Major natural gas pipeline projects along the East Coast and Midwest face uncertainty as the federal agency that oversees the work loses a commissioner and will be unable to decide on projects indefinitely under President Donald Trump.
Democrat Norman Bay is stepping down today from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, leaving the five-member panel with just two commissioners, one short of the number needed to form a quorum.
Lack of a quorum blocks major agency actions and could short-circuit Trump’s goal to jump-start infrastructure projects, a key part of his campaign pledge to create jobs.
More immediately, Bay’s exit leaves the commission unable to approve or reject natural gas pipelines or settle proposed mergers, including a USD 12 billion plan to unite Great Plains and Westar energy companies in the Midwest. Read More…