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Environmental Justice the Focus of New FERC Position as Chairman Singles Out NatGas Projects

Environmental Justice the Focus of New FERC Position as Chairman Singles Out NatGas Projects

In a move likely to have implications for natural gas infrastructure projects moving forward, FERC is creating a senior position focused on environmental justice and equity issues. Chairman Richard Glick, a Democrat who was handed the gavel by the Biden administration last month, announced the new agency role late last week. While promising more details…

February 18, 2021
U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear PennEast Case Versus New Jersey in Big Win for Natural Gas Project

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear PennEast Case Versus New Jersey in Big Win for Natural Gas Project

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC’s case against New Jersey, which has stopped the natural gas project from condemning state-owned land.  The high court on Wednesday granted PennEast’s petition in a win for the project, which has been under development for more than five years. The pipeline is one…

February 3, 2021
FERC Opens Door to Adding Landowner Protections in Natural Gas Pipeline Decisions

FERC Opens Door to Adding Landowner Protections in Natural Gas Pipeline Decisions

Under the direction of new Chairman Richard Glick, FERC is revisiting an order issued last year designed to prevent natural gas pipelines from starting construction with rehearings pending, opening the door to potentially implement additional landowner protections. However, in doing so the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is leaving pipeline developers in the lurch by not…

February 2, 2021
Debate Over Natural Gas Pipeline Rehearing Procedures Simmering at FERC

Debate Over Natural Gas Pipeline Rehearing Procedures Simmering at FERC

Under the direction of new Chairman Richard Glick, FERC is revisiting an order issued last year designed to prevent natural gas pipelines from starting construction with rehearings pending, opening the door to potentially implement additional landowner protections. However, in doing so the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is leaving pipeline developers in the lurch by not…

February 1, 2021
MVP Pursuing New Strategy, Permits to Finish Building Natural Gas Pipeline

MVP Pursuing New Strategy, Permits to Finish Building Natural Gas Pipeline

Seeking to wrap up construction on a project long ensnared in a tangle of legal and regulatory complications, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) will pursue a new strategy to obtain the waterbody and wetlands crossing approvals that represent the natural gas conduit’s final permitting hurdle. Instead of waiting out the legal process on its stayed…

January 27, 2021
Venture Global Considering Fourth Gulf Coast LNG Export Project

Venture Global Considering Fourth Gulf Coast LNG Export Project

A pair of Venture Global subsidiaries is seeking federal approval to start the pre-filing process for a fourth liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and associated pipeline along the Gulf Coast. In a filing last week, Venture Global CP2 LNG LLC and Venture Global CP Express LLC requested approval to initiate FERC’s pre-filing review process…

January 26, 2021
MVP Seeking Alternatives to Stalled Waterbody Crossing Permits for Natural Gas System

MVP Seeking Alternatives to Stalled Waterbody Crossing Permits for Natural Gas System

Seeking to wrap up construction on a project long ensnared in a tangle of legal and regulatory complications, Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP) will pursue a new strategy to obtain the waterbody and wetlands crossing approvals that represent the natural gas conduit’s final permitting hurdle. Instead of waiting out the legal process on its stayed…

January 26, 2021
With Biden Taking Office, FERC Efforts to Streamline Environmental Reviews on Hold

With Biden Taking Office, FERC Efforts to Streamline Environmental Reviews on Hold

In its last monthly meeting under the Trump administration, FERC on Tuesday voted not to move forward on a plan to revisit which agency actions should require a detailed review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). A proposed notice of inquiry presented to the commissioners would have potentially expanded the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s…

January 21, 2021
FERC Dems Criticize ‘Piecemeal’ MVP Construction, Possibly Stalling Future Authorizations

FERC Dems Criticize ‘Piecemeal’ MVP Construction, Possibly Stalling Future Authorizations

FERC in its monthly meeting Tuesday failed to pass three draft orders for Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC (MVP), a move that could augur poorly for the developer’s expectations to quickly complete construction amid the transition to Democratic leadership at the agency. In recent months, MVP has sought the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s blessing to continue…

January 20, 2021
Jordan Cove LNG Faces Another Setback as FERC Upholds Oregon Authority

Jordan Cove LNG Faces Another Setback as FERC Upholds Oregon Authority

FERC dealt a blow this week to the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal by denying a petition filed last year by the sponsors to waive Oregon’s regulatory authority. Jordan Cove Energy Project LP and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LP had argued that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) far exceeded…

January 20, 2021
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