Earlier today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources held a hearing to consider the nomination of James Danly to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2023.
Danly has been serving as FERC general counsel since September 2017. After FERC Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur stepped down in September, two of the Commission’s five seats have remained vacant.
Following is a statement from the GAIN Coalition which you can attribute to me, Craig Stevens, spokesman for the coalition:
“The GAIN Coalition applauds the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources for convening this confirmation hearing. Importantly, Committee leadership acted in a timely manner following the Trump Administration’s nomination of Danly to the Commission.
“FERC plays a vital role in maintaining a safe network of pipelines in the United States, and a full contingent is essential for the Commission to operate effectively. As vacant seats are filled, the Commission will be better positioned to provide the regulatory certainty that infrastructure developers need to modernize our nation’s energy networks. To that end, GAIN looks forward to Danly’s confirmation in the coming weeks.”