NEXUS Pipeline to FERC: Please Approve Project – NOW

In late January, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Norman Bay announced he was quitting, in a huff, because President Trump has elevating another commission member to be chairperson (see FERC Commissioner Resigns Threatening Major M-U Pipeline Projects). That announcement set off a flurry of activity. After Bay left, there would no longer be a quorum of voting members to approve projects. On his way out the door, Bay and the other two commission members approved a list of major Marcellus/Utica projects. But time was limited and there was one project left standing in the FERC game of musical chairs (see In FERC’s Game of Musical Chairs, NEXUS Pipeline Left Standing). NEXUS is a $2 billion, 255-mile interstate pipeline that will run from Ohio through Michigan and eventually to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. Originally the project was due to be up and running this year, but in July NEXUS officials admitted that ain’t gonna happen (see NEXUS Pipeline Startup Slips to 2018 Due to Quorumless FERC). In addition to lack of a voting quorum at FERC, NEXUS faces legal action by a small group of antis (see CORNballs Accuse FERC of Illegally Approving NEXUS Pipeline in OH). However, now that FERC does have a quorum, NEXUS is wasting no time. They want to be first in line for an approval. Last Friday NEXUS sent FERC a letter “respectfully” requesting “immediate issuance” of the certificate so they can begin construction NOW…

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