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FERC HDD Guidance
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DCA members, in 2018, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a draft “Guidance to Horizontal Directional Drilling Monitoring, Inadvertent Return Response, and Contingency Plans” intended to assist with the development of HDD monitoring and describe how to appropriately respond to an inadvertent return (IR). The Guidance also included the commission’s expectations regarding contingency plans maintained by HDD stakeholders, as well as help improve the quality and consistency of HDD plans and enhancing the efficiency of FERC’s environmental review authority. DCA submitted extensive comments to the draft Guidance, representing contractors who commonly engage in HDD operations.
Attached is the final Guidance document, released by FERC earlier this month. If you have any questions regarding this document, please contact Eben Wyman at 703-750-1326 or at

FERC Guidance to HDD Monitoring, Inadvertent Return Response, and Contingency Plan