April 2022, Vol. 249, No. 4


New FERC Pipeline Policies Proving Worrisome

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington, D.C. The potential impact of Europe’s new need for U.S. LNG is now reverberating inside and outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as that body attempts to implement its two new policy statements setting out new roadblocks to the approval of pipelines and LNG terminals.    The two FERC statements are linked by their environmental implications and were approved by the three-member Democratic majority in February, with the two GOP-appointed commissioners dissenting.   The statements establish a higher bar for proving “need” of a new pipeline and a lower bar for allowance of greenhouse gas (GHG) em

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