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FERC approves PennEast, saying it would supply needed natural gas

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Roy Christman (left) and William Kellner protested plans to build the PennEast natural gas pipeline at a FERC ‘listening session’ near Jim Thorpe, Pa. in 2016. FERC has now approved the project. The PennEast pipeline project took a step forward late Friday when federal regulators decided the company could start [...]

Dominion’s Cove Point plant preparing to export LNG

A once idled natural gas import terminal along the Chesapeake Bay — which had become a haven for gulls feeding on scraps from a nearby dump — completed its $4 billion transformation to a liquefaction plant and export facility this month by taking its first shipment of natural gas. Marcellus Shale gas flowing through pipelines [...]

FERC, saying ‘much has changed’, will review natural gas pipeline policy

The top federal regulator for the pipeline industry said Thursday that it will review its 18-year-old policy on the certification of natural gas pipelines. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave no specific reason for the review but issued a brief statement saying that “much has changed” in the energy world since the agency began the [...]

FERC not a rubber stamp, says new commissioner

Rob Powelson, a commissioner with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently appointed by President Donald Trump, defended FERC’s track record with interstate pipeline projects. Pipeline opponents say FERC is a captured agency that does not look critically at industry proposals. “I take exception to people who say we rubber stamp projects,” Powelson told StateImpact [...]

Federal court ruling could delay major natural gas pipeline projects

A recent federal court ruling could delay major pipeline projects planned to move Marcellus Shale natural gas to new markets. On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled 2-1 in favor of a climate-related challenge brought by the Sierra Club against federal regulators. The case centers on the Southeast Market [...]

PennEast urges new FERC quorum to quickly approve pipeline

PennEast Pipeline Company urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to quickly approve its controversial plan to build a natural gas pipeline through Pennsylvania and New Jersey now that FERC has a quorum of commissioners for the first time since February. The pipeline company said in a letter to FERC dated Aug. 10 that it had met [...]

PennEast pipeline set for FERC approval after Senate confirms new commissioners

Jon Hurdle / StateImpact PA Roy Christman (left) and William Kellner, protested plans to build the PennEast natural gas pipeline, at a FERC ‘listening session’ near Jim Thorpe, Pa. in 2016 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is likely to issue its final approval to the controversial PennEast Pipeline project through Pennsylvania and New Jersey now [...]

Federal court dismisses suit charging FERC with bias

This story has been updated with a comment from the PennEast Pipeline company. A federal court has thrown out a case brought by environmentalists that charged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission with bias in pipeline cases. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network filed a federal lawsuit last year, alleging FERC favored industry in disputed pipeline cases. On [...]

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