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FERC Approves Gas Pipeline Expansion Despite Climate Concerns

Federal regulators approved a plan to expand a natural gas pipeline in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, despite objections from Democrats and environmentalists.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously approved a plan by Canadian energy giant TC Energy to upgrade the Gas Transmission Northwest system. The 1,400-mile pipeline can move up to 2.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from western Canada to utilities and customers in Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.
TC Energy’s $335 million plan will increase the pipeline’s capacity by 150 million cubic feet of gas per day. The project would involve software upgrades and construction on gas compression facilities in Kent, Oregon; Athol, Idaho; and Starbuck, Washington.
Environmentalists say the expansion is incompatible with climate policies and that it will lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions. They also point out that compressor stations are themselves sources of emissions.
TC Energy says the expansion will meet a growing demand for natural gas and will keep energy affordable and reliable for consumers.
The decision was split down party lines, with Republicans and the Pipeliners Local Union 798 applauding the commission for greenlighting the upgrade and Democrats condemning it.
Northwest tribes and environmentalists have notched major victories against new fossil fuel terminals in recent years, but they say the approval of the pipeline expansion shows that energy firms are now pivoting away from proposals for new infrastructure in favor of expanding old pipelines and terminals in the Northwest.

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  • walter lungayi

    37 w

    This is so heartbreaking. It is important for policymakers and regulators to carefully consider the potential environmental impact of gas pipeline expansion projects, particularly in light of the urgent need to address climate change and transition to renewable energy sources.

    • Rashid Kamau

      38 w

      This is worrying.

      • Esther Wanjiku

        38 w

        This is intensely heartwrenching

        • winnie nguru

          38 w

          At such a critical time as this? This is wrong in all ways

          • We Don't Have Time

            38 w

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            • rosebellendiritu

              38 w

              This is not the time to approve projects that are bringing harm to our planet

              • Kevin

                38 w

                Retrogressive moves like these keep derailing our chance at positive climate action

                • CHRIS NGATIA

                  38 w

                  They are letting us down

                  • mercy nduta

                    38 w

                    Disappointing! 2 steps ahead 100 steps backwards.

                    • Elizabeth Gathigia

                      38 w

                      So disappointing, our planet does not need it

                      • Gorffly mokua

                        38 w

                        This is disheartening, we need climate conscious decisions!

                        • Jane Wangui

                          38 w

                          @gorffly_mokua I wish they would rethink this decision, because we had made so much progress that this will pull us behind.

                        • Peter Kamau

                          38 w

                          A very backward move this one

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