US regulator says natural gas pipeline project not in compliance with rules

Natural gas pipeline lines are not in violation of federal rules, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said Tuesday.

The agency said the two pipelines operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the US Army Corps of Engineers are “complying” with FERC’s Pipeline Safety Review requirements and are not subject to the agency’s annual review.

The two lines are in the same pipeline system and are owned by the same company, the commission said.

The commission said the FERC review process is “not intended to determine compliance with existing and future environmental regulations” but to ensure that the pipeline systems operate in a way that does not pose a threat to the public or the environment.

The pipeline system is owned by two companies that are not FERC members, the FRC said.

FERC has not yet made a final decision on whether to impose fines on the companies.

The FERC decision follows FERC recommendations for a final environmental impact statement (EIS) on the project and the public comment period on the proposed pipeline.

The EIS has been scheduled to be completed by late November, but FERC said it will likely not be completed until early next year.

The commissioners have scheduled a public hearing on the pipeline in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20.

The comments deadline for the comments period has been extended until Feb. 3, 2017.