Raskin, McGovern, Omar and Others Urge Moratorium on New Pipeline Projects During COVID-19 Pandemic
Waterkeepers Chesapeake joined over 40 organizations in endorsing congressional letter led by Representatives Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Jim McGovern (MA-02), and Ilhan Omar (MN-05) plus 26 House Members to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee urging a moratorium on the approval and construction of new natural gas pipeline projects and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export facilities during the coronavirus pandemic in order to protect the public health and the environment.
The Members wrote: “FERC’s already inadequate public participation process has become even more difficult for people to navigate. Access to public records has been severely curtailed. Public hearings have been cancelled or rescheduled. While everyday life has been thrown into turmoil and it has become a struggle for most Americans just to put food on the table and keep their families safe, FERC’s comment and intervention deadlines have not budged. A moratorium on pipeline and export facility approvals is necessary to help ensure that Americans are not excluded from a decision-making process that has profound and irreversible consequences for their lives and communities.”
The Members continued: “A moratorium would also clearly help safeguard the public health. There are numerous reports of construction crews nationwide working without proper personal protective equipment and new construction will subject thousands of workers and their families to continuing danger.”
“Continuing with business-as-usual during this crisis when so many Americans are unable to participate in the review process will cast a dark cloud over the integrity and results of FERC’s proceedings,” said Congressman Raskin.
Read press release HERE.