Court rules against FERC process that delayed legal challenges to gas pipelines

Oil & Gas Journal: The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) can no longer use a process that has prevented landowners from going to court while a company is starting eminent domain proceedings to build a natural gas pipeline across the landowners’ property, a court ruled June 30.

The Natural Gas Act says aggrieved parties can go to court to fight a FERC-approved interstate pipeline, but only after rehearing has been denied by FERC. If the regulator takes no action within 30 days of a rehearing request, the request is deemed denied and the parties can seek judicial review.

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