History Made! FERC Overrules NY DEC on Millennium Pipe Permit

Finally the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has had enough shenanigans from the corrupted New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In a historic, precedent-setting decision, on Friday FERC overruled DEC’s denial of a water permit for Millennium Pipeline’s tiny 7.8 mile pipeline spur from the main Millennium Pipeline to a natural gas power plant under construction in Orange County, NY. On Wednesday, Aug. 30, the DEC issued a denial letter to FERC and Millennium. In it, they claim that FERC’s review of the power plant project (that the pipeline will feed) is deficient based on a recently-decided court case about a pipeline project in Florida (see Corrupt NY DEC Denies Water Permit for 7.8 Mile Power Plant Pipeline). The radicalized DEC used the Florida case as an excuse to refuse stream crossing permits for the Millennium Pipeline project–claiming FERC had not considered long-term effects of mythical man-made global warming that would come from the power plant if the Millennium pipeline is connected to and feeds the plant. The DEC decision was a naked attempt to grab power not given to it under federal law. FERC said ENOUGH, and ruled on Friday the DEC had taken too long (over one year) in dithering with a decision on the Millennium pipeline request. A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said FERC has the power and authority to overrule the DEC when they take longer than one year to grant permits (see DC Court Tells Millennium FERC Can Override NY DEC Pipeline Delay). So FERC just exercised their federal, court-approved authority and smashed the DEC into the ground. LOVE IT! Of course the humiliated DEC spit and sputtered and said they will likely sue…
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FERC Greenlights Construction of Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

Bad news for the Sisters of the Corn and the radicals at Lancaster Against Pipelines. On Friday the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted Williams permission to begin construction on Atlantic Sunrise, a $3 billion, 198-mile pipeline project running through 10 Pennsylvania counties to connect Marcellus Shale natural gas from northeastern PA with the Williams’ Transco pipeline in southern Lancaster County. Last week the Sierra Club and a mish mash of other nutball groups begged FERC to delay issuing an order that Williams can commence with construction, claiming FERC’s delay in considering a rehearing delayed a lawsuit and the lawsuit hasn’t had enough time to work it’s way through the court system (see Big Green Begs FERC to Delay Construction of Atlantic Sunrise Pipe). As was expected, Big Green’s begging and pleading fell on deaf ears. Williams previously said they plan to begin construction on Sept. 20th–this Wednesday. Ladies and gentleman, start your (backhoe) engines! Sisters of the Corn (see Lancaster Sisters of the Corn Lose Bid to Stop Atlantic Coast Pipe), you may want to pick up your wooden park benches and the flower trestle–what you call a “chapel”–in the middle of your corn field. Here comes the Atlantic Sunrise!…
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Canadian Drillers Beg NEB to Approve Pipe Plan to Compete with M-U

TransCanada, one of Canada’s leading midstream/pipeline companies, cooked up a deal last year to pipe natural gas from Canada’s West Coast to the East Coast in order to fend off cheap supplies of Marcellus/Utica gas that will flow into Canada when/if the NEXUS and Rover pipelines get built (see TransCanada Pipe Drops Price 42% to Compete with Marcellus/Utica). TransCanada dropped their pipeline price to lure drillers by (theoretically) making it less expensive to get gas from Western Canada, some 2,400 miles away, than from the Marcellus, just 400 miles away. The original open season last year was a bust because TransCanada insists on a 10-year commitment (see TransCanada Plan to Lowball M-U Gas Using Canada Pipeline a Bust). TransCanada revived their plan in February. Although it looked almost like the same deal all over again with the same 10-year term and about the same price, TransCanada dropped a minimum amount to be shipped and is letting shippers opt out after five years under certain conditions. The changes worked (see TransCanada Says Plan to Lowball M-U Gas Worked, Shippers Sign Up). The plan needs a bevy of regulatory approvals, the main one being the Canadian National Energy Board (NEB). The clock is ticking and time is running out. In hearings before the NEB last week, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers pleaded their case that the plan get approved. Without it, western Canadian gas simply can’t compete with cheap, abundant Marcellus/Utica Shale gas flowing north. In somewhat dramatic terms, Canadian drillers claimed the “future of western Canada’s natural gas industry could depend on pipeline company TransCanada winning regulatory approval” of their lowball plan…
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19 Radicals Arrested for Blocking DEQ Building in Richmond, Va.

