Republicans Call on FERC To Approve Natural Gas Project

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( – A number of Congress members sent a letter intended for the country’s top energy regulator, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling for them to stop delaying approval for an major gas project.

According to Fox News, the letter was sent on Friday, October 6. It was signed by eight Republican House and Senate members, with Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, R-Ore. leading the move. The group called for FERC to provide immediate approval for the Gas Transmission Northwest Xpress Project in the Pacific Northwest. If the project is approved, it would mean that three compressor stations would be upgraded and that the existing system used for natural gas transportation would have an increased capacity.

The letter was first obtained by Fox News Digital, and in it, the group stated that the delay was causing uncertainty among people who use energy in district and states. They added that it is likely going to mean that those users are going to be forced to use other energy options that are higher. They also said that the project met all of the criteria set by the Commission and that there was no reason for these extended delays to its approval.

In the letter, they said that the project was not anticipated to have any bid environment impact, which is one of the key points made by FERC’s final environmental impact statement. As such, the increase in natural gas was going to help the country lower greenhouse gas emissions and the switch from coal to gas had already led to electric sector emissions being reduced by 32 percent from 2005 to 2019.

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