Federal Energy Regulator Rejects Moratorium on Pipelines

by | May 24, 2020

Federal Energy Regulatory Comission Chairman Neil Chatterjee rejected a request from the governors of several states to pause permitting of new pipeline projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic, The Hill reports. In a letter to the attorney general of Virginia, one of the states that requested the moratorium, Chatterjee wrote, “Hindering the build-out of energy infrastructure now could have long-term and lasting negative impacts on the delivery of energy in the future.” Status: FERC announced its decision on May 12, 2020 in a letter to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.