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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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Alberta Provides Some Hardball Lessons on Dealing with New York Pipeline Issues

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Editor of Pipeline News, Columnist at Battlefords News-Optimist

 

The leadership of Alberta, in confronting British Columbia pipeline politics, illustrates how others might want to handle New York pipeline issues.

Oh, poor baby, little B.C. Worried about your ouchie coochie wine business, are you?

Yeah, well you can whine all you want. Cry us a river, like one that will fill the Fraser Canyon.

Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley has shown some serious spine in Alberta’s conflict with British Columbia over pipelines. Ironically, the new B.C. government is also NDP.

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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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Percoco Verdict Shows the Fruits of Pay-to-Play Upstate Strategy

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Natural Gas NOW

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The Percoco Verdict, says City Journal’s Bob McManus, shows what happens when the Upstate New York economic strategy is simply picking winners and losers.

There’s an amazingly good article over at City Journal about the Percoco verdict. You won’t find much of anything about the verdict itself or Andrew Cuomo’s “brother” Joe Percoco, though. Rather, the author, Bob McManus, makes the point that what happened to Percoco (which could get reversed on appeal as happened with Sheldon Silver) is illustrative of what happens when the Upstate New York revitalization strategy is nothing more than picking winners, throwing other people’s money at them and expecting graft in return.

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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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Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo’s Shame: The Southern Tier Exodus

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

Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo sold out the Southern Tier of New York for the sake of appeasing the NRDC gang. It’s caused a dreadful Southern Tier exodus.

New York’s Southern Tier is experiencing an exodus, Andrew Corruptocrat Cuomo having denied the region any hope of economic revival with his fracking ban and war on pipelines; all to please a handful of malcontents and feather his bed with the all-powerful NRDC gang. The Albany Business Review offers up the data in this article.

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The Delaware Povertykeeper and Her House in the Woods

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

The Delaware Povertykeeper or “The Riverkeeper” as she likes to identify herself has a second home in Sullivan County. Tax records say it’s heated with gas!

A puff piece that recently appeared in an on-line magazine called Delaware Currents revealed something new about the Delaware Povertykeeper a/k/a Riverkeeper; that she and her husband own 120+ acres in Sullivan County, New York on the border of the Towns of Highland and Lumberland. This is interesting on several levels, but mostly because tax records say it’s heated with natural gas, something she berates every day.

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Andrew Cuomo’s SolarCity Boondoggle Just Keeps Going Bad

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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SolarCity, the star feature of Andrew Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” program to revitalize Upstate New York by picking a winner and subsidizing it is fading fast.

Andrew Cuomo has poured a ton of taxpayer money into SolarCity and has even given Elon Musk a “Get Out of Jail Free” card to avoid payback obligations in the event it fails to deliver promised jobs. Part of the governor’s “Buffalo Billion” initiative, which has descended into the morass of corruption surrounding Cuomo, the SolarCity project has turned out to be one of Elon Musk’s biggest scams and it’s only going bad at an ever faster rate. Andy can’t subsidize solar farms and installations fast enough to save it, as Elon puts his mind to work figuring out what excuse he’ll make for stiffing the Emperor of the Empire State.

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