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HILL ENERGY BRIEFING: Gas Storage Areas Oversight Divides Agencies

Jan. 11, 2022, 11:04 AM

Underground natural gas reservoirs—in depleted oil and gas fields, aquifers, and salt formations—have emerged as a flashpoint for federal energy regulators as they work to finalize a new policy on pipeline reviews.

Two gas storage projects under review highlight the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s challenge in assessing emissions impacts from individual gas facilities. Spire Storage West wants to expand its Wyoming gas storage field fivefold, while LA Storage wants to fill four salt caverns in Louisiana with gas.

The projects’ supporters say storage is essential to smooth out pipeline flows and keep consumers warm during times of peak demand. Gas ...