Pipeline projects in limbo as energy commissioner departs

Pipeline projects in limbo as energy commissioner departs

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…

Credit By : India.com

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