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FERC Slams State Overreach on Pipelines; Congress Needs to Act, Too

Dakota AccessMike Krancer
Partner, Leader – Energy, Petrochemical & Natural Resources Practice Group at Blank Rome LLP

 

A recent Millennium Pipeline decision slamming New York DEC was a needed move by FERC to protect its Federal jurisdiction but Congress needs to act as well.

FERC issued a key and very welcome decision on September 15, 2017 when it held that the State of New York, by its passive aggressive handling of a Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Certification, had waived its authority to issue the Certification. FERC here slaps down on states treating CWA certifications as political footballs to veto pipeline infrastructure projects without regard to law or facts but based on politics and pressure by ideological anti-natural gas interest groups.

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Is Actually Raising Energy Prices

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States participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, are seeing their already high energy bills, go higher; far different from its intention.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program between nine northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, was recently extended. The states (Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont) have agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030.

According to the initiative, which was originally adopted on January 1, 2009, the revenue that the states obtain from the cap-and-trade program is used to improve energy efficiency, modernize the electric grid and purchase more wind and solar power. However, a recent study funded by the Cato Institute finds that 1) there were no added emissions reductions or associated health benefits from the program; 2) the RGGI revenue spending had minimal impact; and 3) the RGGI allowance costs increased already high regional electricity prices.

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DRBC Torment Won’t Stop Me from Defending the People of the Delaware

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Bill Shaughnessy
Wayne County, Pennsylvania Landowner

 

Bill Shaughnessy fights for what he learned from his Dad and Mom and the people of the Delaware against the DRBC tyrants and their land use power grab.

Its been seven years almost to the day that I was sitting with my dying father, his family at his side, going over the lease we had just received from Hess through an alliance of neighbors known as NWPOA (Northern Wayne Property Owners Alliance). It was not exactly a time of celebration, but my father took solace in knowing the 228 acres he and my mom had worked so hard to retain and improve for over the years was not only going to stay in the family indefinitely, but would shape the rest of the lives of his children, grandchildren, and beyond.

The property in Damascus Township we grew up on, learned to care for, respect, and protect would be able to give back for generations, yet still remain almost completely intact. He was aware of what was involved with hydraulic fracturing and studied the effects and leases from multiple gas companies before signing. He knew long after he was gone the future of our family would be changed forever. What my parents didn’t know was the battle that lay ahead with a relatively unknown entity at the time known as the DRBC.

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Shale Gas News – September 16, 2017

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External Affairs Coordinator, Cabot Oil & Gas

 

The Shale Gas News, heard every Saturday at 10 AM on 94.3 FM, 1510 AM and Sundays on YesFM, talked about severance tax, fracking ban, Utica Shale and much more last week.

The Shale Gas News has grown to THREE stations! We are now broadcasting with YesFM. YesFM will be airing the full 60 minute version of the program on Sunday mornings. YesFM broadcasts primarily in Sullivan and Bradford counties, with some ancillary coverage in neighboring counties and even over the border into New York.

Every Saturday Rusty Fender and I host a morning radio show to discuss all things natural gas. This week, as a guest, we had Matt Austin, President of Holcombe Energy and Eastern Freight Systems. We also replayed an interview, from this past February, we had with David Holt of Consumer Energy Alliance.

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FERC Hailed for NY DEC Overturn as Other Pipelines Seek Relief

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Jim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

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FERC delivered a blow to the NY DEC by overturning their Millennium Pipeline denial; the Constitution and Northern Access pipelines will now seek similar relief.

Yesterday we told you history has been made, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has broken the back of the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) by overturning the DEC’s decision to block a short pipeline Millennium wants to build to a power plant in Orange County.

The DEC has also blocked federally-approved pipeline projects in two other cases, the Constitution Pipeline, a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline from Susquehanna County, PA to Schoharie County, NY carrying Marcellus gas (a Williams project), and the Northern Access Pipeline, a $455 million project includes building 97 miles of new pipeline along a power line corridor from northwestern Pennsylvania up to Erie County, NY, to carry Marcellus gas northward (a National Fuel Gas Company project).

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Help Us Repel the Fractivist Invaders and Support NG Advantage!

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Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Vic Furman makes an impassioned plea for support of the NG Advantage natural gas transfer facility in the Town of Fenton. Help repel the fractivist invaders!

The Town of Fenton, New York Planning Board will need to see our pro-gas support on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 pm. We need to support the Town’s previous decision approving the NG Advantage proposal to establish a natural gas transfer facility there. Given the recent Millennium Pipeline win, with judgment going against Andrew Cuomo’s delay tactics on pipeline water quality certifications, there is another victory to be had in showing NG Advantage community support at this meeting.

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The Cuomo Administration Interstate Pipeline Trilogy

Millennium PipelineAttorney Thomas S. West
Founder and Managing Partner
The West Firm, PLLC

 

The Cuomo administration has made it virtually impossible for any interstate pipeline to get approval; at least for it has for the three who have tried.

The Cuomo administration, through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (the “Department”), has dealt a severe blow to industry’s efforts to bolster the natural gas interstate infrastructure passing through New York State. The Department has recently denied the construction and operation of three substantive pipeline projects by denying these projects certification pursuant to Section 401 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, more commonly known as the Clean Water Act (“CWA”).

As a result, even though these projects are highly regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), industry has been unable to construct and operate natural gas pipelines that are sorely needed to satisfy the energy demand in the Northeast. These denials are based upon putative water quality considerations and other environmental factors. Thus far, the courts have been unwilling to rebuke this campaign by the Cuomo administration, but a recent decision from FERC holds out promise that the Department will no longer be able to use administrative delay to frustrate these projects.

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Sea Level Rise? Check Your Science Before Hyperventilating Please

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The sea level rise has been highly exaggerated over the years; only rising very modestly, far from the rate fear-mongering Al Gore predicted.

“Sea level has been overall rising since the last ice age, with some ups and downs. Sea level has been rising for the past 200 years….Humans are not going to stop sea level rise on the time scale of a few centuries by ceasing emissions of CO2.”

– Judith Curry, “The Blame Game.” Climate Etc. August 14, 2017.

Judith Curry is the personification of “one plus the truth equals a majority.” This esteemed climate scientist and erstwhile professor changed her views from climate alarmism and (government) forced energy transformation, a story told elsewhere.

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Land Grabbers Threaten Our Most Precious Rights

landowners and laborers - Vic FurmanVictor Furman
Upstate New York Landowner Shale Gas Activist

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Vic Furman talks about the land grabbers behind the recent DRBC resolution to consider a fracking ban, their motives and his own plans to resist it all.

What’s on my mind today? Facebook asks this of me every day. Let me answer—as bluntly as I possibly can. The recent DRBC vote was disgusting culmination of a disgusting process underway in this country as land grabbers threaten not only to take our land but also our every right.

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Big Win for Millennium Pipeline: Big Loss for New York DEC

Millennium PipelineAttorney Thomas S. West
Founder and Managing Partner
The West Firm, PLLC

 

FERC just gave Millennium Pipeline a big win and blew New York State DEC out of the water with a much deserved put-down and precedent for other pipelines.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an important decision today in favor of Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C. (“MPC”) that is sure to effect New York regulatory matters.  FERC determined that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) waived its authority to issue a water quality certificate under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”).

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