The License Application for the Lake Powell Pipeline will be filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by May 2 (since the April 30th deadline falls on a Saturday), and FERC is anticipated to post the application on its website within a few business days of that filing. The license application is a compilation of research, field studies and environmental analysis.
The application includes all of the required study reports. After the License Application filing and agency evaluation, it is anticipated that FERC will manage an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process according to regulations outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which allows for public input. Multiple alignment and route alternatives will be evaluated, which could have a significant impact on the size, scope and cost of the potential project. The EIS is anticipated to take at least two years from the time it is initiated to complete.
A preliminary licensing proposal (PLP) was filed with FERC in early December 2015.There was a 90 day public review of the PLP, followed by a 60 day window for revisions after the PLP was submitted. The finalized PLP is now part of Exhibit E within the License Application. The PLP and draft study reports were updated during this period based on new available information, feedback from federal, state and regional agencies and input from the public.
“We received a lot of feedback on the PLP, and we recognize the time and effort a lot of people and organizations put into it. We feel the license application is stronger as a result,” said Eric Millis, Utah Division of Water Resources Director.
FERC will make the License Application accessible via its website, and those interested can review the application by searching for Lake Powell Pipeline documents using docket number P-12966 here: http://elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/search/fercgensearch.asp. Those interested can use the search criteria to be as specific or general as needed.