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Biden admin slow-walking gas pipeline supported by labor unions that would expand energy access

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the nation’s top energy regulator, has repeatedly delayed approving a large natural gas expansion project in the Pacific Northwest backed by lawmakers and local labor unions.

The Gas Transmission Northwest XPress Project (GTNXP) — which would upgrade three existing compressor stations, increasing capacity, on an existing system that has transported natural gas for decades — was first proposed by its developer TC Energy in October 2021. FERC then issued an analysis one year later, determining the project would have limited adverse impacts on the environment, but has since stalled handing final approval.

“The GTN XPress project will play a critical role in offsetting rising energy prices and supporting renewable electricity development in the Pacific Northwest,” a TC Energy spokesperson told Fox News Digital in a statement. 

“The project has strong regional backing, as evidenced by the long-term agreements entered into by local utilities and support expressed by elected officials, labor groups, and consumers,” the statement continued. “We remain firmly committed to advancing this critically important project and urge FERC to approve the project without further delay.”

“Local utilities and others have demonstrated a clear need for the energy GTNXP will deliver to residential and commercial consumers across the region,” Dan Kirschner, NWGA’s executive director, told Fox News Digital. “FERC should move the project forward to ensure that the warmth and productive energy it will provide is available to the people and businesses that need it when they need it.”

“Knowing the deference that FERC pays to local communities, it’s also important to understand the broad local support that the project enjoys, including community and labor leaders,” he added.

Thomas Catenacci is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.

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