NY DEC Grants Permit for Millennium Pipe Eastern System Upgrade

The New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is tap dancing to explain why they refused to grant a water crossing permit for a 7.8-mile pipeline in Orange County to Millennium Pipeline Valley Lateral Project, yet a few days before that refusal they granted a water crossing permit to Millennium for the Eastern System Upgrade, which includes 7.8 miles of looping pipeline in yes, Orange County! The Millennium Pipeline stretches ~244 miles from Independence in Steuben County, NY to Buena Vista in Rockland County, NY. The Millennium, which is supplied by local production (much of it Marcellus Shale gas) and storage fields and interconnecting upstream pipelines, serves customers along its route in New York’s Southern Tier region and helps meet the energy needs of northeast markets. In August 2016, Millennium filed an application for what it calls its Eastern System Upgrade (see Millennium Pipe Asks FERC to Approve Eastern System Upgrade in NY). The ESU would add 7.8 miles of extra looped pipeline in Orange County, upgrade a compressor station in Delaware County, build a new compressor in Sullivan County and make some minor tweaks to metering stations in Rockland County. Just days before the DEC denied a water permit for the Valley Lateral Project (see Corrupt NY DEC Denies Water Permit for 7.8 Mile Power Plant Pipeline), the DEC issued the same permit for the much larger ESU project. The DEC denied Valley Lateral on the premise that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had not done a proper job in evaluating the global warming potential of the new power plant that pipeline will feed. Yet the DEC saw no problem with bumping up capacity by 223 million cubic feet of natural gas flowing per day along the mainline Millennium, which the ESU project will do. Lucy! You have some ‘splainin to do! Aside from the flaming DEC contradiction, Millennium has just asked FERC to please hurry up a final OK of the ESU project, before the DEC changes it mind…

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