With more time allotted, the Big Bend Conservation Alliance expects greater community participation
On Aug. 5, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) extended the comment deadline for the Environmental Assessment scoping period on the proposed Trans-Pecos Pipeline. Administrative law requires at least 30 days between Notification of Intent (NOI), in its slowest form, to the comment filing deadline. The deadline has been pushed back from August 24th to September 4th.
“It has come to our attention that the environmental mailing list was not provided timely copies of the NOI. Therefore, notice is hereby given that the scoping period is extended to September 4, 2015.” Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., FERC Deputy Secretary wrote in a statement released to all Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC Docket No. CP15500000 commenters
The 300+ individuals who initially submitted comments to FERC and are on the environmental service list must all be contacted by U.S. Mail for service on the docket, as well as all local and state government agencies, libraries, and local newspapers. While an electronic notification went out over 30 days prior to the deadline, many commenters did not receive their notification in the mail until this week.
“Individual citizens, landowners, and interested participants in the FERC Environmental Assessment scoping comment process benefit from the extension of the scoping period deadline.
“Big Bend Conservation Alliance members are encouraged by the additional time the extended deadline provides impacted parties. We are confident the extra time will allow for increased participation in the comment process.” BBCA member and volunteer researcher Coyne Gibson
The Big Bend Conservation Alliance is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the Big Bend as one of the last great unspoiled places in Texas.
Step by step guide on how to file a FERC comment: http://www.bigbendconservationalliance.org/submitting_an_e_file_comment_to_ferc_on_line