Three AGs Filed Comments with FERC Criticizing Final Environmental Impact Statement of GTN Xpress Project

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of three states in submitting comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the GTN Xpress Project. The final EIS estimated the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions from the project to be more than $3 billion lower than the draft EIS estimated it to be. In their comments, the AGs argued that these changes were unsupported and violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. Additionally, the AGs argued the final EIS did not address their comments on the draft EIS, including that the EIS did not take into account the full climate and environmental justice impacts, and that the EIS “employ[ed] an unreasonably narrow purpose and need statement and range of alternatives.”