Undermanned FERC Faces Backlog of Pipeline Projects Awaiting Approval
The backlog of natural gas pipelines awaiting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval is piling up as the agency enters its sixth month without enough members to approve $14 billion worth of infrastructure projects, and gas suppliers and pipeline companies could face longer-term impacts.
Those awaiting approval include the proposed $5.5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, owned by Dominion Energy and other partners, and the $2.1 billion Nexus pipeline, a joint project from DTE Energy Co. and an Enbridge subsidiary.
“The situation is manageable for the time being, but just barely, because we are a few months away from major delays, which would be disruptive to the construction of pipelines and gas producers,” James Lucier, managing director of Capital Alpha Partners LLC, a policy research firm that follows energy investments, told Bloomberg BNA.
“If we don’t have a quorum by September, we definitely need to worry,” he said.Click here to continue reading.
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