NC DEQ Denies Water Permit for MVP Southgate, Claims Lack of Info

Somebody’s lying–and our money is that the North Carolina Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are the liars. The DEQ recently denied a federal Section 401 Water Quality Certification permit (issued under the federal Clean Water Act) for the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) Southgate project, claiming MVP has not provided information it needs to properly evaluate the project. MVP says it’s bent over backward and forward to give DEQ everything it needs.
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Dominion “Very Confident” Atlantic Coast Pipe WILL Get Built

Dominion Energy has laid 35 miles (so far) of the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project that will run from West Virginia to North Carolina to bring Marcellus/Utica gas to the South. However, the project has been stalled for months due to multiple lawsuits brought by colluding Big Green groups. We recently told you about a whispering campaign that says Dominion may abandon the project (see Whispers Begin that Dominion May Abandon Atlantic Coast Pipeline). According to Dominion’s senior VP of gas transmission, the whisperers are wrong.
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Equitrans: Grenade-Throwing Sierra Club Won’t Stop MVP Project

All pipeline projects of any kind now get lying, smearing resistance from far-left organizations like the odious Sierra Club. Equitrans Midstream’s 303-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) that will run from Wetzel County, WV to the Transco Pipeline in Pittsylvania County, VA is no exception. Equitrans held its annual meeting yesterday in Pittsburgh. Topic A for shareholders is the status of MVP. Equitrans’ top brass had some interesting comments about the project and its detractors.
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Tardy Test Results Not Enough to Block Weymouth Compressor in Mass.

Anti-fossil fuelers in Massachusetts who are desperate to block a federal (and state) approved compressor station from getting built in Weymouth, MA continue to use a mix-up at the state Dept. of Environmental Protection (over air sample test results) as an excuse to bully the DEP into reversing its decision to grant a permit for the project. The DEP, to its credit, is not caving to the pressure.
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New EPA “Guidance” Overrides States re Issuing Pipe Permits

That didn’t take long. Barely two months ago President Trump signed an Executive Order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to review Section 401 of the Clean Water Act–the section that grants states (and tribes) the right to have a say in pipeline projects (see Trump Signs Executive Order Making it Harder to Block Pipes). While a comprehensive review is under way as part of the order, late last week EPA issued new guidance about Section 401 which says, among other things, EPA itself can go ahead and issue 401 permits even if a state (like New York) refuses to do so.
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Updates for PennEast & Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Projects

Two important pipeline projects, PennEast and Adelphia Gateway, are at various stages of approval. PennEast is a $1 billion (or $1.2 billion, depending on the source) new greenfield pipeline project from Luzerne County, PA to Mercer County, NJ. PennEast will flow PA Marcellus gas to markets in NJ. Adelphia Gateway is an old oil pipeline, already in the ground, that runs from Northampton County, PA through Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties, terminating in Delaware County at Marcus Hook. Adelphia will flow Marcellus gas to the Philadelphia region. PennEast was announced in 2014, and Adelphia in 2017. Neither has yet begun construction. What’s the status for each project?
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Ohio Portion of Risberg Pipeline Construction Begins

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In February MDN brought you the news that construction had begun on a relatively small pipeline project, the Risberg Line, a 60-mile pipeline with half of that an existing in-the-ground pipeline that runs from Crawford County, PA to Erie County, PA, and from there across the border into Ashtabula County, OH (see Construction Begins on “Massive” PA to OH Risberg Pipeline). Good news: Construction has just begun on the Ohio side of the border.
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PA Sen. Dinniman Intros Bill Requiring Study of “Old” Pipelines

PA State Sen. Andy Dinniman

Pennsylvania Senator Andy Dinniman, leftist Democrat from Chester County (near Philadelphia), continues his mission to try and block all three Mariner East pipelines from achieving or continuing service, flowing natural gas liquids to Marcus Hook. His latest attempt is “pipeline safety” Senate Bill (SB) 677, a bill requiring an all natgas and NGL pipelines over 50 years old to conduct an “end of life” study.
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NJ DEP Rejects Williams NESE Pipe Permit, but Allows a Do-Over

