Maybe it’s the wording, but somehow pairing environment with justice seems odd. It implies some action that will cure a situation that’s out of whack.
Who knows how this will work.
The chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Thursday the panel will create a senior position on environmental justice, to make sure new energy projects, such as pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities, do not unfairly harm minority communities. He didn’t mention if that means new projects could harm non-minority communities.
Richard Glick, a Democrat recently appointed to head the panel by President Joe Biden, told reporters during a teleconference:
“I believe that the Commission should more aggressively fulfill its responsibilities to ensure our decisions don’t unfairly impact historically marginalized communities.”
While the panel is required to consider green justice issues under the National Environmental Policy Act, Glick said in recent years, it has not always emphasized its responsibility.
Glick said the FERC would be spending more time considering whether fossil fuel projects would expose nearby residents to a lot of particulate pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, or NOX.
FERC should consider whether pollution impacts on communities could be mitigated by moving the projects or installing more pollution controls, Glick said.
But then, the good-paying jobs created at such projects would no longer be near the people who would get the most benefit from the work. Glick didn’t address that, either.