August 2021, Vol. 248, No. 8


Court Adds to Democratic FERC Leverage on Pipeline Standards

By Stephen Barlas, Contributing Editor, Washington D.C. A federal court decision stopping operation of the Spire STL pipeline in Missouri strengthens the hands of the Democratic leadership of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as it considers pipeline-opposed changes to its 1999 pipeline approval policy standards.    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C.), the second highest court in the United States, with authority over federal regulatory policy, on June 18 canceled FERC’s 2018 certification of the 66-mile (106 km) St. Louis-area pipeline, citing FERC’s failure to adequately determine if there were an actual need for additiona

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