Blog   |   Oct 26th, 2015 From Objection to Objectivity—How Integrated Permitting and Public Outreach Strategies Can Keep your Project Moving Forward


As challenges to infrastructure permitting continue to grow, project developers recognize the need to provide information to the public and regulators as part of the process. But a good public outreach strategy goes beyond that. It’s vital to develop a proactive message that educates and engages, and the earlier the better.

Last week I was joined by my colleagues Mary Usovicz, Vice President of Business Development and Duane Peters, Regional Market Director to present a webinar about how integrated permitting and public outreach strategies can keep your project moving forward.

To view the webinar, please download the recording here.

We highlighted the drivers and keys to a successful public involvement process, including:

  • Taking ownership of the process: exploring the history and intent of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s new guidelines for stakeholder outreach;
  • Making stakeholder outreach part of the permitting process – a great and efficient marriage;
  • The 4 Siting W’s (“who, what, why and when”) and the critical steps in developing a public participation plan; and
  • A case study of how effective stakeholder outreach affected the permitting process.

For more information, please download the webinar recording or contact us with your questions.

Blog Author

Lauren O'Donnell

Lauren O'Donnell

Lauren O'Donnell is Vice President of Oil and Gas at TRC Companies, Inc. She is an integral member of TRC’s focused oil and gas initiative, developing and implementing strategies to assist TRC’s clients in securing federal permits for new energy infrastructure projects. Prior to joining TRC, O’Donnell was the Director of the Division of Gas-Environment and Engineering at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She directed the preparation, review, and approval of environmental documents for interstate natural gas pipelines, storage facilities, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals across the U.S., and ensured compliance with the FERC’s requirements during construction and operation. Contact Lauren at