May 09, 2017
Don Santa, president and chief executive officer of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, today lauded the White House for announcing its intent to nominate two individuals as commissioners to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and thus – if the individuals are nominated and confirmed—restore the quorum at FERC, lacking since February.
“We applaud President Trump for announcing his intent to nominate Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as FERC commissioners, and we urge the Senate to act expeditiously on these nominations.
“The president, and many members of Congress, have stressed the economic importance of developing infrastructure across America. Natural gas pipelines are a form of infrastructure built with private capital, rather than government funds.
“We estimate that about $15 billion of shovel-ready, natural gas pipeline projects are stranded on the sidelines because FERC’s lack of quorum prevents the commission from acting on major energy projects. To build this infrastructure, we need a functioning FERC to act on pending natural gas infrastructure projects of national importance. The nomination of these individuals to serve at FERC will mark a step toward improving the nation’s energy infrastructure.”
INGAA is the North American association representing the interstate and interprovincial natural gas pipeline industry. INGAA’s members operate approximately 200,000 miles of pipelines, and serve as an indispensible link between natural gas producers and consumers.