Lack of Pipeline Approvals by Cuomo = Future Power Outages in NY

New York Gov. Cuomo has now blocked the Constitution Pipeline from getting built (see NY Gov. Cuomo Refuses to Grant Permits for Constitution Pipeline), and the Northern Access Pipeline project (see Cuomo’s Corrupt NY DEC Blocks NFG Northern Access Pipeline Permit). Those two projects are critical–not only for Pennsylvania drillers, but for NY’s natural gas customers. However, the cancer of pipelineitis seems to have now spread. The Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is behaving with two smaller-yet-vital pipeline projects as they did with both of those large pipeline projects. The behavior observed is this: delay for a year or more, and when you can no longer get away with more delays, simply deny the permits. This time their delay/denial routine threatens electric reliability in the Empire State–because the two small pipeline projects they’re doing it with would feed new electric generating plants. With the imminent closing of a nuclear plant near New York City–by Cuomo–our state needs massive amounts of new electric generating capacity. Fields and fields of solar panels and hillside upon hillside of windmills can’t replace all of the electricity disappearing when Indian Point closes. Natgas generation has to come online–and if it doesn’t, get read for rolling blackouts…

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