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
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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