FERC quorum restored as Senate okays Powelson, Chatterjee nominations

Oil & Gas Journal – The US Senate effectively restored the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s quorum on Aug. 3 as it approved the nominations of Rob Powelson and Neil Chatterjee to be commissioners by unanimous consent. Oil and gas trade associations and other business groups immediately applauded the action that made FERC fully operational again after 6 months.

“Mr. Chatterjee and Mr. Powelson certainly have their work cut out for them, but I’m confident they will work to quickly get this independent agency back on track and tackle the important work that has been deferred.” Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.) said following the vote.

She announced that the committee will hold a hearing on Sept. 7 to consider two more FERC nominees, Kevin McIntyre and Richard Glick, whose selections the White House sent to the Senate for confirmation 2 days earlier (OGJ Online, Aug. 3, 2017). Murkowski said she intends to move their nominations forward as quickly as possible once the Senate returns from its August recess.

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