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FERC Calls Conference on TriState

FERC Calls Conference on TriState

FERC has called on staff to convene a technical conference to review various options to "resolve the jurisdictional and policy issues" posed by the proposed TriState Pipeline project. The Commission issued an order calling for the conference after it failed to act last week on TriState's request for "expedited rehearing" of a May decision in which it shelved the Chicago-to-Dawn Hub project as proposed and suggested other options for the sponsors to pursue.

As part of its project, TriState - which is sponsored by CMS Gas Transmission and Storage and Westcoast Energy - seeks to lease 123 miles of pipeline (saving $179 million) from Consumers Energy. The leased Consumers Energy line would be operated by Consumers, according to the sponsors, and would perform a "dual-use" role as both an interstate and state-regulated intrastate transporter, which caused FERC to have jurisdictional concerns about the project.

Although "we are willing to consider possible options in addition to those we have suggested [in the May order], parties should bear in mind that with a minor exception, the Commission has not approved dual jurisdictional natural gas pipeline facilities," the order said [CP99-61-001]. FERC directed staff to hold the conference within 30 days.

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