Glenn Benson Comments on FERC Decision to Build Compressor Station in Majority Black Neighborhood

News / July 31, 2020

Partner Glenn Benson in quoted in an article that was published on July 31, 2020 by E&E News. The article, “FERC Faces Environmental Justice Reckoning,” reports on how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) decision to greenlight a compressor station in a majority Black neighborhood in Georgia as it emerged as a COVID-19 hot spot is raising questions about how the agency weighs environmental justice in permitting energy projects.

Benson told the publication, “If a project is required for the public convenience and necessity, which is the statutory standard, then the fact that it disproportionately impacts environmental justice communities is not going to block the project from getting built. The courts of appeals that review FERC decisions don't second-guess what the agency decides in its expert opinion. They just look to see whether the commission provided a reasoned explanation for what it decided.”

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