The FERC steps represent project progress, but are not the final steps in permitting processes that started years ago.
“Both pipelines still need state permits. They both still need other federal permits as well,” said Kelly Martin, director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Dirty Fuels Campaign.
Water quality permits are among those still pending.
“They both face widespread opposition from community members and land owners who are worried about the impacts to their land and to their water and to their air and, at the end of the day, neither one of these pipelines are needed.”