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Energy Regulator Wants New Look at Pipeline Approval Policy

Oct. 16, 2017, 6:08 PMUpdated: Oct. 16, 2017, 10:57 PM

The lone Democratic member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wants FERC to re-assesses how it approves new natural gas pipeline projects in light of growing environmental concerns presented to the commission.

Cheryl LaFleur noted those concerns in a dissent on FERC’s approval Oct. 13 of Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 604-mile pipeline proposed through West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, and EQT Midstream Partners’ Mountain Valley pipeline, a 303-mile pipeline proposed to go through West Virginia and Virginia. Dissent by FERC commissioners on natural gas pipeline certificates is rare.

LaFleur told Bloomberg Environment Oct. 16 that “the number ...