FERC Chair Throws Cold Water On Project Climate Reviews

Law360 (April 10, 2019, 3:35 PM EDT) -- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee insisted Wednesday that the commission doesn't have the legal authority to deeply review the climate change impacts of pipelines and other natural gas infrastructure, though federal courts have already and may continue to say otherwise.

"From my vantage point, I don't believe the Natural Gas Act gave us that authority," Chatterjee told reporters following remarks at the 2019 Columbia Global Energy Summit in New York. "Congress would need to make changes to the Natural Gas Act to give us that authority, in my view."

Still, Chatterjee acknowledged the D.C. Circuit's 2017 ruling that directed...

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