Environmental groups are fighting the approval of a natural gas pipeline expansion project in the Pacific Northwest. The project, which was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in October, would expand the capacity of the Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) pipeline by 150 million cubic feet per day.
Environmental groups argue that the project would increase greenhouse gas emissions and harm the environment. They also argue that the project is unnecessary, as there is already enough natural gas capacity in the region.
The attorneys general of Oregon, Washington, and California have also filed a lawsuit challenging the FERC’s approval of the project. The lawsuit argues that the FERC failed to adequately consider the environmental impacts of the project.
The pipeline expansion project is expected to begin construction in 2024 and be completed in 2025. The project’s developer, TC Energy, says the project is necessary to meet the growing demand for natural gas in the region.
The outcome of the lawsuit and the ongoing fight by environmental groups could determine whether the pipeline expansion project is ultimately built.