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Due to the recent resignation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Norman Bay, FERC will lose its ability to approve permits on Friday, February 3rd! There is speculation that the industry is pushing FERC to approve several pending permit applications this week, before they lose the quorum of commissioners needed to do so. These pipelines include Williams Partners’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, NEXUS Gas Transmission’s NEXUS pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover project, and National Fuel Gas Co’s Northern Access Expansion.
Today, Green America’s Green Business Network sent the following statement to Norman Bay’s staff:
On behalf of Green America’s Green Business Network, representing 3,000 businesses nationwide committed to combining profitability with social and environmental sustainability, we are writing to encourage Norman Bay and FERC to refrain from approval of pipeline permits currently before the commission. These permits include Williams Partners’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, NEXUS Gas Transmission’s NEXUS pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover project, and National Fuel Gas Co’s Northern Access Expansion.
With Chairman Norman Bay’s departure from FERC imminent, there should not be a rush to approve these pipelines. These are controversial infrastructure projects with large impacts on many communities. Each needs careful consideration. To rush these pipelines through now just to get them approved before FERC loses its quorum on Feb. 3rd would be a disappointing way for Norman Bay to end his time at FERC.
Green Business Network members rely on healthy communities nationwide and are deeply concerned by the rising impacts of climate change, including impacts on their supply chains and operations. For the communities that stand to be hurt by these pipeline projects, and for the climate, we urge FERC to do the right thing, and hold off on voting for these pipelines.
Alisa Gravitz President and CEO Green America
Fran Teplitz Executive Co-Director for Business, Investing & Policy Green America
Business leaders: Please write or call Norman Bay’s staff today! Tell them not to approve these permits. Additionally, if you’re connected to or able to reach out to community leaders, business leaders, or local and/or state politicians, please do so. Ask them to call FERC and request that these projects not be rushed through this week.
Contact Information for Norman Bay’s Advisors:
Emma Nicholson (Advisor) 202-502-8846, [email protected]
Erica Hough (Advisor) 202-502-8251, [email protected]
Rama Zakaria (Advisor) 202-502-6592, [email protected]
Tyler Stoff (Program Analyst) 202-502-8270, [email protected]
Benjamin Williams (Confidential Assistant) 202-502-8506, [email protected]