FERC Approves Pipeline to Orange County, NY NatGas Power Plant

stamp-of-approval.jpgThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved a 7.8 mile off-shoot pipeline from the mighty Millennium Pipeline in Orange County, NY that will feed a new natgas-fired electric plant being built in Wawayanda. The pipeline will supply 130 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of Marcellus gas to feed the new power plant. This is the Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) $900 million plant being opposed by rich Hollywood actor James Cromwell, who lives near the plant site (see Actor James Cromwell Arrested Protesting NY Power Plant Site). The plant has been subjected to several frivolous lawsuits, but was OK’d by a judge last year (see Orange County, NY Marcellus-Fired Electric Plant OK’d by Judge). The last hope of the objectors was to appeal to FERC, telling FERC they should not be the ones overseeing the project since the Millennium Pipeline doesn’t cross state boundaries, and it will feed a power plant inside NY–i.e., it’s not an “interstate” but an “intrastate” project that should be overseen by NY authorities. FERC rejected that line of reasoning…

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