Environmental Challenges Clash with Reality
March 1, 2019
Natural gas produced in Texas has heated homes and powered businesses across America for decades. Gas from the state’s shale plays such as Eagle Ford and Barnett is now also entering international markets through cross-border pipelines with Mexico and liquefied natural gas export terminals along the Gulf Coast of the United States. Almost all of the gas leaving Texas will inevitably make its way to end-users along pipeline or LNG facilities approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency charged with making public interest determinations that permit these facilities’ construction and operation. In recent years, FERC has been flooded with new pipeline and LNG project applications, with developers seeking to accommodate the growing appetite for natural gas.