NEXUS Pipeline Startup Slips to 2018 Due to Quorumless FERC

NEXUS Pipeline is a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate natural gas pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. NEXUS was one of the large pipeline projects left out of a list of pipelines that received final Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval back in early February, just prior to FERC losing a quorum of voting members (see In FERC’s Game of Musical Chairs, NEXUS Pipeline Left Standing). As soon as FERC has a quorum, NEXUS is ready to build (see NEXUS Pipe Revved Like a Race Car, Waiting for FERC Green Flag). However, new FERC commissioners are being held up in a final Senate vote by vicious Democrat Chuck “the schmuck” Schumer. He refuses to allow the Senate to vote on members already approved and ready to start. Because of Schumer’s delay tactics with FERC commissioners, DTE Energy, the main sponsor of NEXUS, had to admit on a quarterly analyst phone call yesterday that the timeline for NEXUS to get built and be online has now, officially, slipped into 2018…

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