The PennEast Pipeline project continues to progress through the approval process in a timely fashion in PA while NY keeps playing the fool.
Congratulations to the PennEast Pipeline project on the issuing of its 401 Water Quality Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This needed pipeline is now one step closer to delivering affordable, clean-burning natural gas to consumers. DEP moved swiftly to make sure this project will meet state water quality standards and issued this very significant state permit in the business-like way it’s normally done. Contrast this with the way New York State has politically delayed and obstructed approvals of Constitution and Millennium Pipeline projects. What a difference a border makes.
Here is PennEast Pipeline’s statement regarding the receipt of their Water Quality Certification from DEP:
(Wyomissing, Pa.) – PennEast Pipeline Company received notice from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) that the Company’s request for Water Quality Certification, as required by section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act, has been granted, marking receipt of a significant state permit.
PennEast received notification on February 10 from the PA DEP that it certified “the construction, operation and maintenance of the Project will not violate applicable State
water quality standards set forth in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 16, 93, and 105…” The 401 permit approval follows the July finding of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the PennEast Pipeline can be constructed with minimal impacts on the environment. The Water Quality Certification comes approximately two months before the anticipated April 7 issuance of FERC’s final Environmental Impact Statement on the PennEast Pipeline Project.
“PennEast Pipeline Company is pleased to have received its 401 Water Quality Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,” said Pat Kornick, PennEast spokesperson. “Pennsylvania’s Water Quality Certification is a significant step in the regulatory review of the PennEast Pipeline Project, which continues to progress through a comprehensive, multi-agency review process led by FERC.”
Water Quality Certifications are required under the Federal Clean Water Act as a prerequisite to receiving a federal license or permit for activities that involve waterways. The Water Quality Certification acknowledges that PennEast has effective measures in place to minimize impacts on streams and other waterways during the construction, as well as long-term operation, of the PennEast Pipeline.
“This is great news for all those who use natural gas, especially for the region’s energy intensive chemical industry and the more than 80,000 Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents the industry employs,” said Jeff Logan, president of the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council. “Pipelines like PennEast that deliver low-cost natural gas are spurring billions in American chemical industry investment, thereby creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. PA DEP’s recent certification for PennEast is additional proof the PennEast Pipeline can be built safely, and in turn soon spur a chain reaction of economic growth for years to come.”
“The Department’s year-long review and conclusion provides additional assurance that PennEast can protect the environment, specifically water resources, while delivering muchneeded affordable, abundant and reliable energy that will reduce electric and gas bills across the region for decades,” added Kornick.
In addition to the largest electric grid in the world stating that PennEast can enhance grid reliability, every major business and labor organization from across the region has endorsed the PennEast Pipeline.
In the meantime, New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, would rather play politics and keep delaying the much needed Constitution Pipeline and the Millennium Pipeline extension in that State. EPA specifies “states have one year from receipt of a request for certification to grant or deny it; otherwise, the certification requirement is deemed waived.” It has been well over a year and Cuomo still refuses to issue the permits.
It is not just the pipelines Cuomo is holding up by his delays; there is also an important energy center called CPV Valley Energy Center. This important power generating facility will generate electricity for 650,000 homes and create jobs, but it is dependent on the Millennium pipeline for the natural gas.
What a fool the Pennsylvania DEP has made of New York’s highly politicized DEC, which is completely under the thumb of the NRDC gang and Cuomo.
Editor’s Note: Connie is on the mark with this post. We also can’t help but notice PennEast has, too, stepped up to the plate and properly called out its opponents as liars. Jim Willis reports on it over at Marcellus Drilling News and quotes PennEast as follows regarding some lies the Sierra Club and Delaware Povertykeeper have been telling about route changes that simply haven’t taken place and are not proposed:
“It’s shameful that fringe environmental groups, principally the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and New Jersey Sierra Club, continue to deceive local communities and fool the media by regurgitating old rumors about the PennEast Pipeline’s proposed route. PennEast is not recommending or proposing a new route that goes through central Bucks County. Any claims suggesting otherwise by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, New Jersey Sierra Club or others are flat-out false…
“It is truly sad that organizations like the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and New Jersey Sierra Club use false information to prey upon homeowners. PennEast is not recommending a route through central Bucks County, nor has it submitted the route to FERC as a proposed alternative…
Please do not trust groups and individuals who continue to deceive the public to support their broader anti-natural gas agendas.”
This is the only way to deal with liars and propagandists. Three cheers for PennEast and Pennsylvania DEP!