The already built Spire STL Pipeline in Missouri will not be allowed to operate, thanks to a decision by the United States Supreme Court not to review a lower court’s disapproval of the project.
According to reports, Spire STL Pipeline LLC and Spire Missouri Inc. wanted SCOTUS to intervene after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) original certificate order for the project.
Thousands of households and businesses throughout the St. Louis area risk losing gas service if the pipeline never comes online, the companies warned the court back on December 3 – but to no avail.
The appeals court argued back that FERC failed to justify a need for the project, as well as ignored evidence of self-dealing. (Related: Remember when Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan ordered the shutdown of a pipeline due to “environmental risks?”)
Taking the matter to the Supreme Court, FERC urged the high court to skip a review after it approved the pipeline’s request for a temporary certificate to keep gas flowing during the remand proceedings.
Back in March, the agency told the court that Spire’s petition “has no current practical significance” concerning its ability to operate the pipeline. The agency received backing from the Environmental Defense Fund, which said the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision would not threaten the natural gas supply.
According to the EDF, keeping FERC’s orders in place would cause harm to the public.
“While we are disappointed by today’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Spire STL Pipeline will continue to operate under the currently effective Temporary Certificate issued by the FERC on Dec. 3, 2021,” said Scott Smith, president of the pipeline.
“We are confident that when people have an opportunity to review the proven benefits of the STL Pipeline, they will agree that there is a critical need to keep this infrastructure fully operational to ensure continued access to reliable, affordable energy for families and businesses in the greater St. Louis region.”
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A review of the situation by analysts at ClearView Energy Partners LLC concluded that “FERC’s proposed changes to its Certificate Policy Statement released in February appeared particularly responsive to the D.C. Circuit ruling in the Spire STL case.”
“The Supreme Court’s rejection of Spire STL’s petition would, in our view, reinforce FERC taking a strong stance,” the analysts added.
This review is both court-ordered and ongoing, and will likely lead to further developments as the saga unfolds.
Post & Schell PC represented Spire Missouri Inc., which also represented itself, reported Bloomberg Law.
Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Norton Rose Fulbright U.S. LLP represented Spire STL Pipeline LLC, which also represents itself.
“Here we go: this is how they finally kill off the middle class and push their failed green energy scam,” wrote someone at Natural News about Whitmer’s shutdown of the Michigan pipeline, which also seems to relate to the current situation in Missouri.
“If the oil (and gas) is not transported through the pipelines, then it will be shipped on Warren Buffet’s trains,” wrote another, adding another level of conspiracy to the anti-pipeline agenda of the U.S. government.
“Look at the billions he will make. And trains never derail, you know.”
Many others across the web seem to recognize that there is, in fact, a plan in place to keep the United States energy dependent and never relying on its own natural resources. A big part of that is vilifying and stopping pipelines that provide cheap energy and prosperity.
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