EPA doesn’t even remember when it sent its own greenhouse gas (GHG)
comments to FERC, forgets that it already told FERC nevermind,
and now says, despite copious evidence filed by
Riverkeepers, and environmental organizations from multiple states
as far away as Colorado, that
FERC’s incorrect and inadequate Draft Supplementary Environmental Impact Statemen (FSEIS) rates “Lack of Objections or “LO””.
This latest EPA letter is dated November 20, 2017,
but FERC didn’t inform intervenors about it until today, two weeks later.
The EPA letter claims:
The EPA commented on the FEIS on January 25, 2016.
In those comments the EPA provided several recommendations including
that the FERC consider a detailed evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions in future analyses.
Yet FERC’s Docket CP15-17 shows no comment by EPA in January 2016.
It does show this same G. Alan Farmer, Director,
Resource Conservation and Restoration Division, EPA,
wrote a letter to FERC filed 1 December 2015 as
20171201-0034 (see also WWALS blog post),
in which he said nothing I can see about greenhouse gases, but he did
basically say “nevermind”
EPA’s extensive letter of October 26, 2015, filed as Accession Number 0151102-0219
(clean text on the WWALS website),
which October letter did include: Continue reading