EELC submits legal comments to FERC detailing flaws in pipeline approval policies

EELC submitted legal comments yesterday on behalf of clients New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJ Conservation), The Watershed Institute and Sierra Club to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to the federal agency’s request for comments on its gas pipeline certificate policy, which was last updated in 1999. The purpose of the comments was to urge FERC to revamp its processes for determining whether a pipeline is truly needed, not accept contracts with a pipeline company’s own affiliates as proof of market demand, and not grant pipelines the authority to seize land through eminent domain before a pipeline has received all of its required permits. EELC’s comments were submitted with the Columbia Environmental Law Clinic.

Read the comments here.