Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
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.