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.

The project is meant to increase pipeline capacity and flows heading into northeastern markets. Transco wants to provide more Marcellus natural gas to utility giant National Grid beginning with the 2019-2020 heating season. National Grid operates in New York City, Long Island, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

There are a number of components to the project, but the key component, the heart of the project, is a new 23-mile pipeline from the shore of New Jersey into (on the bottom of) the Raritan Bay–running parallel to the existing Transco pipeline–before connecting to the Transco offshore. In a pattern we’ve seen before, the DEC claims, falsely, that an application for a state water crossing permit is “incomplete.”

The DEC, like Lucy with her football in the old Charlie Brown cartoons, offers the promise that “if only” the pipeline company will submit a “complete” application THEN they will approve it. But just like Lucy with the football, when the company gets close, the DEC pulls it away yet again. Fool me once… The DEC used this same tactic to defeat the Constitution Pipeline project. It sure feels to us like “here we go again.”

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The DEC’s action in denying the water crossing permit by saying it is incomplete offers the implied hope that with a “complete” application, whatever that is, the project will get approved. We think it’s nonsense, that the DEC has no intention of ever approving this project. Unfortunately, Williams has no other options. They must play along with the charade, hoping that this time it will be different.

From the Dissociated Press:

New York regulators have denied a permit for a pipeline expansion designed to increase natural gas deliveries to New York City.

The Northeast Supply Enhancement project proposes to expand the Transco pipeline, which extends from Texas to the Northeast coast. It would include installation of 17 miles of 26-inch-diameter underwater pipeline from New Jersey to Queens.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says Friday the application for a state water quality permit shows “potentially significant environmental impacts.”

A spokesman for Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Partners says the company intends to resubmit its application and work with DEC to satisfy conditions for permit approval.

Food and Water Watch, an environmental group, says it will continue to fight the pipeline and other fossil fuel infrastructure.

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NGI’s Shale Daily:

DEC said Transco’s application, which was filed in June 2017, was incomplete. It also said that FERC’s ongoing environmental review could result in changes to the project. About a month after the application was filed last year, DEC told Transco that its application was administratively incomplete, pending the project’s draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

FERC issued a favorable DEIS last month, but DEC said it has until May 14 to comment on the document. The department also said it would not ultimately have the information it needs to make a determination about the application within the one-year statutory deadline because a final environmental impact statement won’t be issued until September 2018.

Transco parent Williams said it’s been working closely with the DEC for the last year to satisfy requirements for a WQC. Prior to the denial, DEC “informed the company that it required additional time to complete its review of potential water quality impacts beyond the statutory permit review period,” spokesperson Christopher Stockton said. “Williams, with the support of our customer National Grid, fully intends to resubmit the project’s 401 WQC application so that the agency can continue its permit evaluation and provide the clearances necessary to construct this critical piece of pipeline infrastructure.”

Previously, Williams, at the request of the DEC, resubmitted the Constitution Pipeline application (after the DEC had the original application for a full year), which gave the DEC yet another year on top of the previous year they had to review it. Running out the clock. Williams dutifully played along. At the end of the second year, the DEC rejected the Constitution project fully and completely. Just an observation.

Click here to read the DEC’s rejection letter, stating the application is “incomplete.”

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10 thoughts on “Here We Go Again: DEC Denies Another NY Pipeline Project

  1. Cuomo is out this year!!!

    We need to be sure to make that statement is real by getting the Republican Vote out. However if another Democrat [Cynthia Nixon] were to win we might as well ask she makes Vera Scroggins head of the DEC

    • That’s right you might as well. Cynthia Nixon will be worse than Cuomo. The department of the EThically Challenged needs to have it handed to them . The commissioner cannot EThically make decisions on anything pipeline because of his tied to the Delaware valley river keepers. Why Williams has not capitalize on this is beyond me but someone definitely needs to get the head out. I am a resident of NY and a pipeliner. This crap is getting old. I almost went to jail over the Constitution line at ferc. Meeting because little Billy Huston shoved his camera in my face.. Your lawyers need to start playing hard ball with NY. We now have the right man in the white house to step in the right toes.

      • I’m afraid your confidence in Trump is misplaced; coal executives beat you to the punch by contributing millions to Trumps Inauguration Fund, a slush fund with no accountability or contribution limits.

        Perry, Pruitt and Zinke have worked hard to deregulate coal at the expense of all the environmental gains natural gas is responsible for. FERC is the only part of the administration remotely responsive to natural gas devekopment, but it took a year for Trump to even get around to nominate enough FERC commissioners to form a quorum. It’s pay for play and Big Coal paid more than natural gas.

    • Before you can attempt to deal with Cuomo or Nixon, you will need a well-known and well funded candidate and he or she is … ? And he or she has how much money to counter Cuomo’s campaign fund of about $30 million?

      About a week ago, I read this in the POLITICO New York Playbook:

      “MOLINARO WON’T RULE OUT GUBERNATORIAL RUN – Gannett’s Jon Campbell: “Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, already bowed out of the governor’s race once. Now, with one of the leading GOP candidates dropping out earlier this month, some Republicans are hoping he will reconsider. So far, Molinaro isn’t ruling it out. A handful of his former Assembly Republican colleagues launched a ‘Draft Molinaro’ effort this month to try to convince him to reverse his decision and begin a campaign against Cuomo.”

      If this is the best the Republicans can do this late in the election cycle, Cuomo will move left to counter Nixon, the way he did to Teachout, and be re-elected. Your only hope was to make natural gas an economic issue without larding it with conservative rhetoric, which is a non-starter for most New Yorkers, but it is too late now for this election cycle.

      • Here is something from the April 26, 2018 Oneonta, NY paper, The Daily Star:

        “Cuomo veers left amid challenge from Nixon”

        Natural gas supporters have squandered the last 4 years of the gubernatorial election cycle on conservative political purity and fantasies like secession from or cutting off gas to down state. The only real dialog now is between a craven politician who is bad on gas and the Working Families challenger, who, if possible, is worse. Imagine if it had been him pivoting on gas development because of growing public support for realistic energy policy.

        Natural gas development has the potential to be an issue that crosses ideological divisions because so many people already use it, the region has abundant supplies and objectively needs it. But, if you want more and more committed supporters, you have to sell it to them based on their wants and needs, not as a validation of conservative philosophy. Play the game in front of you, not the one you wish was.

        • Well mark how do you explain the left and progressive (some) opposition to natural gas? And if you notice Cynthia nixons energy plan is the antifracking movements as well as being just like Bernie Sanders plan, no? It’s antifracking , all fossil fuel, nucelar and only pro 100 percent renewable.

          Why does Joe Mahoney seem to think tacking left which is toward the Bernie Sanders cynthia Nixon plan is favorable for Cuomo? By the way did Mahoney cover fracking and constitution pipeline well or not?

          I would agree with you that pro natural gas people make little sense connecting natural gas to conservative of republican ideology which is limiting and also to the anti climate science stance which clearly has been done on this site via some writers like marcesslis Jim for example other than the editor and that’s of course a mistake too.

  2. No matter who is running or what their political views are, for the most part only those who “believe” show up for the primaries. The average Joe/Jane cannot be bothered.

  3. Marcellus Jim appeared in Brooklyn this week at the draft eis on this pipeline? He covered the antifracking and all infrackstructure march which just occurred or the appearance of cynthia Nixon in the Rockaways with the antifracking and all infrackstructure and other activists?

    Marcellus Jim has researched NYrenews?

    Who is with Cynthia nixon in these pictures? Is there a photo of the NY dec announcement in these pictures?

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