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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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Delaware Riverkeeper Earning Title As the Biggest Loser

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

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There are few organizations more litigious or nasty than the Delaware Riverkeeper. It’s earning a reputation as the “biggest loser” with the Federal Courts.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit slapped down THE Delaware Riverkeeper in yet another crushing defeat for the virulent anti-fossil fuel organization (and mouthpiece for the William Penn Foundation, its main funder). Even though Williams’ Transco Leidy Southeast expansion project went online some 18 months ago, Riverkeeper sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) some 14 months ago over its approval of the project.

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Coos County Refuses to Coo for Fractivists

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

 

Coos County voters do not back down to fractivists and reject a measure to ban to construction of the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal.

Following what generally was a quiet two weeks for shale news, a major decision came a sparsely populated area of the West Coast – Coos County, Oregon.

Last March, FERC took the unusual step of denying the proposed Jordan Cove LNG Terminal on the Oregon Coast and the Pacific Connector Pipeline that would have transported natural gas from Canada to Coos County for export.  In December that decision was upheld.

Following the Presidential election, Jordan Cove’s owners, Williams Partners and Veresen Inc. of Calgary, reapplied with FERC in January after the Trump Administration took office.  In response, opponents of the project put Measure 6-162 on the Coos County ballot.

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How Long Will the NRDC Gang Continue to Run New York?

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

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The NRDC gang has running New York DEC under Andrew Cuomo’s administration, denying fracking and several pipelines. Is it about to receive a comeuppance?

New York State has authority granted to it by the federal government to award stream crossing permits under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), for purely political reasons and under the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has refused to do so – not only for the Constitution, but also for a second major pipeline project in the western part of the state (NFG’s Northern Access Pipeline project).

According to an analyst from Height Securities, there is “political will” in Washington “to strip New York of its permitting authority.” Andrew Cuomo has gone rogue. He ignores federal law. Will Washington allow NY to continue thumbing its nose at the law? It looks like this is a battle royale between Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo.

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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

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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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