The Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Siting Act
403.9401-.9425, F.S., is the state’s process for
licensing the construction and operation of natural
gas pipelines within Florida.
Responsibilities for Permitting Natural Gas
- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
regulates interstate natural gas transmission
and reviews proposals to build interstate
natural gas pipelines.
- The Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) handles in-state environmental
regulatory matters for wetlands crossings,
discharge of hydrostatic test waters and other
- Other state and local agencies may also be
involved in regulatory matters for intrastate
natural gas pipelines.
What is a Transmission Pipeline?
A transmission pipeline transports gas from a
gathering line or storage facility to a distribution
center or storage facility. A transmission pipeline
may also transport gas within a storage field.
Natural gas pipelines that are exempt from
the Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Siting Act
- Pipelines that do not cross a county
line or are less than 15 miles in length.
- Pipelines owned and operated by a local
- Pipelines being licensed as an
associated facility under the Power Plant
Applicants may use the licensing process under
the Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Siting Act for
projects exempt from the Act.
Certification Process for Transmission
The certification process and procedural
requirements are similar to those for electrical
transmission lines, including the ability of parties
to propose alternate corridors and the possibility
that an alternate corridor will be the one
A difference between the two Acts is that
electrical transmission corridors can be up to a
mile wide, while under the Natural Gas Transmission
Pipeline Siting Act, corridors can only be one-third
mile wide. This reduces the amount of area to be
reviewed and the number of people who may
potentially be affected by the pipeline.
As with transmission lines, safety and land
ownership questions frequently arise about natural
gas pipeline location. In Florida, safety
jurisdiction for natural gas pipelines lies with the
Public Service Commission, but DEP's Siting
Coordination Office can answer questions or
recommend an appropriate contact at the Public
Regarding land ownership, utilities typically
offer to buy land necessary for a project at fair
market value and an agreeable sale is negotiated.
However, certification does empower the company with
the right of eminent domain.
Procedural Rules for Natural Gas Transmission
The procedural rule for Natural Gas Transmission
62-807, F.A.C., [PDF -
79KB]. All nonprocedural rules that would
otherwise apply to such a facility also apply to a
No projects have been certified under the Natural
Gas Pipeline Siting Act.