FERC will review a decades-old policy that governs how it evaluates natural gas pipeline proposals, Kevin McIntyre said Thursday during his first monthly meeting as chairman of the regulatory agency.
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Over the objections of some area landowners FERC has approved Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC’s Valley Lateral project, a 7.8-mile pipeline in Orange County, NY, that will serve a natural gas-fueled power plant currently under construction in Wawayanda, NY, known as the Valley Energy Center.
The Sierra Club is seeking rehearing of FERC’s permitting of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline LLC border crossing in Texas and Mexico, arguing that the entire project, and not just the border crossing, is an interstate pipeline and subject to Commission Natural Gas Act jurisdiction.
A midstream subsidiary of the Energy Corporation of America (ECA) has applied with FERC requesting jurisdiction for an existing natural gas gathering system in northwestern Pennsylvania to serve a power plant in the region.
Lawmakers on the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard differing points of view over a draft bill that would reinforce the primacy of FERC over the construction of natural gas pipelines, and rein in permitting delays that the industry complains are hampering development.
Natural gas supplies that were interrupted at the Opal hub in Wyoming following an explosion and fire were being flowed through a different processing plant Thursday afternoon. Opal had been supplying up to 1 Bcf/d to interstate pipelines before the incident Wednesday at the Williams Partners LP facility.
The Missouri Public Service Commission (MoPSC) has petitioned the federal court of appeals in Washington, DC, to review FERC orders that allow MoGas Pipeline LLC — an interstate pipeline system that was created in 2007 as a result of the consolidation of three pipeline affiliates — to include “acquisition premium” costs in the pipeline’s initial rates.
EQT Gathering LLC’s request for a limited certificate to provide jurisdictional compression service through the nonjurisdictional Derry Compressor Station planned for Westmoreland County, PA, has been given the green light by FERC. Commissioners also approved a waiver of all filing and reporting requirements that would otherwise apply as a result of EQT providing interstate service.
FERC Tuesday approved an uncontested settlement that resolves allegations that Wyoming Interstate Co. (WIC) pipeline over-recovered costs from its shippers, resulting in unjust and unreasonable rates.
Sabal Trail Transmission LLC, a joint venture of Spectra Energy and NextEra Energy Inc., has been named the winning bidder to build a 465-mile interstate natural gas pipeline project by Florida Power & Light (FPL) to provide transportation services for its power generations needs beginning in May 2017. FPL, the largest power company in the state, put out the request for proposals for a new pipeline in December. Sabal Trail would have an estimated price tag of $3 billion and originate in Tallapoosa County, AL, extend through Georgia and terminate at the Central Florida Hub near Orlando (see NGI, July 8). Through a capacity lease with Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line (Transco), natural gas supply would be accessed at Transco’s Station 85 in Choctaw County, AL. The pipeline, when completed, would have the capacity to transport more than 1 Bcf/d to serve local distribution companies, industrial users and natural gas-fired power generators. According to the Energy Information Administration, Florida generates 62% of its power from 1.1 Tcf of natural gas.