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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?

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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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Upstate New York Dying as Antis Hold Up Pipelines

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

    
    

As the debate continues over the DEC approving natural gas pipelines, the people in Upstate New York are being squeezed out and forced to move.

Last week’s Monticello DEC hearing on a 7.8 mile Millennium Pipeline loop with a compressor station and upgrades drew the usual pro/anti gas development crowd. Lots of opinions were offered but little technical information the DEC could use in decision making.

The antis painted an apocalyptic picture of foul water, unbreathable air, rising seas, and disease. Union workers and others in favor of the project saw jobs and economic development. Most local political leaders spoke of increased tax revenue. They said the Millennium Pipeline has been a good neighbor, living up to its promises and benefiting the community.

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What Exactly Are “Environmentalists” Advocating?

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

 

The mushy answers so-called environmentalists too often give regarding real energy issues don’t that help much with solving real world problems Dan Markind says.

The tragic shooting last Wednesday of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise brought into sharp focus the shrill, brain-damaged discourse of our current politics.  We discuss less shout, usually past each other, and often using words meant less to educate and persuade than to dismiss.  Those of us in the energy field see this every day.  It’s almost impossible to have a reasoned discussion about the issues without degenerating into name-calling.  So, let’s start changing that dynamic right here and now, and attempt to convince instead of insult.

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New England Will Have To Choose Between Heat and Power

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

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Political correctness on energy and opposition to pipelines has now led to a situation for New England where it will have to choose between heat and power.

There is a coming shortage of natural gas to fire electric power plants in wintertime in New England. So says an analysis presented last week to the ISO New England Planning Advisory Committee. It was totally predictable, of course, and the wages of political correctness on energy.

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Cheated and Deprived by Cuomo, JLCNY Appeals to Trump

Methane StudyDan Fitzsimmons
President, Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc.

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The JLCNY asks President Trump to intervene on projects already federally approved and not let Cuomo deprive Upstate New York for his own political gain.

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on your victory. We are confident that your presidency will restore common sense to government. I am writing with a plea for help for thousands of landowners in Upstate New York who have had their property rights deprived by our state.

I am the President of the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York, Inc., a group of 70,000 landowners with more than one million acres available for oil and gas development in New York. We are a coalition of landowners and generational farmers who care deeply for the environment and the land. We believe that with strong regulatory oversight, it is possible to balance natural gas development and protection of the environment.

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Cuomo Calls Pipelines Safe Yet Keeps New York in the Cold

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Institute for Energy Research

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Governor Cuomo continues to fight pipeline construction in New York State, even after viewing them as safe, seems he cares more about his political career.

New York Governor Cuomo claims that he supports pipeline infrastructure, commenting that pipelines are viewed as the least hazardous method of moving a combustible fuel. Cuomo further stated, “Many studies say that using a pipeline as a conduit is safer than rail travel and truck travel. Realistically you have to move fuel, so a pipeline is the safest way if it’s done right.” Yet, within the last year, his Department of Environmental Conservation denied certification to the proposed Northern Access pipeline and water permits sought by the Constitution Pipeline. Cuomo has also fought the Algonquin Pipeline expansion and has been dawdling on an 8-mile spur to a new power plant in Wawayanda.

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“DEC Was Ready… the Governor’s Office Was Not”

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

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has, under Prince Corruptocrat, been abused and misused to do the dirty work of the NRDC.

Last week MDN brought you the news a federal judge had dismissed a case brought by the Constitution Pipeline against the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) over the issue of denying water crossing permits for the project. What we have since come to understand is this was one of two lawsuits filed by the Constitution against DEC. In fact, it was the lesser of the two lawsuits. The “biggie” lawsuit is still not yet decided. That decision will come from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit–and is due to arrive within the next two months. The fate of the project hangs in the balance.

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New York’s Renewable Plan Will Create Energy Poor

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

    
    

Governor Cuomo’s renewable plan for New York State’s energy will surely fail, as it has in Germany, making its people energy poor.

November’s election and the incoming President’s appointees have seeded the clouds in Central New York for a rain of Letters to the Editor regarding gas. The letters run the table on the evils of gas development (it’s-the-end-of-the-world) and Constitution Pipeline (it’s-the-end-of-the-world, only-closer.) The writers don’t believe gas will be our bridge fuel to the future.

Sorry to disappoint these folks, but natural gas is bridging the future right now, even as they’re putting pen to paper. Gas is providing this bridge without massive subsidies and hidden costs.

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The Constitution Pipeline Endorsed by Otsego County

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

    
    

Otsego County recognizes the need for cheap energy (natural gas) in their county and has endorsed the building of the Constitution Pipeline.

Kudos to the Otsego County Legislature for passing a resolution endorsing the Constitution Pipeline at their November meeting. It was fitting that it followed a presentation by the CEO of the County’s industrial development agency. His 15 point program for projected growth depends on cheap energy. Cheap energy=gas. In our region, gas = the Constitution Pipeline.

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