Who Regulates Pipeline Construction?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates many aspects of interstate natural gas transmission pipeline construction, including approval and siting for new pipeline facilities. Companies must submit an application to FERC in order to construct natural gas transmission pipelines and facilities. FERC considers environmental and landowner impacts, whether there is a public need for the project and approves the rates that pipelines are permitted to charge for interstate shipments of natural gas.

FERC routinely holds public meetings on proposed projects so landowners and other interested parties can ask questions and have access to the most up-to-date information about the project.

FERC has an informative citizen’s guide that fully explains the FERC review process and answers questions about what it means to have a proposed or operating interstate natural gas facility on one’s land.

For more information about the FERC project evaluation process, visit FERC’s website at