FERC approves Northwest gas project after lawmakers’ push

By Zach Bright | 04/17/2024 06:52 AM EDT

Delays for the GTN XPress pipeline have “created significant uncertainty,” according to Idaho Republicans.

FERC headquarters.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission headquarters in Washington. Francis Chung/E&E News

Federal energy regulators on Tuesday green-lighted the construction of a Pacific Northwest pipeline project following a push by three Republican members of Idaho’s congressional delegation.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the $75 million project the final go-ahead to begin construction, saying TC Energy’s Gas Transmission Northwest XPress project is necessary and has cleared environmental reviews.

But Tuesday’s order came with a dissent from Commissioner Allison Clements, one of two Democrats on the three-person panel. Two FERC seats are vacant.


Clements said in her dissent that sworn affidavits GTN filed in a pending rate case contradict “both the need for, and purported benefits of, the GTN Xpress Project.”