FERC OKs Potomac pipeline rehearing

By JIM McCONVILLE

The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — Plans to build a natural gas pipeline to run underneath the Potomac River from Maryland to West Virginia have again been placed on pause.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Sept. 17 issued an “order granting rehearing for further consideration” to extend its time to reconsider a permit for Columbia Gas to build a 3.4-mile natural gas pipeline near Hancock and under the Potomac River, according to FERC’s website.

According to FERC’s one-page order, the agency wants to keep an open time frame for considering groups’ request for a rehearing.

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