What FERC Flip-Flop Says About Politics And Energy Projects

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By Martha Kammoun and Rachael Marsh (April 19, 2022, 5:07 PM EDT) — On March 24, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission made an unexpected and bipartisan about-face on its freshly updated policies for considering the environmental impacts of natural gas infrastructure projects, like pipelines and liquefied natural gas, or LNG, export facilities.[1]

Just a month after issuing the new policies — which were issued on partisan lines, and which warned that natural gas infrastructure projects may be scuttled based on their downstream greenhouse gas emissions — FERC placed the policies on hold, labeling them as “drafts” and welcoming stakeholder comments.[2] FERC also broke a logjam to issue new natural gas infrastructure project approvals on…

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