Why is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doing an Environmental Impact Statement for NiSource’s Habitat Conservation Plan and Incidental Take Permit Application?
The level of review needed under NEPA depends on whether any significant effects to the environment may result from the proposed action. The Service has determined that an Environmental Impact Statement is an appropriate level of review for this project. This means that there will be formal consultation throughout the NEPA process, which includes public scoping and public comment periods, and involvement of cooperating agencies.