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House Lawmaker Critical of Natural Gas Pipes Questioning FERC’s Landowner Protections

House Lawmaker Critical of Natural Gas Pipes Questioning FERC’s Landowner Protections

A lawmaker serving on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform is questioning FERC over its protections for landowners impacted by natural gas pipeline construction. In a letter late last week to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman James Danly, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), chair of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties subcommittee, asked the agency…

November 24, 2020
‘Incredibly Well Qualified’ FERC Nominees Headed to Full Senate After Committee Vote

‘Incredibly Well Qualified’ FERC Nominees Headed to Full Senate After Committee Vote

The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee on Wednesday voted to advance a pair of President Trump’s FERC nominees for consideration by the full Senate, raising the prospect of restoring the agency to a full complement of five commissioners by the start of 2021. Trump tapped Republican Mark Christie and Democrat Allison Clements to…

November 19, 2020
Chatterjee Demoted at FERC; Trump Taps Danly as New Chairman

Chatterjee Demoted at FERC; Trump Taps Danly as New Chairman

FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee, who recently oversaw the agency’s efforts to encourage regional carbon pricing mechanisms, has been demoted and President Trump has named James Danly, the Commission’s other sitting Republican, as the new chief. Chatterjee, a former energy policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joined the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in…

November 6, 2020
Adelphia Gateway Natural Gas Pipeline Begins Construction in Eastern Pennsylvania

Adelphia Gateway Natural Gas Pipeline Begins Construction in Eastern Pennsylvania

Given clearance by FERC and state regulators, Adelphia Gateway LLC has started pre-construction on its brownfield natural gas pipeline expansion project in eastern Pennsylvania. Backed by New Jersey Resources Corp., the Adelphia project proposes converting part of an existing oil pipeline to natural gas to serve customers in the Greater Philadelphia area. Adelphia, which received…

October 27, 2020
EDF Fighting FERC’s Spire STL Decision, Citing ‘Clear Lack of Need’ for Natural Gas Pipe

EDF Fighting FERC’s Spire STL Decision, Citing ‘Clear Lack of Need’ for Natural Gas Pipe

The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is urging a federal appeals court to strike down FERC’s certificate for the 66-mile Spire STL Pipeline LLC, arguing that the Commission failed to follow its legal responsibilities when it approved the project in 2018. In particular, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s reliance on an affiliated precedent agreement in determining…

October 27, 2020
Double E Pipe Given FERC OK to Move Permian Natural Gas

Double E Pipe Given FERC OK to Move Permian Natural Gas

FERC last week approved the 1.35 million Dth/d Double E Pipeline LLC project to transport Permian Basin natural gas.  The Double E project would offer firm transportation service from producing areas in the Delaware sub-basin in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas to delivery points near the Waha hub.  Project backer Summit Midstream Partners LP…

October 20, 2020
FERC Gathering Input on Carbon Pricing as Natural Gas Industry Voices Support

FERC Gathering Input on Carbon Pricing as Natural Gas Industry Voices Support

FERC is seeking input on potential carbon pricing mechanisms for wholesale electricity markets under its jurisdiction, a policy path that has the support of natural gas industry players who envision a fruitful partnership with renewables in mitigating climate change. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a technical conference Wednesday to “discuss considerations related to state-adoption…

October 1, 2020
FERC Urged to Use Natural Gas Pipeline Reports in Assessing Reliability Risks

FERC Urged to Use Natural Gas Pipeline Reports in Assessing Reliability Risks

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has advocated for the use of natural gas pipeline operator reports and other information in helping FERC identify, assess and respond to risks to reliability. GAO was tapped by Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), who is a ranking member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Sen. Sheldon…

September 24, 2020
MVP Urges FERC to OK Construction Restart This Week

MVP Urges FERC to OK Construction Restart This Week

With its revised Endangered Species Act review now completed, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) is seeking FERC authorization to restart construction activities that have been on hold since an October 2019 order. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Tuesday, MVP asked the agency to allow construction on the 300-mile, 2 million Dth/d…

September 23, 2020
Sempra Launches Open Season for Port Arthur LNG Pipeline

Sempra Launches Open Season for Port Arthur LNG Pipeline

A Sempra Energy affiliate has launched a binding open season soliciting bids for additional long-term firm transportation service on the Texas Connector Project, which would link the proposed Port Arthur liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility to various interstate pipelines.  The 34.2 mile-system was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last year and its…

September 21, 2020
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