Empty FERC chairs leave NEXUS in limbo

Staff Report

Any decision on the NEXUS pipeline has been delayed indefinitely after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to make a ruling on it last Friday.

The pipeline’s developers had asked FERC to fast-track a decision on the project after Norman Bay resigned from his seat on the commission effective Feb. 3. Bay’s announcement came shortly after President Donald Trump named Cheryl LaFleur the acting chair of the commission.

Bay’s resignation leaves FERC with just two of its five seats filled, one short of the quorum necessary to approve projects such as NEXUS.

Experts estimate it could take several weeks — even months — before another commissioner is appointed to the regulatory body. Additionally, commissioner Collete Honorable’s term expires on June 30, which would leave LaFleur alone on the commission.

Several organizations, including Oberlin’s Communities for Safe and Sustainable Energy, urged FERC to deny the request for a ruling on the project by Feb. 3.

Staff Report

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