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FERC offers final guidance to gas pipeline developers on horizontal drilling

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released final guidance for natural gas project developers on the use of horizontal directional drilling in pipeline projects and plans for addressing drilling fluid releases. FERC said it designed the guidance to help the industry improve its drilling plans, which should increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the commission's environmental reviews and reduce the need for additional data requests.

FERC clears 400 MMcf/d Permian project, sets 2 more pipes for action

FERC acted on one of the backlogged natural gas projects in its dockets, the 400-MMcf/d Sendero Carlsbad Gateway LLC, and put two other pipelines on its agenda for authorization decisions at the commission's Oct. 17 open meeting. On tap for Oct. 17, FERC decisions include Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America LLC's 17-mile, 500 MMcf/d Lockridge Extension Pipeline and Williams Cos. Inc.'s Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC 7.7-mile Southeastern Trail project.

FERC grants Northern Natural Gas in-service request for Minn. gas facilities

Northern Natural Gas Co. can start service on a compressor station associated with the Northern Lights 2019 and Rochester Expansion projects, according to a letter to the company from FERC. In the Oct. 10 notice, the commission said the Berkshire Hathaway Energy unit had adequately stabilized construction work spaces and made sufficient progress on restoration efforts, based on an Oct. 2 status report.

National Fuel gets more time for Pa. project to boost gas to petrochem site

National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. received another extension from federal regulators to finish expanding its pipeline system in Pennsylvania through a project that would allow it to deliver an additional 133,000 Dth/d of natural gas to a petrochemical facility. Through the extension, FERC gave the National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiary until Nov. 11 to complete construction and put into service the Line N to Monaca project in Beaver and Washington counties, Pa.

Lawmakers call for stop to PennEast pipe work in light of eminent domain ruling

Two Democratic U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers from New Jersey have asked FERC to immediately issue a stop-work order for the PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC natural gas transportation project slated to run between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. "The Third Circuit's decision to block PennEast's attempt to condemn New Jersey's state-owned lands was welcome news to our community, and I urge FERC to order PennEast to cease activity immediately," Rep. Tom Malinowski said in a statement.