With less than two weeks before PennEast’s requested in-service date, the pipeline company requested a two-year extension.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation, The Watershed Institute, and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network submitted a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to oppose PennEast’s baseless request for an extension of time.
On January 19, 2018, FERC issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity to PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, that included PennEast’s requested in-service date of January 19, 2020. Now, just weeks before that date approaches, PennEast requests a two-year extension. PennEast has known since October 8, 2018 — three months ago — that it had been denied requisite Clean Water Act approvals and had not procured the land along its proposed route, with any potential for progress towards construction on the proposed route stymied by both of those significant legal obstacles.
On this basis alone, FERC should reject PennEast’s eleventh hour request for an extension of its in-service date.