A map showing the route of the Northeast Supply Enhancement project’s Raritan Loop pipeline (Photo: Courtesy Williams)

On May 15 New York’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), under the direction of leftist Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo, denied a permit for the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) natural gas pipeline (see NY Gov. Cuomo Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipeline to NYC). Yesterday, the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection, under the direction of leftist Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy, did the same thing.
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NYDEC Declares Rejected NESE Pipe Application Now “Complete”

On May 15 New York’s Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), under the direction of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, denied a permit for the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) natural gas pipeline (see NY Gov. Cuomo Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipeline to NYC). It’s no secret the denial is political. The DEC claimed there was a “technical issue” with the application. Williams immediately fixed the “error” and refiled on May 17. The DEC has just declared the new application “complete”–meaning they will now reject it for other reasons.
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Court Gives Antis Hope re Forcing FERC to Consider Global Warming

Ever notice how leftists force their will on the American people via leftist judges–because they can’t win at the ballot box? It’s frustrating that we elected President Trump to do a job, and his administration is doing their darnedest, and at every turn there’s a lib Dem judge waiting to make life miserable. Such is the case with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which just rendered a decision (by three Dem-appointed leftist judges) in an Appalachian pipeline lawsuit that is actually a win for the pipeline–but also a warning shot that the lib Dem judges want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to bow to their demands that FERC consider mythical man-made global warming when evaluating future pipeline projects.
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Bucks County Residents Ramp Up Opposition to Adelphia Compressor

Adelphia Gateway map – click for larger version

Adelphia Gateway, a plan to convert an old oil pipeline stretching from Northampton County, PA through Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties, terminating in Delaware County at Marcus Hook, is close to receiving final approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The project recently received approval from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP).
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Feds Plan to Lock Up Pipeline Protesters Who Break the Law

We’ve said, for years, that it’s just fine to be a clueless idiot and protest pipelines, fracking, drilling, fossil fuels–whatever. BUT, protesting doesn’t give you the right to illegally block a legal activity, like building (or operating) a pipeline, drilling a shale well, etc. Irrational anti-fossil fuelers are trying to excuse their illegal, anarchist behavior by claiming it’s somehow free speech or freedom of expression. WRONG. And now, the federal government is in the process of revising its criminal guidelines to ensure such behavior sees jail time and stiff fines.
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PA Shuts Down 2 NatGas Pipes in Clarion County Following Explosion

Last Tuesday evening a 68-year-old woman was home in her bed in Clarion County, PA when she heard an explosion and a wall collapsed on her. She freed herself from the rubble and drove to a neighbor’s house for assistance. The home, a garage and greenhouse were all destroyed as a result of the explosion and fire. The cause? Natural gas “migrating” in the basement of the home. A local delivery pipeline and a nearby transmission pipeline were both taken out of service while the PA Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) investigation unit takes a look at the cause.
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Dominion Pipeline to Feed Western PA NatGas to OH Power Plant

We’re always delighted to share news of a “new” pipeline project in the Marcellus/Utica. This particular project from Dominion Energy, tiny compared to most, its unusual in that it will flow natural gas from western PA into Ohio to feed a new natural gas-fired electric plant. You don’t often see gas from PA flow to Ohio for local use. Kind of a “man bites dog” story.
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NY DEC Asks Federal Court to Overturn FERC Approval of NY Pipe

Last August the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a decision overruling the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow National Fuel Gas Company’s Northern Access Pipeline project to proceed (see Big News: FERC Overrules NY DEC to Approve Northern Access Pipe). The DEC subsequently asked FERC to reconsider the decision. FERC did, and ruled in April that they were right the first time–the DEC forfeited the right to issue permits for the project by taking too long (see FERC Overrules NY DEC on Northern Access Pipeline Rehearing). The DEC has just appealed FERC’s ruling to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
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