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Rover Pipeline Gets $20 Million Fine Paused for High Court (1)

May 24, 2022, 8:35 PMUpdated: May 24, 2022, 9:07 PM

FERC’s attempt to impose a $20 million fine against Rover Pipeline for its removal of a historic farmhouse must wait until the US Supreme Court decides disputes that could upend in-house agency proceedings, a Texas federal court ruled Tuesday.

The court’s decision is a win for Rover Pipeline and Energy Transfer LP, which argued federal courts and not in-house administrative law judges have jurisdiction of violations of the Natural Gas Act.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission told the companies that their alleged failure to be forthright about their plans to remove the farmhouse violated a regulation issued under the NGA. ...