US Senator McConnell Asks FERC to Kill Climate Rule for Pipelines

Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate’s top Republican, wants FERC to rescind rules it just issued in February that require pipeline project reviews to weigh the direct and indirect impacts of GHG emissions.

Valerie Volcovici, Reuters

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell called on federal regulators to kill new requirements to consider the greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions of natural gas pipelines before approving construction, saying the rule hinders gas exports to Europe at time that European allies need it most.

The Senate’s top Republican wants the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to rescind rules it just issued in February that require pipeline project reviews to weigh the direct and indirect impacts of GHG emissions and consider their impact on vulnerable communities that live near proposed construction.

Pipeline companies including Kinder Morgan Inc. and Boardwalk Pipeline have asked FERC not to apply the new review to pending projects. Environmental groups have urged President Joe Biden’s administration not to abandon plans combat climate change in light of energy supply disruptions due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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