Sierra Club Statement on Commissioner Robert Powelson’s Resignation from FERC


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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner (FERC) Robert Powelson announced his resignation to become CEO of the National Association of Water Companies.

In response, Mary Anne Hitt, Senior Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, released the following statement:

“Powelson’s abrupt resignation doesn’t change the fact that FERC itself needs a massive change. The next commissioner must be a strong advocate for considering climate change in FERC’s decision making process, curtailing the dangerous overbuilding of fracked gas pipelines, and stand firmly against reckless coal and nuclear plant bailouts the Trump Administration and grid operators are proposing. We are closely monitoring the situation and stand ready to fight for a better replacement that will help fix FERC by showing a real commitment to public participation and protecting the public interest.”


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