Split Rulings Show Appetite To Change FERC Pipeline Policy

Law360, New York (January 29, 2018, 7:20 PM EST) -- A recent string of divided pipeline approvals suggest that Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioners are eager to answer Chair Kevin McIntyre's December call to review its nearly 20-year-old pipeline approval policy, though experts caution that any changes may ultimately be more tuneup than overhaul of FERC's review process.

The latest sign came in FERC's Jan. 19 approval of the $1 billion PennEast pipeline running through Pennsylvania and New Jersey by a 4-1 vote. Commissioner Richard Glick said in his dissent that FERC didn't have enough evidence to demonstrate that the pipeline was needed and that its benefits outweighed potential harms. But even...

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