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Supreme Court Leaves Ruling Vacating Spire STL’s FERC Certificate in Place

Supreme Court Leaves Ruling Vacating Spire STL’s FERC Certificate in Place

An effort to get the nation’s highest court to intervene on behalf of the Spire STL Pipeline in a legal battle over alleged flaws in the natural gas conduit’s FERC certificate has fallen short. Earlier this month, Spire Missouri Inc. asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay of a lower court ruling that vacated…

October 18, 2021
FERC, NERC Inquiry into February Freeze Spotlights Natural Gas Failures

FERC, NERC Inquiry into February Freeze Spotlights Natural Gas Failures

Natural gas-fired electric generators made up a majority of the failures identified by FERC during an inquiry into the extreme cold weather that rattled power markets in Texas and the Midwest in February. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in a joint effort with the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), found freezing generator components and…

September 23, 2021
Spire’s Natural Gas Pipeline Secures FERC Certificate to Keep Operating — For Now

Spire’s Natural Gas Pipeline Secures FERC Certificate to Keep Operating — For Now

FERC on Tuesday issued a temporary certificate of public convenience and necessity to Spire STL Pipeline LLC, keeping the 65-mile, 400,000 Dth/d Midwest natural gas conduit in service for now following a court order vacating the project’s federal authorization. Three of the four sitting members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opted to support the…

September 14, 2021
Biden Taps D.C. PSC Chairman Willie L. Phillips to Join FERC

Biden Taps D.C. PSC Chairman Willie L. Phillips to Join FERC

Willie L. Phillips, Chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC), has been nominated as the next commissioner of FERC, the White House announced Thursday. Phillips, a lawyer and regulator whose resume includes nearly 20 years of experience in issues of public utility regulation, bulk power system reliability and corporate governance,…

September 9, 2021
Venture Global Starts Plaquemines LNG Construction, but Hurricane Ida Stalls Work

Venture Global Starts Plaquemines LNG Construction, but Hurricane Ida Stalls Work

Initial construction activities have started at the Plaquemines liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Louisiana, the development’s sponsor told federal regulators on Tuesday. In a Tuesday FERC filing, Venture Global LNG Inc. said work began at the terminal site on Aug. 18, but was halted on Aug. 27 as Hurricane Ida approached the Louisiana…

September 8, 2021
Oklahoma Landowners Accuse Environmental Monitor of Bias in Favor of Cheniere’s Midship Natural Gas Pipeline

Oklahoma Landowners Accuse Environmental Monitor of Bias in Favor of Cheniere’s Midship Natural Gas Pipeline

Several Oklahoma landowners are pressing FERC to investigate what they say amounts to collusion involving an environmental compliance monitor, a Cheniere Energy Inc. pipeline subsidiary and the agency’s own Office of Energy Projects (OEP). Central Land Consulting LLC (CLC), which represents landowners on right-of-way for the Midcontinent Subheader Interstate Pipeline (Midship), said in recent filings…

August 20, 2021
Oklahoma Landowners Accuse Environmental Monitor of ‘Collusion’ with FERC, Cheniere’s Midship Natural Gas Pipeline

Oklahoma Landowners Accuse Environmental Monitor of ‘Collusion’ with FERC, Cheniere’s Midship Natural Gas Pipeline

Several Oklahoma landowners are pressing FERC to investigate what they say amounts to collusion involving an environmental compliance monitor, a Cheniere Energy Inc. pipeline subsidiary and the agency’s own Office of Energy Projects (OEP). Central Land Consulting LLC (CLC), which represents landowners on right-of-way for the Midcontinent Subheader Interstate Pipeline (Midship), said in recent filings…

August 18, 2021
MVP’s Plans for New Water-Crossing Method Clear Hurdle at FERC

MVP’s Plans for New Water-Crossing Method Clear Hurdle at FERC

FERC has issued an environmental assessment (EA) for the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), signing off on the project’s plans to use a different water crossing method at some locations along its route. MVP filed in February to amend its certificate approval as part of a broader plan to work around a prolonged legal process…

August 13, 2021
FERC Ordered to Revisit South Texas LNG Authorizations as Court Finds Environmental Analyses Lacking

FERC Ordered to Revisit South Texas LNG Authorizations as Court Finds Environmental Analyses Lacking

A federal court on Tuesday ordered FERC to review its approvals of two planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects in South Texas, saying the agency had not adequately explained its approach in evaluating the potential impacts on climate change and environmental justice (EJ) communities. The decision handed down from the U.S. Court of Appeals…

August 4, 2021
Equitrans Mulling Requests by ‘Several’ Shippers to Boost Appalachia Natural Gas Takeaway

Equitrans Mulling Requests by ‘Several’ Shippers to Boost Appalachia Natural Gas Takeaway

Equitrans Midstream Corp. is making headway to increase natural gas connectivity in the Appalachian Basin, with management evaluating shipper interest received during a recent open season. The binding open season was related to Equitrans’ transmission system. It would increase shipper access to downstream markets in the Midwest and Gulf Coast, primarily through existing delivery interconnects…

August 4, 2021
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