The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Agency for a high-level meeting to discuss more comprehensive climate reviews of proposed natural gas pipelines. In an October 24 article in Greenwire, Ken Westlake, who heads the National Environmental Policy Act section of EPA’s Region 5 Office in Chicago, says:
We as an agency think they need to take a more comprehensive approach to analyzing
greenhouse gas emissions for natural gas projects. There have been a number of new pipelines or extended pipelines proposed to cross the country this year, and this particular letter represents us saying to FERC, “We really need to talk comprehensively about FERC’s approach to greenhouse gas analysis in their NEPA documents.” We have not received any reply from FERC.