Despite their good intentions, quasi-governmental task forces that are set up to review proposed pipeline projects often add complexity that can hobble the approval process at a time when demand for natural gas is surging.
NIMBY meets natural gas
Energy companies are used to dealing with opposition from stakeholders with a “not in my backyard”(NIMBY) mentality as they seek to build infrastructure such as high-voltage transmission lines and natural gas pipelines. But the opposition seems better organized today, particularly in the natural gas sector where NIMBY groups have opposed fracking. Some groups oppose the expansion of natural gas pipelines as a strategy to minimize fracking’s reach.