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XNG Is Positive But If You Don’t Like It, Build A Pipeline!

Cuomo's Legacy - Dick DowneyRichard Downey
Unatego Area Landowners Association

    
    

XNG, contrary to fractivists, is good for Upstate. It responds to a business opportunity created by pipeline opposition. Don’t like it? Blame fractivists.

A recent editorial in our local journal, Hometown Oneonta was titled “At Base, XNG Trucks Bring Nothing Positive Here.” Although informative, it was ultimately misleading. It characterized the transport of CNG (compressed natural gas) by trucks on local roads as unproductive in jobs and property taxes, a nuisance at best, and perhaps dangerous. None of this is accurate.

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FERC Smacks Corruptocrat Again on Millennium Case

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

FERC has smacked Governor Andrew “Corruptocrat” and his DEC hacks yet again in promptly denying a re-hearing request and calling out the state’s duplicity.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has clearly had it with New York, its politically corrupt governor and his environmental political hack, Basil Seggos. Seggos, of course, is Commissioner of the Empire State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and his job is bend its will to that of Governor Corruptocrat and the NRDC gang which both he and the Cuomo are eager to appease.

FERCIt was only late October when Millennium Pipeline asked FERC to declare DEC had waived its authority to act on Millenniuum’s application for Section 401 Water Quality Certification by taking more than the year permitted under the Clean Water Act. That was followed by a quick FERC decision in Millennium’s favor,  prompting DEC to request a rehearing from FERC, which the latter has already denied. Moreover, the denial is 24 pages of fairly direct accusations of DEC duplicity. There can no question, at this point; it’s war and DEC has been put on defense for a change.

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A New Day: FERC Takes on Cuomo and His Corrupt DEC

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

FERC has given Governor Andrew “Corruptocrat” and his equally corrupt DEC a message; their days of riding roughshod over Federal law on pipelines are over.

Jim Willis, who somehow manages to pick up on everything over at Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) posted a story yesterday revealing something extraordinarily important for the pipeline and natural gas industry. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) directly took on the political corruption that is New York State government. It also sent a signal to other states who have followed suit in abusing the Section 401 Water Quality Certification process for pipelines under the Clean Water Act. FERC is taking a strong stand to defend the integrity of Section 401.

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Constitution Pipeline Petition: How They Were Conned by Cuomo

natural gas boats - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Constitution Pipeline has petitioned FERC to declare NY-DEC waived rights to act on its water quality certification application. It’s one compelling story.

Earlier this month, the Constitution Pipeline folks filed a petition with FERC to essentially overrule the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denial of its application for water quality certification. It’s old news but I only recently got around to reading the petition itself, which is one hugely compelling story of just how New York State government works under Andrew “Corruptocrat” Cuomo and how our pipeline friends got totally conned. The best part, though, is how they’re refusing to roll over and are, with this petition, telling the world the sordid details of how they were victimized by the criminal enterprise known as the Cuomo administration.

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Craig Stevens Supports Pipelines? Who Knew?

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Craig Stevens has been everywhere opposing gas drilling, fracking and pipelines, including the Constitution Pipeline, but when it’s his own property…

One of Craig Stevens’ most frequent remarks during his even more frequent appearances where he performs his fractivist schtick is “you probably know my name.” His notoriety is clearly a source of some pride but, let’s face it, it’s well-earned in a sense. Most of us involved in promoting natural gas development do know his name. His routine is all too familiar.

Those not so familiar, such as my wife, upon seeing him in action, tend to figure him out quickly. She took about 30 seconds to tell him to “just go away, we’re having a good time here and no one wants to hear you” at the last Cabot Picnic (and he did, as it was clear she wasn’t kidding).

Craig Stevens, like any good hustler, wasn’t phased for long, though. He knows the first rule of selling is to simply move-on, undeterred, when a sales pitch is rejected. He has gone on to oppose gas drilling, fracking and pipelines in more fertile territories. The Constitution Pipeline was a nice gig for him for a while, for instance. But, when it came to his own property, earlier this year, he sang a different tune.

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FERC Hailed for NY DEC Overturn as Other Pipelines Seek Relief

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reports

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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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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Constitution Case Ensures NY More Winters of High Energy Prices

"Environmentalists" - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

The Constitution Pipeline was denied in court, questioning how long will NY continue making pipelines a political issue and forcing energy prices higher?

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC’s appeal of the refusal by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to grant a Section 401 Clean Streams Permit on the Constitution Pipeline. On the two issues raised in the appeal, the Second Circuit ruled that it (a) did not have jurisdiction to rule whether the time period the DEC took to give its decision to CPC, a division of Williams Partners L.P., was excessive; and (b) that the record does not show that the DEC acted in a way that was “arbitrary, capricious and ultra vires” when it denied the permit.

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Court Kicks Constitution Pipeline and Case Down Road

Constitution Pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the Constitution Pipeline, kicking Williams in the gut on part of it and kicking part of it down the road.

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City composed of Carter, G.W. Bush and Obama appointees has issued a very disappointing decision in the Constitution Pipeline case. It ruled against the Constitution Pipeline on the matter of whether the New York DEC acted arbitrarily in denying water quality certification while saying it had no authority to decide the critical question; whether DEC took too long. A read of the opinion (available here with my highlighting of important points) is an exercise in appreciating everything that’s wrong with New York, the courts and the pipeline industry.

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Will FERC Make the Constitution Pipeline Finally Happen?

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reports

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

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Recent rumblings from Williams suggests there’s still lots of life left in the Constitution Pipeline, especially now that a FERC quorum has been restored.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) caved to corrupt political pressure from Andrew Cuomo in April, 2016 and denied the Williams Constitution Pipeline a necessary federal 401 water quality certification, blocking the project. At that moment, DEC stepped off a cliff. It’s been a long, slow process, but we’ve watched the agency fall ever since. And now, it will soon hit the bottom.

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