Commissioner Glick sees need to fix FERC tolling orders after judge's criticism
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs to adjust its approach to rehearing requests that challenge approval orders for natural gas infrastructure projects after an appeals court judge described an "administrative limbo" for landowners and other opponents, Commissioner Richard Glick said. Glick said in an email that he believed it was "incumbent on FERC to act in rehearing requests sooner — perhaps within the 30 days required" under the Natural Gas Act.
Kinder Morgan seeks FERC OK to start commercial operations at Elba Island LNG
Kinder Morgan Inc. companies told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that the first natural gas liquefaction train of the Elba Island LNG terminal in Georgia is about ready to start commercial operations. The subsidiaries, Elba Liquefaction Co. LLC and Southern LNG Co. LLC, asked FERC on Aug. 9 for authorization to enter the first of several small liquefaction trains into commercial service. The subsidiaries requested the agency's authorization no later than Aug. 16, when they said the first train will be ready.
FERC waiver lets Kinder Morgan unit spend more on Delaware Basin pipe expansion
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allowed El Paso Natural Gas Co. LLC to spend more than the maximum cost estimated for a project that would add up to 320,000 Dth/d of firm gas transportation capacity in the northern Delaware Basin. FERC staff on Aug. 7 granted a waiver of the blanket certificate cost limits to the Northern Delaware Basin expansion project. El Paso, a Kinder Morgan subsidiary, filed a request for a waiver on July 29 after the project's estimated cost broke FERC's blanket-certificate cost ceiling.
NextDecade weighs issues of scope for Galveston Bay LNG project
NextDecade Corp. will determine whether a natural gas pipeline attached to its proposed Galveston Bay LNG LLC export terminal in Texas will be classified as an intrastate or interstate pipeline, a decision that could affect the size of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review for the project. The classification of the pipeline could determine whether the commission has jurisdiction over this part of the project.
New York issues redo of gas pipeline denial, but FERC order may void impact
New York has again denied a water quality certification for the Northern Access 2016 gas pipeline project. But the action may be undercut by the fact that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in August 2018 had already found New York's review of the project waived because the state exceeded a Clean Water Act time frame in which to act. Co-sponsored by National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. and Empire Pipeline Inc., the 99-mile, 490-MMcf/d pipeline could help boost production in western Pennsylvania and likely drive down net Canadian imports by increasing Northeast exports to eastern Canada by up to 350 MMcf/d, according to S&P Global Platts Analytics.
FERC chairman plans summit in Kentucky on 'future of American energy'
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee is organizing a bipartisan event planned for this fall in his home state of Kentucky focused on "the future of American energy." Scheduled for Oct. 21, the event will feature "a broad group of influencers" including energy executives, elected officials, academics, environmental and consumer advocates, and labor union representatives, according to a copy of an early invitation reviewed by S&P Global Market Intelligence.
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