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API welcomes Senate action to restore quorum at FERC

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) recently welcomed the nominations of Richard Glick to be a Commissioner and Kevin McIntyre to be the Chairman of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The API has called on the Senate to promptly approve these nominations so that the agency can continue its work to approve important infrastructure projects across the country.

API Midstream and Industry Operations Group Director, Robin Rorick, said: “This action by the administration is an important step in modernising our nation’s infrastructure […] FERC has gone without a quorum for far too long, stalling nearly US$4 billion of investment in our nation’s energy infrastructure. Restoring a full complement of commissioners to FERC will result in job creation and benefit consumers by expanding the infrastructure needed to provide affordable, reliable, clean-burning natural gas.

“Approval of these well-qualified nominees by the Senate will ensure that the agency can return to its mission of evaluating and approving needed energy infrastructure projects around the country.”

The API thanked Senator Murkowski for her commitment to swift committee action on these nominees and urges Majority Leader McConnell to schedule a floor vote as soon as possible. The API also applauded the Senate’s action today to confirm Rob Powelson and Neil Chatterjee to be Commissioners at FERC.

Rorick continued: “With the Senate’s action today to restore a quorum at FERC, the agency will be able to resume its responsibility of properly evaluating and approving natural gas pipeline projects around the country […] There are billions of dollars of privately funded infrastructure projects currently tied up at FERC because the agency has lacked a quorum. With the confirmation of both Powelson and Chatterjee, the agency can now move forward in approving the critical natural gas infrastructure that will create jobs across the country, and help ensure that consumers can have access to clean-burning, affordable, reliable natural gas.”

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