to provide a basic overview of the project and allow opportunities for stakeholders to raise questions or concerns at an early stage in the project’s development.


FERC Pre-File Process
1st Qtr 2015 – 4th Qtr 2015

FERC has established a collaborative Pre-Filing Process that allows landowners, government agencies and other stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the project and provide feedback to the company and agency before a Certificate Application is submitted to FERC. This process will include numerous opportunities for public comment.


Informational Open Houses
1st Qtr 2015

Subsequent to initiating the FERC Pre-filing Process, NEXUS hosted 10 informational open houses for all interested stakeholders. The meetings provided stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the project and provide input directly to the NEXUS project team.


FERC Scoping Process
1st Qtr 2015 – 4th Qtr 2015

The Pre-File process includes a scoping period and FERC hosted scoping meetings to gather input from stakeholders about the potential environmental impacts that should be considered in the agency’s environmental review. FERC will evaluate and address all issues raised during the scoping period in the Environmental Impact Statement.


Draft Resource Reports & Route Selection
2nd & 3rd Qtr 2015

In June 2015, NEXUS filed twelve draft Resource Reports with FERC, which included updated information on project purpose and need and a detailed analysis of initial alternative routes. The proposed route reflected in the Resource Reports was selected in order to serve the growing natural needs of Northern Ohio markets, while minimizing environmental impacts. NEXUS will submit a full evaluation of all potential alternatives in its Certificate Application in late 2015.


Certificate Application & FERC Review
4th Qtr 2015 – 4th Qtr 2016

NEXUS will file a Certificate Application with FERC during the 4th quarter of 2015. The FERC Application initiates the agency’s formal environmental review of the project. During this period, FERC will evaluate all potential environmental impacts, as well as the company’s plans to address and minimize these impacts. Stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to comment on the agency’s draft and final Environmental Impact Statements.


FERC Certificate Decision
4th Qtr 2016

Once FERC has issued the final Environmental Impact Statement and reviewed all comments provided by landowners, government agencies and other interested stakeholders, the agency will decide whether the project is in the interest of public convenience and necessity. Should FERC deem the project is in the interest of public convenience and necessity, a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity will be issued.

Agencies in the Permitting Process

​Throughout its environmental review of the NEXUS project, FERC will work closely with other federal, state, and local agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, to fully evaluate potential environmental impacts and determine whether to approve the project. Below is a list of some of the key consulting agencies that will actively participate in the FERC review process.

  • Federal
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • National Parks Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • State
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Ohio Office of Historic Preservation
  • Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Office of Historic Preservation
  • Michigan Department of Transportation
  • Local
  • County Boards of Commissioners (Ohio & Michigan)
  • County Historic Preservation Offices (Ohio & Michigan)
  • Local Departments of Public Works (Ohio & Michigan)
  • Village, Town & City Councils (Ohio & Michigan)

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Send Comments to FERC

The easiest way to express your support to FERC is by clicking on the link below to use the eComment feature located on the Commission’s website. This is an easy method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project.

FERC eComment

Should you prefer to send a hard copy letter of support to FERC, please use the project reference and address below:

NEXUS Gas Transmission Project,
FERC Docket No. CP16-22-000

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