PennEast Pipeline at a Standstill with FERC Approval

The PennEast pipeline proposed for construction through New Jersey and Pennsylvania is at a standstill with gaining necessary approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state agencies, adding to the list of beleaguered gas pipeline projects throughout the U.S. that are being hit with opposition by legislators, regulatory agencies, and the surrounding communities.

FERC’s project review for the PennEast pipeline has been delayed by as much as a year, pushing back the anticipated in-service start date from late 2017 to the middle of 2018.

Tom Gilbert, campaign director of ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation, reports that PennEast’s application is riddled with problems and that “multiple natural gas infrastructure projects have faced unprecedented regulatory problems in recent months.” He predicts that these recurring issues will “signal a change in the regulatory fabric of the natural gas industry, which will impact the PennEast project.”

The project faces extreme opposition by regulatory agencies and communities and may possibly have to withdraw its application. 

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Railroad Commission of Texas to Host 2016 Pipeline Safety Conference in San Antonio, Texas

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is hosting its 2016 Pipeline Safety Conference on August 24-26 in San Antonio, Texas.

The purpose of this conference is to educate the pipeline industry on both federal and state regulations. During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with RRC Pipeline Safety staff and inspectors, learn about safety changes at the RRC and how they will affect the industry, hear the new regulations that are coming from the federal and state levels, learn about services and products that will contribute to more efficient systems, and exchange ideas and best practices with peers in the industry.

Accommodations have been reserved at the Embassy Suites River Walk. For more information on rates and reservations, visit the Texas Gas Association website. The registration form and information on fees will also be available on their website.

For more information about the conference, visit Railroad Commission of Texas.