FERC Pipeline Enviro Reviews No Longer A Breeze

By Keith Goldberg (June 26, 2014, 4:36 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit's recent ruling that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had to consider related pipeline projects when it conducted its environmental review of a $500 million pipeline upgrade by a Kinder Morgan Inc. unit will lead to a more cautious, expanded approach from the commission and could lead to longer wait times for project approvals, experts say.

The appeals court also said in its June 6 decision that FERC's environmental assessment of Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC's now-completed Northeast Upgrade Project — part of a multiyear overhaul of the eastern leg of its 300 Line in order to transport more...

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