NY DEC: Issue The Constitution Pipeline Permits!

NED Pipeline - Jim Willis reports

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


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has already approved the Constitution Pipeline, but the NY DEC insists on delaying by not approving the permits.

Enough is enough. It’s become quite obvious that NY Gov. Cuomo is up to his old tricks–delay and then deny. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) long ago approved the Williams Constitution Pipeline.

The Constitution Pipeline is a desperately needed pipeline that will largely following an existing utility corridor where electric lines are run, going from Susquehanna County, PA into Broome County, NY (very near to MDN HQ), into Chenango County, Delaware County, briefly touching Otsego County, and terminating in Schoharie County where it will connect with the Iroquois and Tennessee Gas pipelines.

constitution pipeline

The Constitution Pipeline will not only provide northeast PA gas to people in the New York City/New England area, there will be taps along the pipeline to deliver gas locally to communities along the way. The only thing preventing the Constitution Pipeline from being built is the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation. They need to issue what is called a 401 Water Quality Certificate that allows the pipeline to cross streams, swamps and other bodies of water.

It is a no-brainer. Yet the DEC is withholding the certificate. MDN received an appeal from the Constitution Pipeline to show our support to add our name to a list of people supporting the project, to send a message to Gov. Cuomo. We have, and we’re encouraging you to do the same.

Here’s the appeal we received:

Constitution Pipeline

By clicking the link in the letter, you go to this page:

Constitution Pipeline

When you click to sign the letter, here is the letter you’re signing and sending to Gov. Cuomo:

constitution pipeline

See the bottom where it says only 38 have signed it so far? That’s not enough! PLEASE sign it. Today. Now. Go to here to sign.

Having said that, we’re not at all sure Cuomo is going to relent. We’ve seen this pattern before. Delay for a long time, and then just announce you’re denying. That’s the way sleazy politicians like Cuomo work. He did it with fracking, and now he’s doing it with this pipeline.

Legal Options

When MDN editor Jim Willis attended the Shale Insight conference in Philadelphia in September, he listened to a panel discussion of midstream (pipeline) experts, including a former FERC commissioner. He got to ask a question and the question, roughly, was this: “The NY DEC is currently holding up the FERC-approved Constitution Pipeline. What if the DEC refuses to issue the necessary permits? What happens next?” The answer Jim got was, “It depends.” The bottom line seems to be that it’s likely FERC (and Williams) will need to take the DEC to court. The DEC frankly has no legal right to prevent a federally approved project from being built. That’s the bottom line. It may take a court to force the DEC (and Gov. Cuomo) to act, but in this matter the law is on our side. This is not a question of “if,” it is a question of “when” the pipeline will get built.

Our advice to Williams: quit trying to win a PR war you won’t win in politically correct socialist New York and take Cuomo and the DEC to court and force this through before any more time slips by. The law is with you. Use it!

In the meantime, let’s all flood the Constitution letter site and send Cuomo a PR message of our own. Even if it won’t do any good, it still feels good.

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4 thoughts on “NY DEC: Issue The Constitution Pipeline Permits!

  1. it follows that in NY the Constitution Pipeline permits will be denied- because Cuomo Inc. has already trampled on the US Constitution. you know- the part where you’re supposed to be fairly compensated when gov’t seizes your property for the supposed “public good”.

    i wouldn’t waste 2 minutes writing to that scumbag. he only listens to sign-waving utopian clowns. justice may yet be served- i think it likely he’s going down in legal flames after the Silver and Skelos trials.

    btw, we’ve been long abandoned by any Big gas/oil legal muscle here. what’s up with that?

  2. Keith- Why would big oil want to help Upstate NY?
    Besides us socialists dont deserve any help right Jim?
    Even IF NY ever would have been able to drill where would it have been sold?
    While we were fighting for our rights they were sneekin suply pipes into NYC? If ya think about it the import crowd had a lot more lobby cash than us hicks!
    As for the Constitution line spuds, they had no intention of adding them to the plan until a bunch of us on another forum started makin a issue of it! Cheep votes dont ya know?
    And Jim, maybe that lawsuit would be a good idea? But be careful what you wish for because they might start sniffin around lookin ta see if it is needed?
    It seems odd how in times of high demand there seems to be plenty if the price is right! Then again it is impressive how the Henry hub seems to magically produce product?

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