Biden To Halt Another U.S. Pipeline?

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( – Environmentalists have opposed the Biden administration’s plan to expand a natural gas pipeline in the Pacific Northwest by TC Energy Corp.

According to a Bloomberg report, the environmentalists have been advocating that the administration can use a provision in the Clean Air Act to block the GTN Xpress Project, which received approval in October from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The Associated Press in their report noted that the project was meant to expand the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline capacity, by around 150 million cubic feet of natural gas each day. As part of the expansion, TC Energy would be modifying three compressor stations in Walla Walla County, Washington; Sherman County, Oregon, and Kootenai County Idaho. Compressor stations help maintain gas flow and pressure over the pipeline’s length.

However, environmentalists have been pushing for the administration to take action against the project and use a legal tool that would enable the White House Council to conduct a fresh project review.

On Tuesday around 150 organizations detailed the plans in a letter sent to top administration officials and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. As they argued in the letter, if the project was allowed to continue it would increase pollution in communities nearby while also threatening public safety.

Columbia Riverkeeper staff attorney Audrey Leonard argued that it was necessary for a change to be made if the Biden administration was actually going to make an effort to bring down greenhouse gas emissions. She added that this was a great opportunity for the EPA to show their commitment to tackling climate change.

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