Frosh Asks FERC to Halt Fossil Fuel Project Approval During Pandemic

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is leading a coalition in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to postpone approvals of fossil-fuel infrastructure. 

Frosh and Attorneys General from nine states and Washington D.C. have written to FERC requesting that they cease approving new and pending natural gas pipelines and fossil-fuel infrastructure projects until the COVID-19 crisis subsides. In the coalition letter the group asserts that the crisis has presented the public with challenges to participating in the typically contentious and very involved process. They believe that to preserve due process and preserve the public input of those that will be affected by permit approvals. Under FERC permits companies can use eminent domain and proceed with often controversial projects.

From the press release:

“The COVID-19 crisis has created unprecedented challenges to parties seeking to participate in FERC cases,” said Attorney General Frosh. “Due process requires that FERC hit the pause button in pipeline proceedings until stakeholders are able to organize and raise their concerns without facing the obstacles posed by the pandemic.”

The letter was signed by the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Coalition Letter

Frosh Press Release

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