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The Constitution Pipeline Keeps Banging at the Door

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The tenacity of the Constitution Pipeline folks in not giving up and continuing the good fight is one of the best signs the pipeline industry now gets it.

Seems like a week doesn’t go by that MDN isn’t asked (by someone from Pennsylvania), “Is there any hope of building the Constitution Pipeline through New York?” Our standard response is this: The only way it gets built is: (a) NY elects a new governor favorable to the industry–about a 1% chance of that happening, (b) President Trump issues an Executive Order overriding Cuomo’s blockade of Constitution (and other pipeline projects)–maybe a 10% chance of that happening, or (c) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reconsiders a decision to not overrule NY’s move to block the project–maybe a 15% chance.

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Make No Mistake: Andrew Cuomo Is Undermining Our National Security

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

Andrew Cuomo, America’s most politically craven governor, is directly undermining our country’s national security with his illegal moratorium on pipelines.

One of the lawyers who filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting the Supremes hear the Constitution Pipeline case has written a column that rips the mask off New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and exposes him for the corrupt autocrat he is.

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Constitution Pipeline Asks Supremes To Rule Cuomo’s DEC Out of Order

DRBC fracking ban - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

Constitution Pipeline, having been double-crossed by Andrew Cuomo’s DEC, is taking its case to the very top in an effort to call out New York’s dirty tricks.

Constitution Pipeline was double-crossed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). It clearly happened at the direction of Mr. Machiavellian himself, Governor Andrew Cuomo, for whom every nook and cranny of human life is a political decision for him to exploit. The company, once it realized how badly it was used by Cuomo’s DEC has fought valiantly for justice. It has a compelling rehearing request pending before FERC and it has now appealed its case on another front to the U.S. Supreme Court with an equally compelling reply brief that sets out the arguments about as clearly as could be, calling out DEC for what is nothing less than a fraudulent denial.

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FERC Commissioner from Pennsylvania Tells New England to Get it Together

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

 

A blunt-speaking FERC Commissioner from Pennsylvania called out New Englanders for political correctness on energy and its price.

The RTO Insider recently posted a fascinating article where a FERC Commissioner from Pennsylvania told New England to knock it off and stop importing Russian Gas. FERC Commissioner Robert Powelson told them to get over their “aversion to new energy infrastructure” and build pipelines to deliver domestic produced natural gas.

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Does the Constitution Pipeline Rehearing Request Have A Chance?

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

 

Constitution Pipeline has asked FERC to rehear its argument that NY-DEC waived rights to act on its water quality certification application. Is there hope?

Back in October I wrote here about the very compelling case the Constitution Pipeline made to FERC to decide Andrew Cuomo’s DEC had, buy a combination of delay and deception, effectively waived its right to deny a water quality certification for the project. It’s was a super well articulated history of how Cuomo had conned DEC, DEC had conned Constitution Pipeline and, frankly, how the company had naively let itself be conned. Proving  there is, indeed, no fury equal to that of the one who is scorned, the company made a powerful case to FERC.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite powerful enough and, as Jim Willis noted here, FERC reluctantly (it appears) decided Constitution Pipeline’s ill-advised withdrawal and resubmission of its DEC application served to restart the clock, giving Cuomo another full year to order his DEC to issue a politically based denial. Then, a little over a month ago, the company filed a rehearing request with FERC, while simultaneously pursing a Supreme Court challenge. Now, intriguingly, FERC has extended its own time to decide on that rehearing request, and perhaps for very good reason.

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Second Circuit to Cuomo and Wackos on Millennium Pipeline: You Lose!

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

 

The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of FERC on the Millennium Pipeline extension, telling both intervenors and the DEC they’re wrong.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday on Andrew Cuomo’s DEC appeal of FERC’s determination that it had taken too long in acting upon a water quality certification and waived its right to decide. It determined FERC was correct, Cuomo was off the reservation and some wacko intervenors didn’t have a clue. Well, that’s not exactly how the court put it, but that’s how I interpreted it, reading between the lines.

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Gas and Pipeline Obstruction Hastens An Upstate Death Spiral

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

    
    

Andrew Cuomo’s natural gas and pipeline obstruction is hastening the Upstate death spiral as he destroys its potential and deprives the region of any hope.

About three years ago Governor Cuomo told Upstate New York to drop dead.

Upstate wasn’t in good shape anyway, infected with three strains of high taxes (sales, property, and income) and a regulatory clot that kept industry away. However, there was hope, the development of low-cost natural gas that might balance the negatives.

On December 19, 2014, the Governor pulled the plug on that hope. He banned gas drilling in New York. Since then he’s systematically impeded gas pipeline construction, thus choking off the rest of the Northeast from the cheap energy available just south of our border. He does this to service the financiers of the renewable elites and to satisfy his fractivist base. These folks are his bridge to future ambitions.

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Constitution Pipeline Answers Enemies Demanding Surrender with “NUTS”

delaware riverkeeper - Jim Willis reportsJim Willis
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)

 

The Constitution Pipeline asks FERC to rehear their challenge of NYS-DEC’s denial of water quality certification even as it pursues other remedies.

Contrary to stories begin spun by anti-fossil fuel groups, Williams has not given up the fight to build the Constitution Pipeline, a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline from Susquehanna County, PA to Schoharie County, NY to move Marcellus gas into New York State and from there, into New England. The pipeline faces stiff odds.

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Does the Daily Star Now Want The Constitution Pipeline, Maybe?

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

    
    

Dick Downey comments on an Oneonta Daily Star article about the Constitution Pipeline stating they now “see benefits coming from the natural gas pipeline.”

Congratulations, Daily Star! You finally equate the Constitution Pipeline with the area’s economic health. While disapproving the route, the method of land appropriation, the preparation for construction, and the industry’s history of securing local tax abatement, the Star’s January 20/21st editorial at least notes some benefits and beneficiaries of affordable gas.

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“We Were Wrong. Methane Isn’t So Bad After All. Sorry.”

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

 

An academic study on methane goes bad. Will anyone in the press notice? Dan Markind reports and reminds environmentalists to be careful what they wish for.

Earlier today, the Journal of Geophysics Research issued a retraction notice for an article it first published online on April 20, 2017.  In pertinent part, the retraction reads:

“The article, Ren, X., et al. (2017), “Methane remissions from the Marcellus Shale in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia based on airborne measurements,” has been retracted by the authors because of an error in wind measurements used to calculate methane emissions from the southwest Marcellus Shale region.  The error was discovered by the authors in October 2017…The original wind measurements led to an overestimate of methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. A reanalysis with corrected winds…is expected to reverse a conclusion of the paper, which had asserted that leakage from oil and natural gas extraction in this region results in a climate penalty compared to the use of coal….”

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