December 2021, Vol. 248, No. 12

Government

FERC Punts on GHG ‘Significance’ Again

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to hesitate in determining whether greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new pipeline projects are a “significant” contribution to climate change.    The latest example is the FERC draft environmental impact statement (EIS) on Spire’s Clear Creek pipeline/compression project in Wyoming. In the draft EIS published at the end of October, the FERC staff stated: “We are unable to determine significance regarding the project’s impacts on climate change. However, we acknowledge the project would increase the atmospheric concentration of GHGs, in combination wi

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