The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project moments before the agency lost its quorum with the resignation of Commissioner Norman Bay, effective 5 pm on February 3. 183-mile pipeline would run through more than 50 “protected” conservation easements in Pennsylvania and feed an additional 1.7 bcf/day of fracked gas into the Transco system, which serves Cove Point. The 93-page FERC decision is here.
Among other last minute actions the agency took before Commissioner Bay’s resignation took effect was to approve a 55-mile natural-gas pipeline to be built by Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission in South Carolina over the objections of landowners and environmental groups. More details here.