On Thursday, July 16, for the first time in decades, the FERC commissioners will be holding their monthly meeting without the legal use of "tolling." The US Court of Appeals in DC ruled that this “Kafkaeqsue” tool of injustice (their word), was illegal and must be ended by a 10-1 vote.
“Tolling” stops us from going to court after FERC rubber-stamps pipeline permits. In some cases pipeline fighters have had to wait 15 months, before FERC rejects their administrative appeal. During that time pipeline companies are allowed to seize land by eminent domain and engage in construction. FERC has “tolled” every case for the last 12 years when groups have filed administrative appeals. And in every case they have eventually denied the appeal!
FERC can’t do this anymore, but they can still rubber stamp fossil fuel infrastructure permits, and with their three Trump-appointed Republican commissioners, they can continue to take action to make it more difficult and expensive for renewable energy to access the US electrical grid. We must continue to organize and fight!
Join us next Thursday as we take action on the day they have their July commissioners meeting.
We’ll hear from Donna Chavis, one of the leaders of the successful effort to defeat the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and Francis Eatherington, an Oregon landowner who has been fighting since 2005 to stop a proposed pipeline that would connect to a Jordan Cove LNG export terminal. We'll also have tools and tactics so you can contact FERC directly and make your voice heard!