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Energy Regulator Wants Faster Review of Gas Pipelines

Oct. 17, 2017, 7:50 PM

The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants to speed up federal review needed to build natural gas pipeline, but said he disagrees with another commissioner’s suggestion to rely less on existing pipeline contracts.

“The regulatory uncertainty created by burdensome delays in the project review process are problematic for numerous reasons,” FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee (R) said Oct. 17 at a Energy Bar Association event in Washington.

He said he wants to work with states and other federal agencies to help prevent delays in FERC certificate reviews—which now take about 18 months—and provide “transparent, predictable decision-making” on natural gas ...