PennEast Celebrates Lawsuit Dismissal, Takes Swipe @ Riverkeeper

As we reported yesterday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed a year ago by THE Delaware Riverkeeper against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (see Fed Judge Dismisses Dela. Riverkeeper Lawsuit Against FERC). The lawsuit aimed to shut down the entire agency by defunding it (see THE Delaware Riverkeeper Sues FERC, Tries to Close it Down). The lawsuit claimed FERC can’t objectively make decisions about projects like the Penn East Pipeline (running from the Wilkes-Barre area to New Jersey) because FERC derives some of its operating revenue from the projects it either approves or does not approve. In other words, Delaware Riverkeeper tried to shut down a national agency because they object to a single pipeline project. Liberal U.S. District Justice Tanya Chutkan found Riverkeeper’s arguments lacking, to say the least. It took a day, but PennEast released their own statement about Riverkeeper’s lawsuit going down in flames. It is an interesting response from PennEast and continues a trend in what we’ve previously noticed: PennEast has (finally) taken the gloves off and is pushing back hard against enviro-jihadists like Riverkeeper…

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