Last Friday, FERC issued a certificate for the PennEast Pipeline Project, a project in the pipelines the past 3 years. The 116-mile project would carry Marcellus natural gas from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ. Providing up to 1.1 dekatherms per day of transportation service.
While the 4-1 decision was announced, three commissioners issued opinions within the report. Commissioner Richard Glick, the only dissenting vote, questioned the acceptance of client commitments from the project’s affiliations for a majority of the subscribed capacity. Glick also took exception to FERC issuing certificates with major environmental conditions not yet met, although he recognized landowners denial to land access to acquire information. Glick stated in his letter, “In my view, Congress did not intend for the Commission to issue certificates so that certificate holders may use eminent domain to acquire the information needed to determine whether the pipeline is in the public interest.”
Commissioners Neil Chatterjee and Cheryl LeFleur wrote in favor of the decision, but also expressed concern in lack of data due to landowners not allowing project workers on the land to complete the land survey data.
“Approval of the PennEast Pipeline is a major victory for New Jersey and Pennsylvania families and businesses,” said Anthony Cox, Chair of the PennEast Pipeline Company LLC Board of Managers. “They will reap the benefits of accessing one of the most affordable and abundant supplies of natural gas in all of North America. PennEast will lower gas and electricity costs, increase reliability, improve air quality, and make the region more competitive for jobs in the coming decades.”
The Commission’s 106-page decision can be found on the FERC website.