FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson Leaving Friday – Deadlock Looms

Our opinion of FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson has gone down over the past month or so (see FERC Gridlock Coming Thx to Rob Powelson (Selfishly) Leaving). Powelson is selfishly leaving FERC after doing excellent work at the agency over the past one year. FERC has five commissioners total. After Powelson leaves, new pipeline projects face the prospect of deadlocked 2-2 FERC votes because two of the commissioners are partisan Democrats who put party bosses above the good of the country (nothing new there). And that makes us angry with Powelson. He should have put his own ambitions on hold for a few more years, for the good of the country, and served out his entire term at FERC. So while Powelson admittedly did good work (he’s from PA and has been a champion for the Marcellus/Utica region), he’s now soiling his reputation by abandoning ship and leaving us with a deadlocked commission. Friday is Powelson’s last official day. He sat down for a final interview with FERC’s official podcast called Open Access…

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