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Washington Post Quotes Monique Watson on FERC’s Valley Lateral Ruling

September 20, 2017

The Washington Post quoted Monique Watson in a September 19 article titled “The Energy 202: FERC is Up and Running Again. That Means Trump Gets More of the Pipelines He Wants.” The article discusses a ruling from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to stop the state of New York from halting construction of a natural gas pipeline. The article states that FERC, under new chairman Neil Chatterjee, decided that New York had taken too long to issue a water permit the Millennium Pipeline Company needed to begin construction on its Valley Lateral Project, thereby waiving its authority under the Clean Water Act. Some believe the Valley Lateral Project offers the first hint of how the new FERC, finally with a quorum, will rule.

Ms. Watson says that she could not “recall a time when the commission responded to a petition from an applicant seeking a ruling from the commission that a state has waived its authority under the Clean Water Act.” But even if the decision is unprecedented, Ms. Watson adds, the FERC hasn't faced many decisions like the Valley Lateral Project case and that FERC is just interpreting a statute. "The commission historically has not been a political body.” Under Chatterjee, she added, "I don't anticipate the commission will take a political bent."

The full article can be read at The Washington Post.

Ms. Watson was quoted on the same topic in E&E News (subscription required).