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petition for an independent investigation of FERC by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Or call or write
your own members of Congress and ask them to investigate FERC and rein in its rubberstamping of new fossil fuel projects.
FERC has actually
denied two pipelines out of a huge number of applications.
Both were part of LNG import projects.
One of them was about hardship to mineral interest donors, and a fair FERC would conclude hardship
to everyone who depends on the Floridan Aquifer for their sole source of drinking water would be more than sufficient reason to deny Sabal Trail.
The other`was a Spectra pipeline,
so even mighty Spectra can lose at FERC.
But it’s hard for any new fossil fuel project to lose at FERC because
FERC brags about “Full Cost Recovery” meaning 100% of FERC’s annual Congressional allocation is paid back out of fees and charges from the very industries FERC supposedly “regulates”.
This is what Investopedia defines as
regulatory capture: Continue reading Petition for GAO to rein in FERC
Would this U.S. Court of Appeals ruling mean FERC needs to
consider the cumulative effects of the proposed Sabal Trail pipeline
on the same properties as the existing SONAT pipeline?
And what about those
LNG export authorizations FERC has repeatedly
claimed it knows nothing about?
And how can FERC justify that project at all, given that
solar power is faster, cheaper, and far less environmentally damaging?
Katie Colaneri wrote for NPR 6 June 2014,
Court rules federal regulators must consider cumulative impacts of pipeline project,
Regulators violated federal law by not considering the cumulative
environmental impacts of multiple upgrades to a natural gas pipeline
that runs from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, a
federal appeals court
said on Friday.
Three environmental groups argued the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) should not have been allowed to conduct an
environmental review for one expansion project on the Tennessee Gas
Pipeline without considering three other proposed upgrades on the
The U.S. Court of Appeals agreed.
The judges ruled that FERC failed “to include any meaningful
analysis of the cumulative impacts of the upgrade projects.”
The judges also found Continue reading FERC has to consider cumulative pipeline effects