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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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Here We Go Again: DEC Denies Another NY Pipeline Project

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

 

Corrupt Andrew Cuomo and his DEC deny yet another important NY pipeline project claiming “incomplete” information on the water crossing permit application.

A new fight is shaping up in the (crumbling) Empire State. Once again Andrew Cuomo, at the prompting of Big Green groups (corrupted by their big donations to his campaign war chest) has instructed his lackeys who run the Dept. of Environment Conservation (DEC) to reject a modest pipeline expansion proposal by Williams’ Transco Pipeline subsidiary. The project, which we’ve previously written about and are actively promoting, is called the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project.

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Backyard Farmers Say Their Interests Trump New Jersey Energy Needs

penneast pipeline - Tom Shepstone ReportsTom Shepstone
Shepstone Management Company, Inc.

 

WNYC News ran a story yesterday about backyard farmers opposing the PennEast Pipeline as if their interests were more important than New Jersey energy needs.

If you read yesterday’s story in the WYNC News about PennEast opponents you got a glimpse into the narrow selfish minds of those who would deny other Garden Staters the energy they need to heat their homes, make their electricity and secure their employment. New Jersey energy needs are no secret. The state consumed more natural gas than ever in January—some 3,317,275 million cubic feet—but, we’re supposed to ignore all that and worry about whether a pipeline to deliver the gas would interrupt the lives of some backyard chickens. Next door New York City heats more homes with gas every year and it’s cleaning air besides, but it’s those chickens that matter.

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Natural Gas Industry Takes the Offense Against Cuomo and Company

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

 

Finally, the natural gas industry is taking the offense against corrupt, demagogic governors such as Andrew Cuomo who are abusing water certification rules.

Five natural gas trade associations representing pretty much the entire natural gas industry (producers, suppliers, pipelines and local gas utilities) sent a joint letter to President Trump on Tuesday asking the President to clarify the role of states in administering Clean Water Act Section 401. Specifically, the groups want the president to slap around individual states that are abusing Section 401 to block critical pipeline projects—like how the corrupt Andrew Cuomo in New York is blocking the Constitution Pipeline by withholding Section 401 approval, substituting his own authority for FERC’s.

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Whiny Delaware Riverkeeper Says It Should Be Above the Law

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

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, personalized as Maya van Rossum, a/k/a Delaware Povertykeeper, tells FERC it should be above the law with no responsibility.

We are a country governed by the rule of law. Part of our system of laws (for better or worse) invests government bureaucracies with delegated power to make rules and regulations–which carry the weight of law. Children who are not disciplined (at home and at school) grow up to be adults who think silly things like rules don’t apply to them–because they don’t want them to. THE Delaware Riverkeeper falls into that camp.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Loses Yet Another One with “Bare Allegations”

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

 

The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Delaware Povertykeeper has lost again, as FERC says it all — “bare allegations of what is likely to occur do not suffice.”

In August 2016, Millennium Pipeline, which stretches from Corning, NY to just outside New York City, filed an application for what it calls its Eastern System Upgrade. The Eastern System Upgrade involves 7.8 miles of extra looped pipeline in Orange County, upgrade of a compressor station in Delaware County, building a new compressor in Sullivan County and making some minor tweaks to metering stations in Rockland County. In something of a miracle, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) granted permits for the project.

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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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