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Restoring Lands Impacted by Scuttled Appalachian Natural Gas Pipelines to Cause Minimal Impacts, FERC Affirms

Restoring Lands Impacted by Scuttled Appalachian Natural Gas Pipelines to Cause Minimal Impacts, FERC Affirms

Restoration projects for the now canceled Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and Supply Header Project (SHP), which would have carried 1.5 Bcf/d from Appalachia, are unlikely to cause significant environmental impacts based on the mitigation measures planned, according to FERC. Dominion Energy and joint venture partner Duke Energy last year canceled the 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d ACP,…

December 27, 2021
FERC Proposes $40M Fine Over Alleged Rover Pipeline Violations; Steps Up Industry Enforcement

FERC Proposes $40M Fine Over Alleged Rover Pipeline Violations; Steps Up Industry Enforcement

FERC plans to fine Energy Transfer Partners LP and subsidiary Rover Pipeline LLC $40 million over alleged violations during work on a 2017 horizontal directional drill (HDD) at the Tuscarawas River in Stark County, OH. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission handed down a show cause order during last week’s monthly meeting, formalizing its intent to…

December 20, 2021
Virginia Regulators Bring MVP One Step Closer to Construction Restart with Water Quality Permit

Virginia Regulators Bring MVP One Step Closer to Construction Restart with Water Quality Permit

The Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) received a new water quality permit from Virginia regulators last week, a development that could prove critical in the embattled Appalachian natural gas conduit’s quest to overcome regulatory setbacks and finish construction. Virginia’s State Water Control Board, on the recommendation of staff from the state Department of Environmental Quality, on…

December 20, 2021
Improved Coordination Planned by U.S. Natural Gas, Electricity Markets in Uri’s Wake

Improved Coordination Planned by U.S. Natural Gas, Electricity Markets in Uri’s Wake

The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) has unanimously approved an initiative to improve coordination between the natural gas and electric markets in response to Winter Storm Uri in February. The cold snap caused widespread power outages and shut-in oil and gas production across the south-central United States. Gas-fired generation accounted for 58% of all…

December 14, 2021
Cheniere Asks FERC for More Time to Expand Corpus Christi LNG

Cheniere Asks FERC for More Time to Expand Corpus Christi LNG

Cheniere Energy Inc. has requested more time from FERC to build and bring online its planned expansion at the Corpus Christi liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in South Texas, citing delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Cheniere, one of the largest gas buyers in the country and the nation’s largest LNG exporter, said it needs…

December 9, 2021
Phillips Sworn in at FERC, Giving Democrats 3-2 Majority

Phillips Sworn in at FERC, Giving Democrats 3-2 Majority

FERC’s newest commissioner, Willie L. Phillips, was sworn in Friday, returning the agency to its full complement of five sitting members. Phillips, nominated by President Biden in September and confirmed by the Senate last month, replaces Republican Neil Chatterjee for a term expiring June 30, 2026. Phillips joins the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after most…

December 3, 2021
FERC Exploring GHG Emissions from LNG Projects as Court Cases Pile Up

FERC Exploring GHG Emissions from LNG Projects as Court Cases Pile Up

FERC Chairman Richard Glick last week argued that the “reasonably foreseen” carbon emissions from natural gas infrastructure should be included in every certificate review, but not everybody agrees with him. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a day-long technical conference on Nov. 19 concerning natural gas projects proposed under section 3 or 7 of the…

November 23, 2021
NextDecade Seeks FERC Approval for CCS at Rio Grande LNG

NextDecade Seeks FERC Approval for CCS at Rio Grande LNG

NextDecade Corp. has filed an application with FERC to include carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) systems at its proposed Rio Grande liquefied natural gas (RGLNG) export project in Brownsville, TX.  The company is seeking to modify the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s 2019 authorization to site, construct and operate the terminal. It has requested a “limited…

November 22, 2021
FERC at Full Strength After Senate Confirms Phillips

FERC at Full Strength After Senate Confirms Phillips

Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia Chairman Willie L. Phillips will officially serve as the next FERC commissioner after the Senate confirmed his nomination this week. Phillips, nominated by President Biden in September, will fill the seat vacated by former Commissioner Neil Chatterjee for a term expiring June 30, 2026. Chatterjee, a former…

November 18, 2021
FERC Back to Five Commissioners as Senate Confirms Phillips

FERC Back to Five Commissioners as Senate Confirms Phillips

Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia Chairman Willie L. Phillips will officially serve as the next FERC commissioner after the Senate confirmed his nomination late Tuesday. Phillips, nominated by President Biden in September, will fill the seat vacated by former Commissioner Neil Chatterjee for a term expiring June 30, 2026. Chatterjee, a former…

November 17, 2021
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