At Landrieus Request, FERC Extends ArcLight Proposed Review Timeline
Senator wrote to FERC raising concerns on shorten process
WASHINGTON —The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today announced that it would not grant a shortened, 10-day review timeline requested by the hedge fund ArchLight in its efforts to abandon the Midla pipeline that serves approximately 11,000 customers in nine parishes across East Louisiana. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wrote to FERC last week objecting to the shortened timeline request.
FERC more than doubled the original request by ArcLight, from 10 days to 22 days. This will allow communities, customers and interested parties in East Louisiana more time to participate in the process. Under the FERC notice, interventions are due on May 2, 2014, 22 days after the notice was posted.
“I’m encouraged that FERC denied ArcLight’s request for a rushed, 10-day period for intervention in the abandonment, which would not provide affected communities sufficient time to respond and become part of the FERC process on the future of the Midla pipeline,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Now, we have more than doubled the time for customers and local officials to intervene in the FERC proceeding. I will continue to work with local officials to prevent ArcLight from abandoning this pipeline and abandoning hard-working families in East Louisiana.”
Under ArcLight’s proposal, homeowners’ monthly utility bills could double. In order for ArcLight to move forward with its plans to abandon the Midla pipeline, the proposal must be approved by FERC. ArcLight has also requested that FERC make a final
On Feb. 25, 2014, Sen. Landrieu met with Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, State Senator Robert Adley and Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland to hear their concerns about ArcLight’s plans to abandon the pipeline. Sen. Landrieu sent an initial letter to FERC raising concerns about the proposal that affects customers in Franklin, Catahoula, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Concordia, West Feliciana, East Feliciana and East Baton Rogue. Read the letter.