Oklahoma and others fight new FERC natural gas policies

A liquefied natural gas tank is lifted in 2017 to become part of a fueling operation in Jacksonville, Fla.


Oklahoma is one of 19 states challenging two natural gas policies established recently by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The states contend the changes adopted by FERC infringe on the rights of states to pursue the energy resources of their choice, according to a report by Energy Wire.

The appeal was led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry. He argued the new FERC policies put more priorities on climate change concerns rather than the obligation of the commission to ensure energy is reliable and available at a reasonable cost.

All proposed natural gas pipelines and export facilities will be subject to the new policies, inflicting “major new costs and uncertainties” for project developers and potentially depriving states of tax revenue from the projects, the states charged. Some of the signatories produce significant volumes of oil and gas.