Letter to President on FERC Replacement
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
LNG Allies represents several companies with applications pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities.
We are, therefore, very supportive of your administration’s commitment to keep FERC operating with a full complement of five commissioners (three Republicans and two Democrats).
In that regard, I am writing to urge you to accelerate the process to replace Republican commissioner Robert Powelson who announced his departure in late June and left the agency in mid-August.
According to numerous reports, you may have already settled on a replacement. But, whether you have or have not, we respectfully urge you to select and submit a nominee to the Senate as soon as possible so that a confirmation hearing and vote may be scheduled before Congress adjourns for the year.
FERC announced two LNG-related decisions on Aug. 31, 2018, including a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and scheduling timelines for the LNG export projects pending before the agency.
The FERC-PHMSA MOU and other actions taken by FERC in recent weeks should enable it to stick to the ambitious LNG schedule established on Aug. 31. However, FERC has a large and intense workload and it is possible for a backlog to develop if the agency is without a full slate of commissioners.
As you know from our April study (summary attached), the U.S. LNG export industry is generating millions of job-years and trillions in economic activity. Keeping that giant economic tugboat moving forward will require a fully functional Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
For that reason, we hope that you will submit a FERC Republican nominee as rapidly as possible.
Fred H. Hutchison
President & CEO