Wellinghoff Departs FERC

July 2013, Vol. 68, No. 7

The odd situation where Congress must authorize pipeline projects in national parks is the result of an early 20th Century law which gave the Secretary of the Interior authority to approve rights-of-way across parklands for projects such as electric transmission and distribution lines, water canals and ditches (and flumes), facilities associated with mining, and telephone and telegraph lines. Natural gas pipelines did not exist when the statute was enacted, and thus were not included.