Pipeline Fights May Determine Scope Of Climate Reviews

Law360, New York (October 6, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT) -- Legal challenges claiming that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must examine the climate change impacts of increased natural gas drilling before approving pipelines are piling up in the D.C. Circuit and could help define the boundaries of a landmark 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that limited the scope of federal environmental reviews to actions within an agency's authority, experts say.

Environmental groups have challenged FERC approvals of several pipelines and other gas infrastructure projects, arguing the commission is violating the National Environmental Policy Act by refusing to consider the indirect impacts of increased gas production and its greenhouse gas emissions. FERC...

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