FERC Chief Rejects ‘Anti-gas’ Label

Glick insists that tougher reviews of infrastructure projects on the front end will enable permit approvals to survive court challenges.

Left: Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of S&P Global, talks to FERC Chairman Richard Glick during the CERAWeek conference. Right: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) also spoke at the conference, saying the commission could do more to work with oil and gas companies on meeting regulatory requirements. (Source: CERAWeek by S&P Global)

Left: Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of S&P Global, talks to FERC Chairman Richard Glick during the CERAWeek conference. Right: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) also spoke at the conference, saying the commission could do more to work with oil and gas companies on meeting regulatory requirements. (Source: Images by CERAWeek by S&P Global)

HOUSTON—The chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) pushed back against insinuations of an “anti-gas agenda” at last week’s CERAWeek by S&P Global, insisting that permit approvals are more likely to stand up to judicial scrutiny when his agency conducts rigorous reviews of applications.

FERC Chairman Richard Glick cited the Atlantic Coast natural gas pipeline project as an example.

“That was canceled because their regulatory reviews kept getting thrown out in courts because the previous administration wasn’t handling their reviews right,” Glick said. “We have the Mountain Valley Project that FERC has approved, but the Forest Service, the Interior Department, their reviews were found deficient.”

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Joseph Markman

Joseph Markman, senior editor for Hart Energy, covers markets and provides data analysis for all Hart Energy editorial products.