Dear Chairman Manchin and Ranking Member Barrasso:
The Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) appreciates the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee holding an oversight hearing to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) sweeping changes to natural gas infrastructure policy.
When FERC issued its new natural gas certificate and greenhouse gas mitigation policy statements, the Commission’s majority suggested that changes to FERC policy are needed to improve the predictability and certainty of the natural gas infrastructure certification process. But instead of creating a more predictable process, FERC’s new policy statements abandon the prior bipartisan approach to natural gas permitting that has delivered the many benefits of U.S. natural gas across our country and around the world. Instead of providing more certainty, FERC’s new policies create more confusion and set the stage for unprecedented chaos in FERC’s natural gas certificate proceedings moving forward.