Description: Request for rehearing of authorization for natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and related facilities
In re PennEast Pipeline Co.
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/12/2018 Request for Rehearing Download Request for rehearing filed. Conservation Groups Asked FERC to Reconsider Authorization of PennEast Pipeline Project. Two conservation groups filed a request for rehearing and motion for stay of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) order granting a conditional certificate of public convenience and necessity for the PennEast Pipeline Project. The project includes approximately 116 miles of natural gas pipeline extending from Pennsylvania to New Jersey, multiple lateral connections, a compressor station, and other facilities. The groups asserted that the order granting the certificate violated the Natural Gas Act, the Takings Clause, the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and NEPA. With respect to the Natural Gas Act, the groups contended that FERC’s order failed to demonstrate that the project was required by the public convenience and necessity because, among other shortcomings, FERC failed to balance claimed economic benefits against potential adverse impacts, including adverse environmental impacts. The groups noted in their filing that if the pipeline would lead to a net increase in gas consumption, as claimed by the applicants, it would also enable upstream gas production (and fugitive emissions of methane) and downstream gas consumption (and combustion emissions of carbon dioxide). The groups also contended that the environmental impact statement for the project was “wholly deficient” because, among other reasons, it failed to include a robust alternatives analysis with adequate consideration of a no action alternative or clean energy or liquefied natural gas alternatives.