Resignation of federal regulator could stall pipeline projects.

NEXUS Gas Transmission pushed federal regulators Friday to approve its plan for an interstate natural gas pipeline before the end of next week.

In a letter, NEXUS urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to green-light its pipeline before one of its commissioners resigns on Feb. 3.

The five-person commission is down to three members, and Commissioner Norman C. Bay’s departure would leave FERC without a quorum.

NEXUS wants to build a 36-inch-diameter pipeline to carry Utica and Marcellus shale gas to markets in Ohio, Michigan and Canada. Spectra Energy and DTE Energy are partners in the project.

The proposed pipeline route would cross Stark and Summit counties, and is opposed locally by the city of Green and individual landowners.

NEXUS said its contracts with customers depend on the pipeline being in service by Nov. 1. NEXUS planned to start clearing trees during the first quarter of this year.

In November 2016, FERC’s staff completed an environmental review of the project that said any disruptions caused by the project could be mitigated with safeguards.

Bay announced Thursday that he was leaving FERC.

According to Baker Botts, an international law firm that specializes in energy cases, it could take several weeks or months for Bay’s replacement to be nominated and confirmed, causing a backlog of cases.

In a statement Friday afternoon, Acting FERC Chairman Cheryl A. LaFleur said the commission would work to get as many orders completed while it had a quorum.

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