FERC Open Meetings Restart on Sept 20, Some Votes Coming Sooner

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sent an important signal last week: the agency is open for business and they won’t wait until the first public meeting (Sept. 20th) to begin voting on important pipeline projects. That’s our take after reading a notice posted by FERC, and after reading statements made by a FERC spokesperson. Which is good news for the many pipeline projects currently in limbo. A quorum of voting members was reestablished last week when both Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson were sworn in (see FERC Quorum Restored; New Chairman; List of Stalled Pipe Projects). There are now three (of five) commissioners appointed and working–enough to cast votes on important/big/”controversial” pipeline projects. Typically such votes are cast in an open and public meeting, held monthly. The next such meeting will be held Sept. 20th, according to a FERC announcement. However, the same announcement hints that voting will go on now, ahead of the public meeting, and projects can (likely will) get approved now, ahead of the monthly public meeting…

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