FERC Beats Challenge To Pipeline Eminent Domain Process

By John Kennedy (September 28, 2018, 8:34 PM EDT) -- A group of landowners suing the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission went to the wrong place in their attempt to stop two pipeline development companies from taking control of private land along the projects' routes, a D.C. federal judge said Thursday, finding that the lawsuit should've been filed elsewhere.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon dismissed the landowners' claims in a 12-page order, explaining that Congress, via the Natural Gas Act, gave FERC sole jurisdiction over challenges to natural gas pipeline construction and relegated issues arising out of FERC proceedings to the federal circuit courts. The landowners had claimed FERC's permitting process...

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