December 2021, Vol. 248, No. 12

Editor's Notebook

A True Chilling Effect

By Michael Reed, Editor-in-Chief When the U.S. Supreme Court refused to stay a lower court decision that vacated a federal permit allowing Spire’s STL pipeline to operate, it opened a door that could threaten natural gas supplies to residents during St. Louis’ notoriously bitter winter.   Spire had warned that the specter of a shutdown of the 65-mile (105-km) pipeline might result in gas outages for as many as 400,000 in the city. Although, as of press deadline, the pipeline continued to operate through an emergency certificate issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Natural Gas Act.   The pipeline, which transports natural gas from Sc

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