Description: Challenge to FERC approval of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline expansion project in Pennsylvania and other locations on East Coast.
Allegheny Defense Project v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/23/2017 Petition for Review Download Petition for review filed. Environmental Groups Challenged East Coast Pipeline Project in D.C. Circuit. Environmental organizations filed a petition for review in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) approvals for the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline expansion project. The petitioners said that their request for rehearing had been denied because FERC had not acted on it within 30 days. The petitioners asserted that a tolling order issued by FERC staff was invalid. In the request for rehearing, the environmental groups had contended that the environmental review of the project, including its consideration of climate impacts, was deficient.
In re Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/31/2017 Order Download Stay denied. FERC Declined to Stay Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project; Rehearing Requests Still Pending. FERC denied requests for a stay of its February 3, 2017 order authorizing construction and operation of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project. FERC said the parties requesting the stay had not established that they would suffer irreparable harm. FERC noted that it had yet to consider the merits of any requests for rehearing. Parties had argued that flaws in FERC’s review of the pipeline project included failure to address downstream greenhouse gas impacts. 02/24/2017 Download Request for rehearing filed. Environmental and Community Groups Seek FERC Rehearing on Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. Two requests for rehearing filed with FERC asked the Commission to withdraw its order authorizing the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline expansion project and the final environmental impact statement for the project and to redo the environmental analysis and public convenience and necessity analysis in compliance with NEPA and the NGA. The Atlantic Sunrise project included approximately 200 miles of new pipeline, mostly in Pennsylvania, and related infrastructure in Pennsylvania and at other locations on the East Coast. One request for rehearing was filed by seven environmental and community organizations led by Allegheny Defense Project; the other request was filed by Accokeek, Mattawoman, Piscataway Creeks Communities Council Inc. The requests enumerated numerous alleged deficits in the environmental review, including a “fatally flawed” cumulative impacts analysis that “all but ignor[ed] the substantial impacts of Marcellus and Utica shale gas development and climate change” and a failure to adequately consider the project’s downstream impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 02/10/2017 Download Request for rehearing filed.