New FERC Quorum Votes Final Approval for NEXUS Pipeline

Two new members added to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Trump (Neil Chatterjee and Rob Powelson), added to the Obama-appointed member (Cheryl LaFleur) have not wasted any time in authorizing their first major pipeline project as a group. Last week the trio voted to approve the first major pipeline project since a quorum has been reestablished–NEXUS, a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. On August 4th, NEXUS, which is a jointly owned project between DTE Energy and Spectra Energy (now part of Enbridge), sent a letter to the new FERC quorum urging fast action (see NEXUS Pipeline to FERC: Please Approve Project – NOW). Perhaps the letter did the trick. On Friday, August 25th, the three issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity (full copy below) allowing the project to move forward. Because of the delay when FERC was without a quorum, NEXUS says the pipeline will now evaluate and supply a new construction schedule, but they do plan to have the pipeline up and running sometime in 2018…

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