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Natural gas building boom fuels climate worries, enrages landowners

A marker in Buckingham County Virginia designates the path of the Transcontinental system, a 10,200-mile network of natural gas pipelines.

Companies have asked a federal regulator to approve thousands of miles of pipeline from Appalachia. They almost always get their way. They landed, one after another, in 2015: plans for nearly a dozen interstate pipelines to move natural gas beneath rivers, mountains and people’s yards. Like spokes on a wheel, they’d spread from Appalachia to [...]

NJ officials say they need more information on PennEast pipeline project

New Jersey officials underlined their concerns about the controversial PennEast natural gas pipeline project in a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission highlighting several areas where the pipeline’s builders have yet to submit information needed to obtain permits. Bob Martin, Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, told FERC on Thursday that the [...]

Trump nominates PA PUC Commissioner Rob Powelson to FERC

President Donald Trump has nominated Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Rob Powelson to fill a vacancy on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which oversees interstate pipeline projects. Powelson, who also serves as the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, recently compared anti-pipeline activists to jihadists, a statement he later walked back. “The jihad [...]

FERC says PennEast pipeline would have ‘less than significant’ environmental impact

The proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey would have “less than significant” environmental effects if it meets plans laid out by its builder and regulators, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Friday. In its final Environmental Impact Statement on the 120-mile project, FERC said its determination was based on information [...]

Reports: Trump considers PUC Commissioner Powelson for federal post

Multiple news outlets are reporting President Donald Trump is considering tapping Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Robert F. Powelson for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The five member independent commission oversees the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. Since February it’s had three vacancies and is unable to advance projects without a quorum. Bloomberg also [...]

After Standing Rock, pipeline fights continue around U.S.

As authorities clear out the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, battles have flared up in other states, including Pennsylvania, which has become a major hub of natural gas development. Anti-pipeline activists recently launched an encampment in Lancaster County, and they’ve been coordinating with groups around the country. The Lancaster activists want to disrupt construction of the [...]

Resignation of top regulator threatens to delay major pipeline projects

The abrupt resignation of a senior federal regulator threatens to put billions of dollars of new pipeline projects on hold across the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Norman Bay said Thursday he would resign effective February 3. His announcement came shortly after President Donald Trump decided Bay’s fellow commissioner, Cheryl LaFleur, would serve as [...]

FERC urged to take another look at PennEast pipeline plan after route changes

Environmental groups called on Monday for a fresh federal review of a plan to build the controversial PennEast natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey after newly published route changes cast further doubt on what critics say was already a flawed Draft Environmental Impact Statement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. PennEast Pipeline Co.’s [...]

PennEast critics accuse FERC of trying to control public comment

This story has been updated to change some meeting locations, reflecting updated information from FERC. Opponents of a plan to build a natural gas pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to central New Jersey registered their objections with federal regulators on Monday, and accused officials of trying to control public discussion on the controversial project. Participants were [...]

PennEast pipeline environmental impacts would be minimal, say federal regulators

A plan to build the controversial PennEast natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey took a step forward on Friday when the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the project’s environmental impacts could be reduced to “less than significant levels” if it adopts certain mitigation measures. The proposed 119-mile pipeline from Luzerne County, PA to [...]

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