Williams NEPA Compressor Stn Tour Opens Reporter’s Eyes

Williams is planning to build two new compressor stations in eastern Pennsylvania as part of its Leidy South Project (see Williams Planning 2 New, 2 Upgraded Compressor Stations in NEPA). One of the new compressor stations will get built in Luzerne County (Wilkes-Barre area), and the other in Schuylkill County (shares a border with Luzerne County, sort of in the Philadelphia orbit). A reporter from Schuylkill recently got an exclusive tour of an existing Williams compressor station similar to the one that will get built in Schuylkill. The reporter’s article is fascinating. It shows the reaction of someone who has an open mind about these kinds of projects.
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Another Contractor Files Liens Against Lancaster Landowners re Pipeline

This stuff continues to make us angry. In March we told you that MacAllister Machinery Co. Inc. of Michigan used lawyers to serve landowners in Lancaster County, PA with “mechanic’s liens” making the landowners liable to pay money to MacAllister for work done on the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project (see Another Pipe Builder Plays Dirty – Liens on Lancaster Landowners). Sleazy tactic. The issue revolves around Welded Construction, the main pipeline contractor, failing to pay their subcontractors (including MacAllister) for work done on the project. The same lawyers have filed *another* round of mechanic’s liens against Lancaster landowners, this time for Ohio Machinery Company (shame on them).
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NYC Antis Continue to Pressure Cuomo to Block NESE Pipeline

Last Thursday, “more than 300” anti-fossil fuel nutters protested to “demand” that Gov. Cuomo block Williams’ proposed Northeast Supply Expansion (NESE) pipeline project. We have extensively covered NESE and the coming decision by Cuomo’s lapdogs at the Dept. of Environmental Conservation.
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NYC Housing Authority Tenant Leader Lobbies for NESE NatGas Pipe

Danny Barber, a NYCHA tenant leader who backs NESE pipeline project

A prominent advocate for tenants who live in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) apartment buildings is speaking up to support Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project. Daniel Barber, head of the Citywide Council of Presidents of NYCHA tenants’ associations, announced yesterday that without NESE, what’s already a crisis will become even worse. People without heat in the winter and without hot water year round. You MUST watch a short video (below) and read about how some of New York’s poorest residents will be harmed if NESE is blocked by Gov. Cuomo.
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EQT Downsizing Pittsburgh Office; Williams Keeping Big Office

It’s no secret that upstream companies (drillers) like EQT are trimming head count and reducing annual spending. So it probably won’t come as a surprise that EQT has put 46,000 square feet (out of 250,000 sq. ft.) in its palatial headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh up for sublease. Meanwhile, in a contrasting bit of news, midstream (pipeline) company Williams has just renewed the lease for its big regional Pittsburgh headquarters at Park Place Corporate Center–a 112,481 sq. ft. building.
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Did Constitution Pipeline Prospects Improve with Trump Exec Order?

During the signing ceremony on Wednesday when President Trump signed two executive orders to make it harder for states to block new pipelines for political reasons, Trump revealed part of the motivation for the EOs when he said, “And also, in New York, they’re paying tremendous amounts of money more for energy to heat their homes because New York State blocked a permit to build the Constitution Pipeline.” So we ask the question, will Trump’s EO actually help get the Constitution built?
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DC Circuit Court Slaps Down NY, NC Request to Block 3 Pipelines

In addition to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) slapping down the New York DEC this week (see our lead story), on Wednesday the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals slapped down both New York and North Carolina regulators who tried to block three important Williams pipeline projects, all related to the mighty Transco Pipeline.
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NY DEC Nervous that FERC Will Overturn Constitution Pipe Ruling

The Cuomo-corrupted New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is spitting and sputtering, “warning” the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that if they (FERC) decide to rule that NY took too long to approve the Williams Constitution Pipeline and now gives the project a go-ahead, the DEC intends to rain down all sorts of legal hell on the agency. Which tells us one thing: the DEC is VERY nervous that their power to block pipeline projects is about to be neutered.
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Trump Exec Order Coming to Overrule NY on Blocked Pipelines

Credit: NBC News

Although it’s still talk, the talk is now white hot and all indications are that President Trump will soon issue an Executive Order (EO) that declares important pipeline projects–like Williams’ Constitution and Northeast Supply Enhancement projects–are critical for national security, and that states like New York trying to block those projects just because they’re fossil fuel projects will not stand.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 4/4/19: White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow has confirmed a Trump EO is about to be issued on pipelines. See article below.
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It’s Time to Support Williams’ NESE Project in NJ – Here’s How

An important project from Williams, the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) which would beef up capacity along the Transco pipeline system going into New York City, is now under review in New Jersey. Part of the project must pass through NJ on its way to NY–and it’s time to sign a petition to the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
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Another Pipe Builder Plays Dirty – Liens on Lancaster Landowners

This stuff makes us angry. Just yesterday we told you about a contractor using the sleazy tactic of filing “mechanic’s liens” against landowners in western New York State because of a payment dispute with the company building a wind farm on their property (see Liens Filed Against W NY Landowners re Wind Turbines). Last year a contractor working on the Mariner East 2 Pipeline tried the same stunt (see Bankrupt Pipeline Contractor Leads to Liens Against PA Landowners).
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Radicals Turn Up Heat on Weak Cuomo to Reject Williams Bay Pipe

Andrew Cuomo, contrary to the picture he attempts to paint for gullible voters and the even more gullible mainstream news reporters, is a very weak “leader.” In what has become an identifiable pattern, when Cuomo is put under pressure by the fringe left environmental lobby, he folds to that pressure like a cheap suit. Totally gives in and accedes to whatever weird demands they make–like no new gas pipelines. Even when it economically hurts the state.
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Williams & Canada Pension Plan Form $3.8B JV in Marcellus/Utica

The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming! Actually, they’re already here. Last summer we brought you the bombshell news that Encino Acquisition Partners (EAP) had purchased all of Chesapeake Energy’s Ohio Utica assets (see Stop Press: Chesapeake Sells ALL of its Ohio Utica Assets for $2B). What’s not obvious in that headline is that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is Encino’s joint venture partner and put up virtually all of the money, and owns 98% of EAP. CPPIB is doing it again, this time buying a significant stake in Ohio Utica (and Marcellus) pipelines.
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FERC Compressor Stn Hearing Near Wilkes-Barre Turns Up 1 Anti

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is conducting a series of four public meetings (called scoping sessions) for both the Williams Leidy South Project (see Williams Planning 2 New, 2 Upgraded Compressor Stations in NEPA) and the National Fuel Gas Company FM100 Project (see NFG FM100 Pipe Project in NW PA to Feed Marcellus Gas to Transco). Both projects work together to flow more Marcellus gas to the Transco Zone 6 region.
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