Riverkeeper Gears Up to Fight PennEast in Court via FERC Requests

That didn’t take long. We knew it wouldn’t. Last Friday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its full, final approval for the PennEast Pipeline project, a $1 billion, 120-mile primarily 36-inch natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Dallas (Luzerne County), PA to Transco’s pipeline interconnection near Pennington (Mercer County), NJ. (see FERC Grants Final Approval for PennEast Pipe – Real Battle Begins). Yesterday THE Delaware Riverkeeper, a radicalized Big Green group, filed two requests with FERC: (1) a motion to “rehear” (i.e. reconsider) their decision to approve PennEast, and (2) a motion to block any construction on PennEast until the motion to rehear has been decided. As Riverkeeper plainly states on their website, “A Rehearing Request must be submitted and denied before a legal challenge in court can be pursued.” A court challenge is, of course, the strategy. Asking FERC to rehear the decision is nothing more than going through the motions, jumping through the necessary hoops. A huge side benefit for Riverkeeper with FERC’s decision to approve PennEast is that the opposition to the project can be leveraged as a big fundraiser for Riverkeeper: “Help us stop the big, bad pipeline. Donate here!” Below is Riverkeeper’s press release (i.e. fundraiser) about their plan to challenge FERC approval, along with their FERC filings from yesterday…

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