FERC Issues Supplemental EIS in Response to Court Decision

On September 29, 2017 the Washington Examiner reported that FERC took its first step in response to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision saying the Commission must account for downstream greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas power plants in pipeline permit decisions. “The new draft supplement now ‘estimates the greenhouse gas emissions generated by the [Southeast Market Pipelines] Project’s customers’ downstream facilities,’ according to a commission statement. The new draft also describes ‘the methodology used to determine these estimates, discusses context for understanding the magnitude of these emissions, and addresses the value of using the social cost of carbon tool,’ according to FERC. The social cost of carbon metric is something the Trump administration is trying to remove from regulations. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the agency to redo its environmental review in responding to litigation against the agency.”