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Andrew Cuomo Issues Boldfaced Challenge to FERC

Constitution Pipeline - MarkindDaniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP

 

Andrew Cuomo has directly challenged FERC and is likely to lose on the legal front but, politically, he is aiming to have his cake and eat it, too. He may.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo doubled down on his anti-pipeline stance when his Department of Environmental Conservation refused to grant Section 401 Clean Streams Permits for the Northern Access Pipeline, which would have carried natural gas into Western New York.  This is the same stance that the New York DEC took regarding the Constitution Pipeline, which I have written about numerous times.

In doing so, Governor Cuomo issues a direct challenge to FERC.  No longer will the Federal Agency tasked with passing on the necessity and routing of pipelines have the final say.  Now, the Governor of each State, through the backdoor of the Section 401 process, can assert control over this element of interstate commerce.

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A Wonderful Lesson in How FERC Really Works

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

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A recent FERC review of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline application provides a perfect illustration of how the agency works and it’s anything but rubber stamp.

One of the oft-repeated lies we hear from anti-fossil fuelers against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is that the agency “never” rejects a pipeline proposal, and “hasn’t in 20 years.” The conclusion, according to liemeisters like THE Delaware Riverkeeper, is that FERC is simply a “rubber stamp” for “big oil and gas” — not to be trusted and (preferably) shut down.

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FERC Issues Final EIS to PennEast Pipeline Project

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The PennEast Pipeline project is moving swiftly ahead with FERC’s issuance of their final EIS confirming there will be minimal environmental impacts.

Another hurdle cleared for the PennEast pipeline project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the final EIS for the 120 mile long pipeline project after determining the construction of the pipeline would only have a minimal impact on the environment
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Park Foundation Funds Fascist “Beyond Extreme Energy”

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

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Beyond Extreme Energy is a fascist group intent on shutting down any speech with which it disagrees and the Park Foundation funds it through Earthworks.

Extremist environmental protesters who don’t want to hear any viewpoints other than their own (i.e., fascists who love to suppress free speech), got a bit violent and ugly on Tuesday and shut down a meeting at Duke University (headquarters for insane environmentalism) where the Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Cheryl LaFleur, was scheduled to speak. Beyond Extreme Energy was one of the groups behind the illegal action. They’re funded by the Park Foundation and Earthworks, among others.

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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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PennEast Pipeline Finally Takes the Gloves Off

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

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The PennEast Pipeline is finally talking the way it should; taking the gloves off to call out the Delaware Povertykeeper (a/k/a Riverkeeper for what it is.

As we reported the other day, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed a year ago by THE Delaware Riverkeeper against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The lawsuit aimed to shut down the entire agency by defunding it. The lawsuit claimed FERC can’t objectively make decisions about projects like the Penn East Pipeline (running from the Wilkes-Barre area to New Jersey) because FERC derives some of its operating revenue from the projects it either approves or does not approve. It went nowhere.

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Lessons in Confronting the Fractivist Jihad

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

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Rumored new FERC appointment Rob Powelson offers a lesson in dealing with the fractivist jihad. It starts with not acting like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.

We can’t speak highly enough of Rob Powelson, member of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) and currently the president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). As we recently reported, Powelson is one of three names being rumored as a nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). It can’t happen soon enough!

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President Trump: Please Save Us from Massachusetts!

Patrick Leary - Massachusetts energyPatrick Leary
New Hampshire Engineer (BSEE) and System Engineer

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Guest blogger Patrick Leary begs President Trump to step in and save the rest of New England from the state of demagoguery that is Massachusetts today.

Our friend and loyal reader from New Hamsphire, Patrick Leary, an engineer accustomed to dealing with energy issues and dispensing common sense on the subject, has shared some words of wisdom with President Trump. The subject? The high cost of the demagoguery that comes out of the mouths of Massachusetts politicians. Here’s his letter to Trump. Enjoy!

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New England’s Mad Cow Disease

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

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new englandNew England conjures up images of cows grazing behind stone walls, but it seems the region has a bad case of mad cow disease if energy policy is any guide.

Last June, Marcellus Drilling News quasi-predicted natural gas prices might spike during the 2016-2017 winter season in New England, due to a coming shortage of LNG from Tinidad. With a warmer than normal winter, and with newfound natural gas supplies making their way to New England, prices did not spike. However, New England continues to pay prices 3-4 times higher than the rest of the country for their natural gas due to lack of supply.

That hasn’t (and won’t) change, until more supplies make it to New England —either by pipeline or ship.

Naturally, the special interest pandering politicians of the region (well, not so much the region, as the Democratic Republic otherwise known as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) are opposed to the pipelines, making  their constituents ever more dependent on foreign gas.

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New York DEC Whacked Again with Pipeline Delay Challenge

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

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New York DEC, for the third time since Prince Corruptocrat was re-elected, has been hit with major legal challenges over its unconscionable pipeline delays.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), on February 3, approved a long-delayed project — National Fuel Gas Company’s (NFG) Northern Access 2016 pipeline project. The $455 million project includes building 97 miles of new pipeline along a power line corridor from northwestern Pennsylvania up to Erie County, New York. The project also calls for 3 miles of new pipeline further up, in Niagara County, along with a new compressor station in the Town of Pendleton. Although FERC has now given permission to build it, the State of New York, specifically the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), must issue stream crossing permits. Sound familiar? Well, it should.

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