For 20 minutes on a Wednesday afternoon, a government regulator, of all people, was treated like a rock star at an oil and gas conference.

That Commissioner Robert Powelson of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had a vote in determining whether projects moved forward—that anyone had a vote on a panel which lacked a quorum for six months last year—cheered the packed house at last week’s Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference.

“We are back in business at the FERC,” Powelson told an approving crowd.