Two senators who lead the Energy and Natural Resources Committee expressed frustration during a recent forum at the difficulty in filling the two open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

“If we just get a full working FERC it will be a miracle,” said Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), ranking minority member of the committee, at an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 30. “We’re trying to get up to five members. We’re had three for quite some time.”

For Manchin, it means that needed pipelines cannot be built.

“My state is shut down for the Marcellus and Utica shale,” he said.

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