October 20, 2023

Biden Approves Major Pacific Northwest Pipeline Project

Joe Biden just sent the entire left into an absolute tizzy.

On Thursday, the certificate for the Gas Transmission Northwest XPress Project (GTNXP) was issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Lawmakers from Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, as well as local labor unions, have all called on the Biden administration to approve the project.

Domestic Energy Production

With the uncertainty of the War in Israel, it is more important than ever to ramp up domestic energy production.

The project itself is already in place and has been supplying natural gas for decades, but the new project will expand its capabilities significantly.

TC Energy spokesperson Michael Tadeo stated, "The GTN XPress project will play a critical role in keeping energy affordable and reliable for consumers in California and the Pacific Northwest.

"We appreciate FERC’s bipartisan action today to approve the project and will work diligently to place it into service as soon as possible."

This project will provide much-needed upgrades to help meet the growing demand for energy in the area.

Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR) stated, "After I led a bicameral group of my colleagues in urging FERC to act, I’m glad the commission is finally allowing this much-needed energy project to move forward.

“It will support domestic energy production and boost our energy security while also helping lower utility bills for families. Although it’s overdue, this is the right decision."

To be honest, the fact this project was approved is a bit of a shock. Willie Phillips, a Democrat appointee of Joe Biden’s, chairs the FERC, and he had delayed approval on multiple occasions without offering a reason why the certificate was being delayed.

The project continued to miss the meeting agenda of the FERC while Democrats and green energy companies applied pressure to have the project canceled.

Stanley Chapman III, TC Energy's executive vice president and chief operating officer of the natural gas pipelines division, then demanded action in September, after the project was again removed from the agenda.

He wrote, "The Commission's continued inaction has almost certainly exposed GTN's customers, who serve residential and commercial natural gas and electricity users, to more expensive supply sources to meet their load demands this winter.

"As experience in California and elsewhere shows, delaying natural gas infrastructure projects hurts energy reliability and affordability and burdens families, small businesses, and other energy users.

"These types of delays in Commission action also erode the kind of certainty and predictability that gas infrastructure developers rely on for planning, financing, and constructing projects that are in the public's interest."

I would suspect serious fallout for Biden, who is already struggling with the green crew after having approved a new drilling project in Alaska.

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