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Court backs FERC's Atlantic Sunrise approval; Northern Natural Gas slams FERC

Permit upheld for Transco's Atlantic Sunrise expansion, but judge blasts FERC

The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit backed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision to grant a certificate to Williams Cos. Inc. subsidiary Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC for its 1.7-Bcf/d Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline project, but one judge said the FERC process for treating landowner petitions "is not right." The D.C. Circuit said challenges by Allegheny Defense Project and other environmental groups and by landowners did not overcome the court's standards of deference to agency review and did not overcome legal precedent.

Northern Natural Gas slams FERC for refusing to drop rate proceeding

Northern Natural Gas Co. criticized the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for not halting a Natural Gas Act Section 5 rate proceeding and instead moving on with an order that accepted and suspended certain tariff records and set a hearing and technical conference. Northern said it initiated a Section 4 rate case, which includes a rate increase of 91% for market area transportation, after the commission decided not to drop the Section 5 investigation.

Transco applies for $531M pipeline expansion between Marcellus and East Coast

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve an application for a proposed interstate pipeline project that would boost natural gas transportation capacity from the Utica and Marcellus production region in Pennsylvania to the Atlantic Seaboard. Williams, the parent company of Transco, said the in-service target date for the estimated $531 million Leidy South expansion project is Dec. 1, 2021.

FERC lets Northern Natural Gas put section of Minn. projects in service

Northern Natural Gas received permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start service on a natural gas pipeline loop that is part of the developer's Northern Lights 2019 and Rochester expansion projects in Minnesota. In the July 31 notice, the commission said Northern Natural has stabilized construction areas associated with the New Prague Branch Line Loop and made good progress on restoration.

Summit Midstream subsidiary files to build 1.35-Bcf/d Delaware Basin gas line

Double E Pipeline LLC applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a pipeline project that would move Delaware Basin natural gas supplies to the Waha Hub in Texas. The Summit Midstream Partners LP subsidiary on July 31 filed for a certificate of public convenience and necessity with FERC for the Double E pipeline project, which includes about 133 combined miles of gas pipeline linking Delaware Basin production areas in New Mexico and Texas to downstream pipelines near Waha in Reeves and Pecos counties in Texas.

Equitrans can place parts of Mountain Valley-connected expansion in service

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted Equitrans LP permission to put in service natural gas pipeline facilities associated with the Equitrans expansion project. In the July 30 order, FERC allowed the company to start service at the modified Jefferson compressor station, the new Redhook compressor station and related pipelines.

FERC lets Cheniere resume work on stopped segment of Midship project

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on July 31 gave Cheniere Energy Inc. the all-clear to resume work on the Midship Pipeline Co. LLC in areas where it was stopped because of environmental compliance concerns. FERC stopped work July 3 on parts of the 53-mile section of the project's North Spread where clearing and grading had not yet occurred.