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McIntyre kept FERC on base; court paces Atlantic Coast pipe review

As FERC chief, McIntyre kept agency close to tradition, engaged with critics

In less than a year at the helm of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Kevin McIntyre kept the commission close to its historical course on reviews of natural gas infrastructure projects, even as he listened to Democratic colleagues and critics who pushed his Republican majority to expand consideration of the projects' effects on climate change. He led the commission until Oct. 24, 2018, when he stepped aside due to health issues that followed a diagnosis of a brain tumor in 2017, at which point Commissioner Neil Chatterjee took over as chairman. He died Jan. 2.

Court declines to speed review to help Atlantic Coast pipeline schedule

Despite Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC's warnings that the current court schedule could delay the 600-mile, 1.5 Bcf/d natural gas project, a federal appeals court declined to speed the pace for briefing and oral argument for a challenge to federal endangered species permitting. Atlantic Coast had said it paused work on nearly the entire project, which is designed to move Appalachian shale gas to mid-Atlantic markets, after the U.S. Appeals Court for the 4th Circuit in early December 2018 stayed the federal approvals in question while litigation proceeded.

Court sides with FERC again on statute of limitations in enforcement cases

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission scored a win in federal court when a U.S. district judge ruled recently that the agency's enforcement action against a Maine energy consulting company and its managing member for alleged demand response manipulation was not time-barred. That court order marked the second time the commission prevailed on statute-of-limitations issues in an enforcement case before a U.S. district court.

FERC staff clears improvement on Florida Gas Transmission for Entergy Louisiana

An environmental review by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff found nothing wrong with a Florida Gas Transmission Co. LLC project that would upgrade facilities on its natural gas pipeline system in the South to let it provide additional gas transportation service to Entergy Louisiana LLC. The East Louisiana project is designed to deliver up to 75 MMcf/d more gas to an Entergy Louisiana delivery point in Washington Parish, La., from a receipt point on the pipeline's mainline in Mobile County, Ala.