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Three Strikes and New York State DEC Ought to Be Out

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

 

New York State DEC has struck three times now; it has just rejected water quality certification for the Millennium Pipeline extension. Time to call it out!

The New York State DEC yesterday formally denied water quality certification for a third FERC regulated pipeline project (check out EID coverage here). This time it was the short Millennial Pipeline extension to serve the already permitted and nearly complete CPV Valley Energy Center gas plant in Orange County. The nature of the decision gives further evidence the whole thing is a farce; a deliberate Cuomo strategy to force FERC to take over pipeline decisions for New York so he can claim his environmental extremist bona fides and still get the gas he needs. It’s Prince Corruptocrat at work.

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Lying NRDC Gang Targets Natural Gas Plant Pipeline

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

 

If any more evidence were needed of the disingenuous nature of the NRDC gang, it’s provided in a recent Catskill Mountainkeeper appeal to fight this pipeline.

The Catskill Mountainkeeper is out with a message to its supporters to fight a 7.8 mile Millennium Pipeline extension to a natural gas plant nearing completion in Orange County, New York. The messaging couldn’t be more disingenuous, so much so that I’m willing to call it outright lying—a word I don’t use that often. What’s behind it is a campaign to frustrate further development of the Marcellus Shale; to keep it away from lands the NRDC gang, of which the Mountainkeeper is part, wants for itself.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Upended by Court in Hypocritical Case

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

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The Delaware Riverkeeper a/k/a Povertykeeper loses another case, but what makes it interesting is the stance taken by this William Penn Foundation shill.

The Big Green group otherwise known as THE Delaware Riverkeeper (leftist political lobbying arm for the William Penn Foundation that funds it) filed a lawsuit in March in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District. It requested the court overturn a Clean Water Act permit granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Kinder Morgan’s Orion Project in northeast Pennsylvania. Earlier this week, in a humiliating defeat, the Third Circuit rejected Riverkeeper’s request and ruled the Army Corps was well within its right to grant the permit (full copy of the ruling below).

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Great Marcellus News! Cove Point LNG Nearly Ready to Go!

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

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Dominion is ready to start flowing Marcellus/Utica Shale gas to Cove Point LNG and begin testing the facility, which is scheduled to go online later this year.

Fantastic news to report! Dominion has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for permission to begin flowing feed gas (for testing purposes) to parts of the Cove Point LNG export facility. We are now getting close to startup at the facility, which is supposed to go online in the fourth quarter of this year.

Cove Point sits along the coast of Maryland. Dominion began work on the $3.5 billion plant in 2015. When complete, the plant will liquefy and export 1.8 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of Marcellus/Utica Shale gas to India and Japan.

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Wild-Eyed Eric Schneiderman Takes Russian Oil Money?

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

 

It’s hard to imagine a more despicable demagogic pol than Eric Schneiderman, New York’s wild-eyed Attorney General and NRDC shill. But, Russian oil money?

Eric Schneiderman may be the nastiest, most under-handed politician in America. He promotes and does the dirty work of the NRDC gang. He harasses tiny communities with the nerve to favor natural gas development. He’s a relentlessly ambitious demagogue along the lines of the infamous Huey Long. His very appearance—wild-eyed in very respect—hints at what to expect. He routinely jumps the gun, rushes in to lead politically correct causes and changes his story line when things don’t pan out as he hoped. He refuses to honor Freedom of Information requests. He alternately postures, deceives and then hides. He’s a thoroughly bad guy. And, now it appears he’s been taking Russian oil money all the while he’s been attacking fracking in New York.

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Court Kicks Constitution Pipeline and Case Down Road

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

 

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the Constitution Pipeline, kicking Williams in the gut on part of it and kicking part of it down the road.

A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City composed of Carter, G.W. Bush and Obama appointees has issued a very disappointing decision in the Constitution Pipeline case. It ruled against the Constitution Pipeline on the matter of whether the New York DEC acted arbitrarily in denying water quality certification while saying it had no authority to decide the critical question; whether DEC took too long. A read of the opinion (available here with my highlighting of important points) is an exercise in appreciating everything that’s wrong with New York, the courts and the pipeline industry.

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Will FERC Make the Constitution Pipeline Finally Happen?

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

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Recent rumblings from Williams suggests there’s still lots of life left in the Constitution Pipeline, especially now that a FERC quorum has been restored.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) caved to corrupt political pressure from Andrew Cuomo in April, 2016 and denied the Williams Constitution Pipeline a necessary federal 401 water quality certification, blocking the project. At that moment, DEC stepped off a cliff. It’s been a long, slow process, but we’ve watched the agency fall ever since. And now, it will soon hit the bottom.

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Two States, Two Pipeline Projects, Two Worlds Apart

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

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The progress and impending conclusions of two pipeline projects in New York and Pennsylvania have been monitored by Marcellus Drilling News with big reveals.

New York’s corrupted Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is running scared. For 19 months the DEC has intentionally delayed granting a tiny, 9-mile spur Millennium Pipeline wants to build in Orange County, NY the necessary Federal 401 Water Quality Certification it needs. Millennium took the DEC to federal court, but the court refused to get involved, telling Millennium that if the DEC is delaying, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) can jump in, tell New York it used up it’s time and authorize the project to proceed. So, that’s what Millennium did. They asked FERC to act.

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Riverkeeper Fail: The Shrinking Influence of a Big Mouth

cost of renewables - Tom ShepstoneTom Shepstone
Natural Gas NOW

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The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a political action group masquerading as a charity, failed again as two FERC members were appointed by unanimous consent.

Earlier in the week a regular reader sent me an action alert from the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, known not so affectionately here as the Delaware Povertykeeper or right arm of the Philadelphia gentry class. He sarcastically made the subject line “No lobbying here.” It was all about the continuing and quite extensive efforts of the Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper to prevent new FERC appointments so key pipeline projects would be stalled and kept in limbo ad infinitum.

The fact the Riverkeeper/Povertykeeper even imagined this was a viable strategy ignored the political realties; both Democrats and Republicans want those projects. This is why Maya and company, the biggest mouths on the fractivist scene and hired guns for elitist power-brokers were ignored and those appointments have now been approved. It was a big fail.

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DEC Screams Like Stuck Pig As Millennium Asserts Rights

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

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Millennium Pipeline has asserted its rights with FERC and New York State DEC is screaming like a stuck pig, begging for retention of its supposed authority.

MDN just brought you the exciting news that Millennium Pipeline has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to overrule the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. The agency is politicized and corrupted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, so Millennium has asked FERC to go ahead and issue permission to commence construction of a very small 7.8 mile pipeline that will connect its pipeline to a natural gas-fired power plant now under construction in Orange County, New York.

Now, DEC is screaming and begging for an opportunity to make to still be the decision maker. If any further proof is needed that hardball is the way the game is played in New York, this is it. Millennium knows how to play, because they’ve done business here before.

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