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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

FERC Acknowledges Activists' Plan to Slow Pipelines is Working

From NGI:
With a recent increase in interstate pipeline applications and an uptick in opposition, it will be a challenge for FERC to continue certificating those projects as quickly as it has in the past, said Commissioner Tony Clark. 
Speaking at a breakfast roundtable hosted by ICF International in Washington, DC, Thursday, Clark said the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been able to process about 92% of interstate pipeline applications within one year. 
“I think it will be tough to keep that average up,” given the number of pending applications, the commissioner said. “You want to make sure that every one of those intervenors, every one of those cases is given the proper attention that it needs.” 
Last week, Clark testified before the House Energy and Power Subcommittee on emerging issues in the development of new infrastructure amid a resource shift driven by cheap natural gas and stricter environmental regulations (see Daily GPI, Dec. 1). Clark told subcommittee members that the nation faces the challenge of building out its infrastructure in the face of ‘just say no’ ideology from opponents to pipelines and other projects.
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