FERC Official Not On Board With Cross-Border Energy Bill

The process for approval of pipelines that cross the border should not be sped up, a FERC regulator will testify Tuesday.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 28, 2013, 11:33 a.m.

A plan to ex­ped­ite cross-bor­der pipelines and oth­er en­ergy pro­jects would in­hib­it agen­cies’ abil­ity to re­view pro­jects and would stifle pub­lic feed­back on pro­pos­als, ac­cord­ing to testi­mony that will be presen­ted Tues­day by an en­ergy reg­u­lat­or.

“A 120-day dead­line would not per­mit con­struc­tion of an ad­equate re­cord, en­able im­port­ant agency con­sulta­tion, or al­low for mean­ing­ful pub­lic in­ter­ac­tion in ar­riv­ing at a de­cision,” wrote Fed­er­al En­ergy Reg­u­lat­ory Com­mis­sion of­fi­cial Jeff Wright, ad­dress­ing the mod­i­fied pipeline-ap­prov­al win­dow.

Wright is among the of­fi­cials who will testi­fy Tues­day on the North Amer­ic­an En­ergy In­fra­struc­ture Act, sponsored by En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee Chair­man Fred Up­ton, R-Mich., and Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas.

Wright con­tin­ued: “[T]he pro­posed … ap­prov­al pro­cess would neg­ate the abil­ity of the com­mis­sion to con­sider stake­hold­er con­cerns and severely cur­tail the com­mis­sion’s abil­ity to con­duct a thor­ough ana­lys­is of a pro­ject in­volving bor­der fa­cil­it­ies, res­ult­ing in a de­cision whose sus­tain­ab­il­ity is ques­tion­able.”


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