If the Obama administration’s plan to reduce carbon pollution is to be successful, it will need to rely on natural gas and existing and substantially expanded delivery infrastructure, FERC Chairman Cheryl LaFleur told a National Press Club audience in Washington Tuesday.
LaFleur struck back at environmental opposition, which has recently included sit-ins during Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meetings. She warned that the expansion and construction of natural gas pipelines — while an integral part for helping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) meet the goals laid out in its Clean Power Plan (CPP) — faces “unprecedented opposition” from environmental groups. She said that makes transparency at FERC essential.
“I think additions to both the gas and electric infrastructure will be needed to carry out the CPP. In the case of gas pipelines and gas compressor stations, FERC is the one who does the environmental review, permits them and decides the rates.”