PA Congressman Tom Marino, who represents Susquehanna County where the Constitution Pipeline begins, calls out Cuomo on his permit denial.
The Constitution Pipeline begins in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, though most of it is in New York. Susquehanna County is in Congressman Tom Marino’s 10th Congressional District. Marino did an interview with me several months ago and is unabashedly pro-gas. He proved it again this week with a strong statement effectively calling out New York’s bully Governor Andrew Cuomo for his cowardly act in denying the Constitution Pipeline a Section 401 Water Quality Certification necessary for final FERC approval. He followed it up with a great interview on Fred Dicker’s program.
Here is Tom Marino’s excellent statement:
“The Constitution Pipeline is a common sense proposal that will create thousands of good paying jobs for hardworking Americans. Once again, politicians have allowed their own personal agendas to cloud their judgment. This show of political might will only cost the United States jobs and further halt economic growth. Even worse, blocking the pipeline increases reliance on foreign sources of natural gas rather than utilizing the abundant supply we have here at home. This is an incredible loss for the Commonwealth.”
Marino’s reference to personal political agendas, of course, is about Cuomo and his cowering before the NRDC gang and friends. He gave the NRDC gang three years to turn what should have been a routine bureaucratic decision by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) into a political issue, just as he did with fracking, meanwhile appointing two successive members of the gang to the position of DEC Commissioner where they could keep the thumb on career employees.
Marino also went into more detail on the Fred Dicker Show this week to lay out the problem and call out the Cuomo administration. You can hear the interview here (beginning at 26:30):
I wonder what the folks in the Governor’s office will think as they read the transcript they pay their staff to make of this one, especially to his reference to the New York and Pennsylvania border as the Berlin Wall. Responding to Dicker’s comments about Cuomo being captured by “radical greenies,” Marino notes Cuomo is leading New York back into the 20th Century by putting the patronization of these radicals ahead of the public interest. He also talks about the gas wells near his own home, the safety record of the industry and the importance of inexpensive natural gas to urban consumers. Listen in!