The natural gas pipeline will remain in operation until December 13, critics say.
Washington: Chief Justice John Roberts to build a pipeline through Illinois and Missouri from St. Louis-based natural gas company Spire Inc. The Supreme Court rejected the application.
Roberts declined to comment on the Spire STL pipeline’s refusal to suspend the lower court’s order, which could affect the operation. If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does not comply with the September emergency order, the company could be forced to shut down the pipeline on December 13.
Scott Smith, president of Spire STL Pipeline, said in a statement that the company was disappointed with the decision.
Closing the pipeline for residents and businesses in the greater St. Louis area could lead to large, long and life-threatening natural gas outages. ” The Spire STL Pipeline will continue to work closely with FERC and other stakeholders to ensure sustainable, sustainable energy for homes and businesses in the greater St. Louis area.
“If new developments further jeopardize their ability to serve their clients,” says Smith, “they will be able to return to the Supreme Court for immediate relief.”
The environmental group, which opposes Spire, said the company’s risk was too great because FERC could allow the pipeline to operate in the winter.
The pipeline operates 65 miles (105 km) from Scott County, Illinois, near St. Louis. FERC Approved in 2018.
Spire says it is important to provide reliable and vital energy access to 650,000 homes and businesses throughout the St. Louis area. But the Environmental Protection Fund has argued that the pipeline will damage land on the road and that taxpayers will take over the bill for decades to come.
In June, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the District of Columbia District Circuit Three Panel FERC: “Failure to adequately balance public interest and negative impact.” The panel also wrote: “There is no indication that the pipeline is under construction to increase demand and that the new pipeline will be cost-effective.”
The verdict allowed the FERC to extend the 90-day order by allowing the pipeline to be approved.
Roberts handles emergency appeals to Supreme Court in Washington, DC