June 2021, Vol. 248, No. 6

Government

FERC to Set Up New Office to Fund Pipeline Opponents

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is in the process of setting up a new office responsible for helping pipeline opponents challenge new construction and even applications for variances once a project is approved.   Congress has told the FERC to have a new office of public participation (OPP) up and running starting with the new fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, 2021.    The commission has been holding listening sessions around the country, and it held a workshop in April at which pipeline critics gave full-throated support to FERC’s plans to fund landowners, poor communities and Native American

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