AGA Comments on Water Resources Permitting in California for Natural Gas Projects (Dec. 7, 2012)
On December 7, AGA filed the attached comments with the Government Accountability Office s Natural Resources division, explaining water resources permitting programs in California, and the opportunities for expediting natural gas project permits through better coordination between federal, state and local authorities for these permits. Our members provided feedback regarding the overlaps in environmental permits and review for water resources in California.
Our comments below outline the water resources permitting framework in California and provide documentation of these requirements as requested by your office. The interactions between the numerous requirements for water resource permitting and related environmental reviews are then explained in the context of two examples given by our member companies on overlapping reviews at multiple levels of government, and solutions for these overlaps are suggested so that permitting processes for California natural gas projects can be better managed by the collaboration of regional federal agency offices and their counterpart state agencies and local authorities.