A federal appeals court has upheld FERC’s approval of the Appalachia-to-Midwest Nexus Gas Transmission pipeline, siding with the Commission’s assessment of the public benefits of exported gas as part of its certificate decision.

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Responding to a challenge filed by the City of Oberlin, OH, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) ruled Friday (July 8) that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted appropriately under federal law when it granted a certificate to Nexus.

The city had argued in part that FERC should not have considered demand for molecules bound for export when assessing the public need for the Nexus project.

The court disagreed, finding FERC’s defense of its decision-making process reasonable in the case of Nexus. The...