A deadline for public comments on a proposed natural gas pipeline in New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire will be extended. That’s the word from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that will decide the fate of the pipeline. The deadline was previously set for Monday, but the agency is extending it to accommodate a yet-to-be-scheduled final public hearing in Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Even after that hearing, FERC spokesperson Tamara Young-Allen says regulators will still accept comments.
“Any comments submitted after that announced date will be accepted and reviewed by FERC staff. It won’t be deemed late or given a diminished review just because it was filed late,” Young-Allen says. “It’s not like school or some other federal agencies.”
Pipeline company Kinder Morgan plans to formally submit its application to FERC later this fall.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said FERC would “likely” extend the deadline. But by the time the story was posted on our website and aired on the radio, the deadline had already been extended.