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FERC Chairman dissents on pipeline applications

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World Pipelines,

On 13 October, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued certificates to the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipeline projects. Yet, one FERC Commissioner – Cheryl LaFleur – disagreed with the certificates, refusing to approve them. In response to this dissent, Tom Gilbert from ReThink Energy NJ issued the following statement:

"Commissioner LaFleur's dissent echoes former Chairman Norman Bay's call to FERC to take a more searching look at whether there is an actual need for a pipeline project. By simply relying on contracts for the pipeline capacity, FERC is violating both its own certificate policy and the Natural Gas Act,” said Gilbert.

"The New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel and independent energy experts have found no evidence of need for PennEast, pointing to self-dealing contracts that do not demonstrate public need. If FERC takes a hard look at the need for PennEast – as Commissioner LaFleur suggests – the agency will have ample reason to deny the project.”

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