Climate Nexus, Oct 13th 2016
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not properly account for climate change in its environmental impact assessment of a $1.4 billion natural gas pipeline, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In April, FERC found that the 160-mile Leach Xpress pipeline would have a limited impact on the environment, but the EPA argues potential emissions from burning the natural gas transported by the pipeline need to be factored in.
The EPA’s statement comes just a few months after the Obama administration called on federal agencies to consider the climate impacts of their projects and at a time of increasing pipeline protests due to environmental justice and climate impacts.
Editor’s Note: This is exactly the point SOCAN made in our submission written in response to the FERC Draft Environmental Impact Statement in the Jordan Cove / Pacific Connector Project. It’s great that, at last, the EPA has caught up with SOCAN. May they do so again and repeatedly.