Big Green Begs FERC to Delay Construction of Atlantic Sunrise Pipe

Last week the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the final permit needed by Williams to begin construction on Atlantic Sunrise, a $3 billion, 198-mile pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with the Williams’ Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County (see PA Issues Final Permit for Atlantic Sunrise, Construction Sept 20). The only thing left before Williams fires up the bulldozers and backhoes and begins to dig is for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which has already fully approved the project, to issue a “you can begin building” order. Last week Williams said they hope/plan to receive that order imminently, and begin construction next week, on Sept. 20th. However, the radicals at the Sierra Club and a bunch of other loony leftist “environmental” organizations are riding in to ruin the day. They’ve filed an urgent request with FERC to delay issuing the order to begin building. Why? Because these cancerous groups previously filed a lawsuit in federal court that seeks to have FERC reverse their decision to approve the project. The first step in the process when radical groups challenge a FERC order is for FERC itself to reconsider whether or not to rehear arguments against a project. FERC did delay, using something called a “tolling order.” Because of the tolling order delay, the radicals could not (as they wanted all along) appeal the case to the liberal D.C. Court of Appeals, the next step in the process. The radicals say the now-appealed case before the 2nd Circuit hasn’t had enough time, therefore FERC should delay an order to allow construction to begin for Atlantic Sunrise…

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