CPV Marcellus-Fired Elec Plant in Orange County Now Online!

Finally! Competitive Power Ventures’ 680-megawatt CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda (Orange County), NY is fully up and running and producing enough electricity to power 600,000 liberal NY homes. New York Gov. Cuomo tried his best to block the recently-completed (costing $900 million) Marcellus gas-fed plant from going online by instructing the Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to deny renewing a permit they previously issued, but a judge saw right through that one and overruled the DEC.
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US District Court Throws Out ACP/MVP Eminent Domain Case

We’ve lost track of how many lawsuits have been filed by anti-fossil fuel groups against EQT Midstream’s Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), and Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). Among the flood of never-ending lawsuits was a lawsuit against both pipelines from a group of 50 or so landowners who tried to overturn the constitutional use of eminent domain to force hold-out landowners to accept the pipeline. The landowners tried to court-shop and find a court to aide them in their cause. Last Friday the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected that effort.
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Plum Injection Well Hearing Draws Solid Opposition

Earlier this year the federal EPA approved a new injection well for Plum Borough in Allegheny County, PA (see Federal EPA Approves Permit for Plum, PA Wastewater Injection Well). Although federal approval is necessary, so too is state approval. The PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) held a public hearing Monday night to elicit input. Around 60 people showed up. All 17 who spoke at the hearing were against the proposed injection well.
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Wolf Pledges to Pursue Severance Tax Next 4 Years if Reelected

We’re going to dub Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, “Tommy One Note.” Wolf participated in a debate with his far-more-qualified-to-be-governor opponent, Scott Wagner, Monday evening in Hershey, PA. It was/is the only debate that will be held between the two. The debate (if you can call it that) was “moderated” by Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. During the debate Wolf indicated that if he is elected to a second four-year term, he will keep fighting every single year, year in and year out, to pass an exorbitantly high severance tax to pay back teacher’s unions for voting for him.
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Robert Murray Exposed as Funding Opposition to WV NatGas Plants

Robert Murray of Murray Energy – the man behind the OVJA curtain

In July MDN brought you an article that exposes the Ohio Valley Jobs Alliance (OVJA) as a front group for Murray Energy–coal people trying to block new natural gas-fired electric plants from getting built in West Virginia (see OVJA Exposed as Front for Murray Energy Blocking Gas-Fired Plants). A new article appearing the the Charleston Gazette-Mail goes deeper, ripping the mask off to reveal Robert Murray (CEO of Murray Energy) as the puppet master pulling the strings of OVJA.
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Columbia’s Master Plan to Restore Gas Service in Mass. by Nov 19

Columbia Gas of Massachusetts continues to try and recover from early missteps in how it responded to a series of explosions in its local delivery pipelines north of Boston in mid-September (see Local NatGas Pipes Explode Near Boston Killing 1, Injuring 25). The explosions and resulting fires tragically killed one teenager and injured 25 others. It left some 8,600 households and businesses without natural gas–for months. Yesterday Columbia released a detailed plan for how they will replace all ~48 miles of pipeline and get everyone back online by Nov. 19.
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Time to Fix Federal Clean Water Act – to Prevent “Hijackings”

Environmentalists who buy into the fairy tale of man-made global warming have a new tool to force their will on the American people: Get liberal governors to abuse state review authority granted to them under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) in order to block federal pipeline projects. NY Gov. Cuomo was one of the first to bastardize the intent of the CWA in this fashion. It is a hijacking of the CWA and its intended purpose–and it must stop.
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Energy Stories of Interest: Wed, Oct 3, 2018

The “best of the rest”–stories that caught MDN’s eye that you may be interested in reading: Possible ethane cracker plant will impact communities outside Belmont County; Making big bucks in the Marcellus/Utica industry; Corporate Citizenship award winner: Chevron Appalachia; Philly-area Senators to introduce partisan pipeline siting bill; Connecticut state lawmakers want review of gas pipelines; GE ousts CEO John Flannery in surprise move after missed targets; Good riddance to Obama’s gas flaring rule; Shell approves long-awaited Canadian LNG project; Panama Canal in LNG tanker transit milestone; LNG prices leap on strong Chinese demand.
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