Senators Warren And Markey Call On FERC To Revoke Approval Of Western Mass. Pipeline
Apr 25, 2017 05:58AM ● Published by Theresa Gilman
Senators Warren and Markey
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren.)
The full text of the letter is available HERE.Washington, D.C. – On April 19, 2017, United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) calling on the agency to revoke its authorization for Kinder Morgan's Connecticut Expansion Project in Western Massachusetts until FERC has taken steps to hold a rehearing.
"Nearly a year has lapsed since FERC granted the rehearing request, and no action has been taken to hear the concerns of the citizens of Sandisfield, effectively silencing them before the Commission and before the Courts," write the Senators. "For FERC to allow last week's issuance of a notice to proceed with construction when it lacks a quorum and, therefore, cannot act on the rehearing request, is profoundly troubling."
The Senators write that, "If Tennessee Gas is allowed to proceed with tree clearing and construction there will be irreparable harm done to Otis State Forest, a natural treasure of Massachusetts."
The Senators also note a letter from FERC to Senators in which the agency writes "with the departure of former Chairman Norman Bay, the Commission was left without a quorum, and is thus unable to act on requests for rehearing." The Senators argue that "FERC cannot act on requests for rehearing because it is without a quorum, it should not allow FERC staff to authorize projects that are the subject of rehearing requests to go forward."
The February 1, 2017 letter to FERC is available HERE. FERC's March 20, 2017 response is available HERE.