May 2021, Vol. 248, No. 5

Government

New Policy Formalizes FERC Use of GHG Emissions

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. A Republican commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took the unusual step of advising interstate pipeline and liquid natural gas (LNG) companies to get ready to have pending applications for construction upended by the order FERC issued on March 23 by a vote of 3-2.   In that order, FERC approved a 2020 application by Northern Natural Gas to abandon an old, leaky pipeline and replace it with 87.3 miles (140.5 km) of various diameter pipelines.  The FERC order was unexceptional for the most part – including approval of the safer replacement – except that the agency said, for the first

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