FERC Greenlights Pipeline Projects As Bay Walks Out Door

By Keith Goldberg (February 3, 2017, 5:26 PM EST) -- With Friday's departure of Commissioner Norman Bay leaving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission indefinitely unable to approve the construction of natural gas pipelines, the agency gave the green light to several projects right at the wire, headlined by Energy Transfer LP's proposed $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline project.

FERC on Thursday issued a certificate of convenience and public necessity allowing Energy Transfer to build the Rover Pipeline, which would transport gas from processing plants in southeastern Ohio, southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia approximately 510 miles through Ohio and into Michigan. The certificate came nearly half a year after FERC environmental staff gave...

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