Pipelines’ Climate Impacts Worth Exploring: GOP Energy Regulator

July 31, 2018, 8:58 PM

Departing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Robert Powelson, a Republican, said he would be open to potentially making greenhouse gas emissions a bigger part of the agency’s decision-making process on pipeline approvals.

Powelson, a strong natural gas pipeline proponent on FERC, is leaving the independent agency Aug. 10 after serving for a year. He acknowledged having trouble deciding how much weight to put on environmental impacts of pipelines, which FERC is in charge of approving.

The agency is undergoing a broad review of its 1999 policy statement on how it approves pipelines, and hundreds of recent comments urged ...

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