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The FM100 Project is a modernization and transportation capacity increase project proposed by National Fuel Gas. The proposed project will extend across two Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regions: 2 counties in the Northwest Region and 4 counties in the Northcentral Region.

Below is information on DEP's review and approval of the permit applications and other useful project information. The material is presented here to enable the public to readily review the application material, any noted technical deficiencies and the company's responses to the technical deficiencies. Additional, materials will be added to the site as the Department continues with its review of the permit applications. Persons wishing to review the entire file for this application should contact the Department's Regional Permit Coordination Office File Review Coordinator at 717-772-5987 to schedule a file review.

For those unfamiliar with DEP’s regulatory jurisdiction, DEP has the authority to review and make decisions on permit applications pursuant to environmental regulations such as:

Chapter 102, Erosion and Sediment Control which regulates erosion and sedimentation resulting from earthmoving activities. A pipeline project that exceeds five acres of total earth disturbance must obtain an Erosion Control Permit with plans and practices to control stormwater runoff both during and following earthmoving activities;

Chapter 105, Dam Safety and Waterway Management which regulates water obstructions and encroachments focused on activities located in, along, or across wetlands, lakes, streams and floodways;

For some pipeline projects, DEP also processes a State Water Quality Certification. Pursuant to Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act, DEP will ensure that activities associated with proposed interstate natural gas transmission pipeline projects regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) comply with state water quality standards. This certification is often authorized conditionally and serves as an index for all DEP water-related permits/approvals that may be required for a pipeline project to demonstrate compliance with state water quality standards.

The reviews of these permit applications are often coordinated with other DEP Programs including, but not limited to, Clean Water (NPDES Permitting for Discharges from Hydrostatic Testing), Air Quality (Air Quality Permitting), Solid Waste Management, Oil and Gas Management, and Bureau of Mining Programs. DEP may also coordinate the review of these permits with other agencies such as County Conservation Districts, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, the PA Game Commission, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the PA Department of Agriculture, the PA Historic and Museum Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the River Basin Commissions. Please note that this is not an all-inclusive list of agencies and the type of activity associated with the project will dictate the agencies that will be involved.

DEP’s authority is limited regarding pipeline projects. For instance, DEP’s authority does not cover determination of the overall pipeline route, pipeline safety, or property rights such as eminent domain. Those issues may fall under the jurisdiction of other agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) or the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC).

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FM100 Project Overview Information Sheet

This information sheet (PDF) provides a summary of the project.

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Public Participation Information

State Water Quality Certification

On September 18, 2020, DEP received the following revised request for state water quality certification.

On September 8, 2020, DEP sent the following letter granting an extension of the timeline to submit the necessary information to address technical deficiencies in the state water quality certification.

On September 4, 2020, DEP received the following technical deficiency extension request for the state water quality certification.

On July 10, 2020, DEP sent a technical deficiency letter to the Applicant for its state water quality certification.

On April 18, 2020, the request for State Water Quality Certification was published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

On March 24, 2020, DEP considered the State Water Quality Certification permit application complete and commenced its technical review. The following completeness review letter was sent to the Applicant.

On February 24, 2020, DEP received the following additional response to the state water quality certification incompleteness review letter.

On February 5, 2020, DEP received the following response to the state water quality certification incompleteness review letter.

On December 24, 2019, DEP sent the following incompleteness review letter to the Applicant for its state water quality certification.

On November 21, 2019, DEP received a request for a state water quality certification. Once this request is considered complete and is published in the PA Bulletin, the public will have 30 days to provide comments.

Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 Permit Applications

On September 18, 2020, DEP received the following revised Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit applications.

On September 8, 2020, DEP sent the following letter granting an extension of the timeline to submit the necessary information to address technical deficiencies in the Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit applications.

On September 4, 2020, DEP received the following technical deficiency extension request for the Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit applications.

On August 27, 2020, DEP sent the following comments from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to the Applicant.

On July 10, 2020, DEP sent the following technical deficiency letters to the Applicant for its Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit applications for Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, McKean, & Potter Counties.

On March 24, 2020, DEP sent the following completeness letters to the applicant for its Chapter 102 and 105 permit applications.

On March 19, 2020, DEP sent the following withdrawl letter to the applicant for the Chapter 105 permit application for Clinton County.

On March 12, 2020, DEP received the following response to the request for additional information relating to Chapter 102 permit application.

On March 5, 2020, DEP sent the following incompleteness review email to the Applicant for their response to the Chapter 102 incompleteness review letter.

On February 24, 2020, DEP received the following additional response to the Chapter 105 incompleteness review letter.

On February 5, 2020, DEP received the following responses to the Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 incompleteness review letters.

On December 24, 2019, DEP sent the following incompleteness review letters to the Applicant for its Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit applications for Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, McKean, & Potter Counties. DEP cannot commence technical review until the applications are complete.

On November 21, 2019, DEP received the following Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit applications.