‘An Unprecedented Mess’: DC Circuit Rejects FERC Approval Of Existing Spire Gas Pipeline
- A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday vacated a federal order granting a $287 million Midwest gas pipeline license to operate, in what environmentalists called a “historic” move against an already-constructed and operational facility.
- The court ruled in favor of the Environmental Defense Fund, finding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission “ignored record evidence of self-dealing and failed to seriously and thoroughly conduct the interest-balancing required by its own Certificate Policy Statement” in its 2018 order allowing the Spire STL pipeline project to move forward. The move could have major implications on future and current gas infrastructure projects, say stakeholders.
- Environmentalists heralded the ruling as a definitive win against a commission they say has historically rubber-stamped gas infrastructure projects without proponents appropriately demonstrating need for them.