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PA Makes a Fool of NY with PennEast Approval

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

The PennEast Pipeline project continues to progress through the approval process in a timely fashion in PA while NY keeps playing the fool.

Congratulations to the PennEast Pipeline project on the issuing of its 401 Water Quality Certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This needed pipeline is now one step closer to delivering affordable, clean-burning natural gas to consumers. DEP moved swiftly to make sure this project will meet state water quality standards and issued this very significant state permit in the business-like way it’s normally done. Contrast this with the way New York State has politically delayed and obstructed approvals of Constitution and Millennium Pipeline projects. What a difference a border makes.

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The New York DEC Con Game: Delay, Delay, Delay

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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A NY State DEC response to Millennium Pipeline’s lawsuit over delays in approving a pipeline illustrate the DEC con game of delay as a political strategy.

If you want to understand the full politically corrupt nature of New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) these days you only need to read this. The important discussion (the excuse-making) starts on page 26. It’s all about the seven miles of pipeline Millennium Pipeline needs to build to supply gas to the new CPV Valley Energy Center in Orange County, New York.

The project, although it is an excellent one, was marred by the CPV staff allegedly seeking favors from Prince Corruptocrat’s political hacks, a matter now in the criminal courts. Regardless what did or didn’t happen, the New York State DEC is now playing CYA and, of course, it’s totally dominated by NRDC gang anyway. DEC, therefore, has gone into full delay mode. The way it’s going about it is totally disingenuous, of course, which is standard operating procedure at the top of the agency and in the Governor’s Office. Indeed, it’s a lesson in DEC con games.

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Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Issued Final EIS From FERC

 

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

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FERC has issued its final environmental impact statement for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline bringing this project one step closer to being in full service.

On the last business day of 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a favorable final environmental impact statement (EIS) for one of the major pipeline projects in the Marcellus/Utica: the $3 billion Williams Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project. The FERC EIS for Atlantic Sunrise (see full copy below) said that although there may be some adverse environmental effects from the project, those effects can be “reduced to less-than-significant levels” by Williams via the plans submitted.

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Sierra Club Stubs Toe on New Jersey Pipeline

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

 

Jeff Tittel, the humorless true believer at the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club has stubbed his toe on the PennEast pipeline.

Something very curious took place this past Tuesday. The New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club, one of several paid shills acting on behalf of the William Penn Foundation, circulated a news release by e-mail. The whole thing may be found here. This release was apparently circulated by Jeff Tittel’s administrative assistant but somehow never made it on the organization’s website, on its Facebook page or into any newspapers. It’s not hard to see why after reading the thing. One can just imagine Tittel scrambling to call media and pull it back, in fact, when the subject of his release, the PennEast Pipeline folks, called him out on what can only be called the Washington’s U-Turn Crossing lie.

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FERC Slaps Down the Little Napoleon, Eric Schneiderman

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

 

NRDC lap dog Eric Schneiderman was given a dog’s breakfast by FERC last week when the agency dismissed his ridiculous request for a tree-cutting hearing.

No, I’m not talking about that Napoleon, the Emperor produced by the French Revolution, but the famous pig from George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The character was seemingly created with Eric Schneiderman in mind, given his tactics. The Cliffs Notes description of the pig focuses on “his blatant lust for power…a ‘fierce-looking’ boar ‘with a reputation for getting his own way'” which involved “a combination of propaganda and terror that none of the animals can resist.” That is Eric Schneiderman, of course, and, in the 1999 film version, the pig self-destructs. Schneiderman, too, is self-destructing, with a little help from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Delaware Riverkeeper To Do Stupid FERC Trick

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

 

Maya van Rossum, THE Delaware Riverkeeper, plans to hold a “People’s Hearing Investigating FERC” to bully FERC into denying pipelines and other projects. 

Though often we’re irritated, sometimes we simply marvel at the arrogance of organizations like THE Delaware Riverkeeper. They honestly think they know better than you what kind of energy you should have the right to buy. The people who run the organization (Maya van Rossum, who is THE self-appointed keeper of the Delaware River Basin), irrationally hate all fossil fuels. Even though Maya & company use those fossil fuels every day of their lives.
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Bob Howarth Drops All Pretense; Goes Full Fractivist

350.org - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.
   

 

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Like his buddy Tony Ingraffea, Bob Howarth has always been a fractivist on the Cornell University payroll but now he’s dropped every pretense of objectivity.

Bob Howarth is one-half of the Howarth Ingraffea partnership that produced perhaps the biggest lie of the fractivist movement. This Park Foundation financed duo tried and failed rather miserably to assert natural gas was dirtier than coal. It was a defensive move after natural gas replacement of coal in electricity generation started producing huge declines in CO2 and other emissions.

Fractivists needed to be able to deny the obvious; that natural gas production newly enabled by fracking was cleaning the air. Bob Howarth and Tony Ingraffea served up the needed junk science to assert gas produced more greenhouse gas than coal. It was a joke (more on that in a moment) but it got attention for a bit. The two Park shills, both of whom I’ve debated, got away with pretending it was their science and not their ideology that informed their positions. It’s now come to the point, though, that reality can no longer be denied. Howarth has dropped all pretense of objectivity and science, going full fractivist.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Wants FERC Shut Down

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

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper and 182 of it’s friends demand the U.S. Senate hold hearings to find FERC “corrupt” and shut it down completely.

Maya van Rossum, who is THE Delaware Riverkeeper (the river’s mamma), got 182 of her friends, whom she calls “organizations” to sign a letter and sent it to the U.S. Senate demanding (she always demands, never politely asks) for hearings into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Why? Because they’re actually doing their job, and that just can’t stand.

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PennEast Route Modifications Lessen Impact

Natural Gas NOWConnie Mellin
Natural Gas NOW
“PAShaleAdvocate”

 

PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC filed for multiple route modifications with FERC today in an effort to further reduce environmental impacts.

Today, the PennEast Pipeline Company LLC filed for approval on 33 route deviations and modifications with FERC. The proposed changes to the existing route plan will reduce the impacts on wetlands and endangered species.

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Pipelines Are Still a Key Issue for Marcellus Region

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

 

The key issue facing the Marcellus region is the need for pipelines to get affordable natural gas to consumers. Yet, pipelines face so much irrational opposition.

The New Jersey Ratepayer Advocate last week took a curious stand against the proposed PennEast pipeline project, stating that the proponents of the pipeline have not shown that the economic benefits will outweigh the costs.  In numerous ways the Advocate’s report mirrored that of a March study commissioned by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.  Among them are that sufficient pipeline capacity exists to meet current needs, even when the demand is highest, and that the pipeline will increase consumer rates, not lower them.

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