March 2020, Vol. 247, No. 3

Government

Federal Regulatory Actions Ease Pipeline Construction

Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington, D.C. Two key Trump administration environmental regulators have made moves to wipe away potential barriers to new pipeline construction. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued a proposed rule that would make it more difficult for environmentalists to block infrastructure construction because of concerns raised about the project’s creation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Over the past few years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has considered GHG emissions that might occur upstream and downstream from new pipeline construction but declined to nix the projects.  Environmental groups and FERC Commission

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