Constitution Pipeline Asks FERC to Override NY DEC

The Andrew Cuomo-corrupted New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) took more than two years to evaluate and eventually reject the Constitution Pipeline–a $683 million, 124-mile pipeline from Susquehanna County, PA to Schoharie County, NY to move Marcellus gas (see NY Gov. Cuomo Refuses to Grant Permits for Constitution Pipeline). Constitution went to court to overturn that decision, but ultimately failed in August (see Court Rejects Constitution Pipe’s Case Against NY DEC; Now What?). Many analysts and lawyers believed it was lights out for the project (see Energy Attorneys Hint it’s ‘Lights Out’ for Constitution Pipeline). Hold your horses! Constitution, borrowing a strategy that worked for Millennium Pipeline, filed a request last week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), asking FERC to overrule the DEC’s refusal to grant the water permit needed for the project. There is precedence. FERC recently did the same thing in another case (see History Made! FERC Overrules NY DEC on Millennium Pipe Permit). Constitution is on firm ground. The DEC took over two years to review the project. Statutorily the DEC only has one year to complete a review. It was on that same basis that FERC granted Millennium permission to build their project (review was too long), and Constitution is hoping FERC will now do the same for them…

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