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Western State Attorneys General Seek to Halt Capacity Expansion
- California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today filed a motion to intervene and request that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) deny the proposed capacity expansion of the Gas Transmission Northwest Express (GTN) pipeline. The Western states also submitted comments criticizing FERC’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the capacity expansion. The proposed capacity expansion would increase the amount of natural gas carried by the pipeline by 150 million cubic feet per day, resulting in increased greenhouse gas emissions and downstream impacts on nearby environmental justice communities. In the motion, the Western states argue that GTN’s application has not demonstrated sufficient evidence of a public need or that the project is in the public interest. In the comments, the Western states stress that FERC’s draft EIS entirely fails to analyze these impacts or to reconcile the expansion with state laws and policies promoting renewable energy, in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act.