NH Delegation Sends Letter to FERC

September 10, 2015NHPLAN Logo 2015-11-07

Dear Chairman Bay:

We write regarding concerns with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) permitting process for natural gas pipelines. In meetings across New Hampshire, our constituents continue to raise questions and concerns with the Commission’s permitting process. We respectfully request explanations to the following concerns as posed by our constituents:

  • Do you agree that FERC should make the threshold determination for “public need” before siting a proposed pipeline? Has FERC made that threshold determination in the case of Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline? If so, please share with us your detailed analysis regarding the determination.
  • Do you agree that in determining the “public need” for a proposed pipeline in a particular region, FERC should evaluate the potential impact of other proposed projects in the region, which may collectively provide unneeded excess capacity? Has it done so for the proposed NED project?  Read more …