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article imageFederal regulators approve four gas projects ahead of cutoff

By Karen Graham     Feb 4, 2017 in Business
Late on Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave its approval to the $4 billion Rover natural gas pipeline, the $3 billion Atlantic Sunrise pipeline and two smaller pipelines before the agency lost its ability to act.
Energy Transfer Partners LP's Rover natural gas pipeline that will move 3.25 billion cubic feet per day from Pennsylvania to Ontario was just one of a number of projects awaiting approval from federal regulators while the agency still had a quorum needed to make any rulings, reports Reuters.
As of February 3, agency member Norman Bay was resigning, leaving FERC one commissioner short of the required three-member quorum. It could take months before President Trump's replacement for Bay is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, so Bay's resignation prompted pipeline companies to push for approval before the deadline, according to Argus Media.
Other companies, including Spectra Energy Corp on the Nexus pipeline, Williams Cos Inc on Atlantic Sunrise, TransCanada Corp on Leach, and National Fuel Gas Co on Northern Access were also pushing for approval on Thursday.
The Courier, serving several counties in northwestern Ohio, is reporting that approval of the 551-mile ETP pipeline, with portions of it to run through Seneca, Hancock, Wood and Henry counties, allows the pipeline company to use eminent domain to acquire land for pipeline easements.
ETP's Rover pipeline was not given "blanket" approval by FERC because of their "intentional demolition" of an historic house near the pipeline's route with no prior notice. FERC said the intentional act by ETP raised concerns about their compliance with environmental rules.
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