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Governor Laura Kelly calling for federal investigation following natural gas and energy disruptions due to historic weather event Featured

Governor Laura Kelly calling for federal investigation following natural gas and energy disruptions due to historic weather event KVOE News File Photo

Governor Laura Kelly is asking federal lawmakers to begin looking into steps to prevent complications that arose during the recent extreme cold from happening again.

In a recent news release the governor called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin taking steps towards investigating the cause of numerous system failures that occurred during the historic weather conditions that impacted the state, and other portions of the country recently.

Specifically, Governor Kelly is making three requests of the FERC.

Kelly has asked the commission to thoroughly examine the exact cause that led to a reduction in the supply of natural gas, utilize its authority under the Natural Gas Act to help protect consumers and work with NERC to investigate whether additional "reliability mechanisms" are needed in the event a situation like this were to occur again.

In the aforementioned news release, the governor stated, "I have directed my administration to use every tool at our disposal to ensure Kansans are protected from price surges, and that our system is better prepared to handle problems created by circumstances like extreme cold weather."

Kelly's urge was echoed by the likes of Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) Chair Andrew French, Commissioner Dwight D. Keen, and Commissioner Susan K. Duffy who have all affixed their names to a letter calling for the investigation.

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