Anyone looking for an acknowledgement in the new FERC strategic plan that the commission is focused on expanding pipeline infrastructure need not waste his time reading the 50-page document FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff issued in mid-October.
A Senate climate change bill passed in early November by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will probably be pushed aside by a version more acceptable to Republicans and moderate Democrats.
Concerned about getting bogged down by “Buy American” waiver requests associated with sewer and drinking water projects funded with stimulus money, the EPA has published a new national waiver policy concerning “incidental components.”
Even though the natural gas posting requirements FERC established in Order 720 last November haven’t even gone into effect for major non interstate pipelines, the agency is already considering revising them.
Questions are beginning to arise from states and localities about the requirements for spending the water infrastructure funds in the stimulus bill, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.