Many energy infrastructure bills to be considered tomorrow,
some apparently bad: S. 411 — Natural Gas Gathering Act
“To authorize the approval of natural gas pipelines and establish deadlines
and expedite permits for certain natural gas gathering lines on Federal
land and Indian land.”
That one proposed by the same Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso who complained
about conflicts of interest for former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff until he
resigned; the same Senator who didn’t like that new FERC Chair Norman Bay
mentioned sun first among New Mexico’s abundant energy resources.
Sourcewatch says “John Barrasso has voted in favor of big oil companies on 100% of important oil related bills, according to Oil Change International.”
Some bills to be considered tomorrow are apparently good:
S. 1237 – To amend the Natural Gas Act to limit the authority of Continue reading U.S. Senate hearing on LNG export, pipelines, solar, smart grid tomorrow 2015-05-14 →
The fossil fuel industries that fund FERC also control enough Senate seats
to make approving a non-fracking FERC chair very difficult.
Did they just do so?
wrote for the Albequerque Journal 18 June 2014,
Senate committee approves NM’s Norman Bay to lead FERC,
Norman Bay, a former U.S. Attorney in New Mexico and University of
New Mexico School of Law professor, won support from a key Senate
panel today in his bid to become head the Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, but not without some significant objections from
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 13-9 to
approve President Obama’s nomination of Bay to the powerful
That article has various verbiage about how well Bay knows energy.
But why did it take so long to find a replacement after
former FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff resigned last November?
after allegations Continue reading Norman Bay new FERC Chair? →