As MDN told you two weeks ago, radicals from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) said they would stage “massive” protests at several Virginia Department of Environmental Quality offices last week to protest against two Marcellus/Utica pipeline projects: the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline and $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline. Both projects have large segments crossing Virginia (see Radical CCAN to Protest VA DEQ Against Marcellus/Utica Pipelines). CCAN said up to 1,000 people would turn up to behave badly at DEQ office sites–using sit-ins, “prayer circles” and sidewalk “rallies.” The so-called “massive” rallies where held–and it was bust. At the main DEQ office in Richmond, “dozens” turned out to protest the pipelines. If it weren’t for the signs and sloppy dress code, you wouldn’t have known they where there–they would have blended in with the crowd. In the end, 19 of the radicals were arrested for blocking an entrance to the building where the DEQ has its office. The news account of the “arrest” of these radicals sounds more like a tea party than a crime scene. One radical said she though the police “were just great”…
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Big Green Mouthpiece StateImpact PA Gets $653K Propaganda Grant

It certainly isn’t journalism. It’s one-sided, anti-fossil fuel advocacy. And it’s profoundly biased. StateImpact Pennsylvania, a Public Broadcasting initiative that’s funded, in part, with taxpayer money, is about to expand by adding another three propagandists to the three it has now. Joy. Four PBS organizations, led by WITF in Harrisburg, PA, is receiving a $652,902 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to expand its propaganda operation and write more anti-drilling, anti-pipeline stories. Stories that are one-sided. Aren’t you glad your taxpayer dollars go to fund this “reporting?” They’ll throw in a little global warming hysteria, just to spice it up…
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PIOGA Corrects PA Rep. Kate Harper’s Whoppers on Severance Tax

Republicans hold majorities in both the Pennsylvania Senate and the Pennsylvania House. As is happening on the national level, the Republican Party in PA is also rife with establishment, left-leaning members who are not in their positions to benefit their constituents and all residents of the Keystone State, but are there to feather their own nests. Swamp dwellers. They are Republicans In Name Only (RINOs). One such RINO is PA Rep. Kate Harper, a “Republican” from Montgomery County–a Philadelphia suburb. Harper has been in the House since Jan. 2, 2001 (16 years, long past time she was voted out of office). Harper proposed an insane severance tax as part of this year’s budget deal. It’s not her first time at the trough. Harper has been proposing a severance tax for years (see PA RINO Rep. Kate Harper Trots Out Severance Tax, Again). Harper got her nose bent out of joint last week when her latest severance tax proposal, which she was just sure would make it this time, was removed from the budget bill during a committee vote. In responding to that removal, Harper made some inaccurate claims about the severance tax and the drilling industry. PIOGA (Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association) has stepped up to set the record straight on Ms. Harper’s whoppers…
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ExxonKnew Radicals Suffer Major Federal Court Defeat in Mass.

Last week MDN told you that New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, had just ruled that the New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, has the right to demand documents in a court case that accuses Exxon of hiding internal research that shows burning oil and gas leads to catastrophic, man-made global warming (see NY Court Tells Exxon to Turn Over Records to Corrupt AG). This part of the coordinated, colluding effort by Big Green groups to try and shake down Exxon for billions, to “take down one of the biggest” fossil fuel companies, hoping others would fold like a deck of cheap cards, part of the #ExxonKnew campain. Since we brought you that bad news, it’s only fair to bring you the good news too. Not long after the corrupted high court in NY delivered that verdict, a federal judge in Boston dealt a major blow to environmental activist groups suing Exxon as part of the #ExxonKnew campaign. In Boston, a judge ruled the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) suing Exxon had unnecessarily injected global warming flummery into its lawsuit–and the CFL was ordered to refile their lawsuit without it–essentially gutting their effort to sue Exxon. It was a stand-up-and-cheer moment…
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PDF Map Details M-U Shale Plays, Pipelines and More – See It Now

MDN previously wrote about Natural Gas Intelligence’s awesome, huge 52″ x 36″ wall map showing every major (most minor) natural gas pipelines (202 of them!), resource plays (185 of them!) and more (See the Map that Changed How MDN Views the NatGas World). What do you do, however, if you’re on the road, at home or out of the office and you can’t glance at your handy Shale/Resource Plays & Natural Gas Pipelines wall map? NGI has thought of that too. When you buy an NGI wall map (MDN Users Get 25% off, here’s how), you also get a PDF version as well–something you can literally take anywhere with you, for use on your laptop or your smartphone. The PDF version has become our favorite. Don’t tell NGI, but we’ve zoomed in on the Appalachian portion of the map to show you just how much information you’ll find if you decide to get your own copy. Buckle up to enjoy the ride!…
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Marcellus & Utica Shale Story Links: Mon, Sep 18, 2017

The “best of the rest” – stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading. In today’s lineup: PTT Ohio cracker decision to come last quarter 2017; PA budget fight gets “personal” and regional; DRBC sitting on $30M in cash/investments; PA cracker will have big impact on Lawrence County; West Goshen still suing re Mariner East 2 pipeline; OH gas plants primed to seize King Coal’s crown; Belmont County cracker will benefit WV; NC regulators ask questions of Atlantic Coast Pipeline; Energy Dept. does quick turnaround, approves natgas export plant in record time; Trump may replace (not repeal) Clean Power Plan; and more!
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