FERC Humiliates NY DEC, Millennium Can Begin Construction on Pipe

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just escalated a much-needed war with the CORRUPT, Andrew Cuomo-directed Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in New York. We won’t recount the entire history, but the DEC had arbitrarily, after more than one year of review, ruled against issuing a federal water crossing permit for a tiny 7.8 mile pipeline Millennium needs to build from its main pipeline to an electric generating plant under construction in Orange County. The power plant is due to be completed in early 2018–and needs a fuel supply. In a monumental decision, FERC overruled NY DEC in September (see History Made! FERC Overrules NY DEC on Millennium Pipe Permit). The DEC, in a snit fit, demanded FERC not OK the beginning of construction until an army of DEC lawyers figures out a way to appeal, delay, obstruct and otherwise stop the project anyway (see NY DEC Appeals FERC Override of Millennium Pipe Decision). On Oct. 20th, Millennium asked FERC for permission to begin building the pipeline and NOT wait while the DEC tries to obstruct the project (see Millennium Raises Stakes Against NY, Asks FERC to Begin Pipe Work). Last Friday FERC said yes to Millennium, granting them permission to begin construction. Finally! Someone with enough guts to stand up to the corrupt Cuomo machine! But don’t count the DEC out just yet. Yesterday the DEC filed a lawsuit in the liberal 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan, hoping they can get a lib Dem judge (someone in Cuomo’s pocket) to sign an order stopping construction…

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