The court granted a request by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which had petitioned to nullify federal permits the Dakota Access Pipeline on grounds that the Army Corps of Engineers violated NEPA.
"The recent fall in LNG prices to record lows has not dented investor interest in setting up new LNG export facilities in the United States," FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee says.
The vote was 54-40, with Democratic Senators Joe Manchin, Doug Jones and Kyrsten Sinema joining Republicans to support James Danly, who has been the FERC’s general counsel.
Dispute between Dominion and environmental groups concerns construction under a national park.
Indigenous communities have blocked rail lines to protest construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline.
A Minnesota regulator ruled on Feb. 3 that a revised environmental impact statement for Enbridge’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement is adequate, helping to clear a significant hurdle.
PennEast said in a filing with the U.S. FERC that it expects to be able to complete the Pennsylvania section of the natural gas pipeline by November 2021.
Natural gas pipeline’s effort to use federal eminent domain to build on state land had been rejected by appeals court and will now move on to the U.S. Supreme Court.