Radicalized Senator Intros Bill to Ban New Pipelines in Vermont

Radicalized Vermont State Sen. Alison Clarkson

Our use of language and the word radicalized is intentional. In the same way some otherwise peace loving and normal Americans have become radicalized by fringe elements of Islam, it’s also happening in the environmental movement. Otherwise rational people are becoming radicalized–with an irrational, intense hatred against fossil fuels like natural gas. It’s totally bonkers. One of the places it’s happening–Vermont.
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Dominion “Still Committed” to Building Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Dominion Energy’s 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is facing serious delays and cost overruns mainly due to lawsuits brought by Big Green groups (see Dominion Delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline Again – 2018 Update). The project is now delayed until late 2020 for a partial startup, with full service sometime in 2021, and the new price tag has ballooned to $7.5 billion.
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Eco-Terrorism: Fire Set at MVP Site in Virginia, $500K Damage

Caterpillar PL 87 (click for larger version)

More eco-terrorism to report, unfortunately. Someone (not yet arrested, but they’ll be hunted from now until eternity) set fire to construction equipment being used to build the 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP). The construction site is located in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.
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Federal Court Slaps Down NY DEC Rejection of Northern Access Pipe

The New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), thoroughly corrupted by, and a political tool of, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, continues to have a bad week. Monday we told you about a recent court decision that gives new hope for both the Constitution and Northern Access Pipeline projects (see Recent Fed Court Decision Gives NY Pipes Hope for Bypassing Cuomo). A second court decision has just been issued that allows Northern Access to take a huge step forward.
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National Grid Threatens New Gas Customer Moratorium on Long Island

Utility giant National Grid, which services Long Island (part of New York City) with natural gas service, is threatening New York State that if the state does not approve Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project by May 15th, they will, as Consolidated Edison has just done in Westchester County, impose a no-new-natural gas customers moratorium for the New York City area. Which would block development of the new $1 billion Belmont Park Arena.
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WSJ Calls NY Gov. Cuomo’s Pipe Blockade a “Cold Weather Tax”

The pressure is mounting on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with regard to blocking natural gas pipelines. Except now the pressure is coming from the adults in the room who see through Cuomo’s sleazy politics. None other than the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal has ripped into Cuomo, calling his blockade of new pipelines the equivalent of a “cold weather tax”–not only on New Yorkers, but also those living in New England.
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Recent Fed Court Decision Gives NY Pipes Hope for Bypassing Cuomo

A huge crack of sunshine has just shown through the court system with respect to pipeline projects. A case decided on Jan. 25 in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals which technically has nothing to do with either the Williams Constitution Pipeline project nor the National Fuel Gas Company Northern Access Pipeline project (both being blocked by New York State), may be the one court decision to break open the logjam and allow both projects to begin construction.
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Northern Access Pipe Gets 3-Year Extension to Build in NY

Speaking of National Fuel Gas Company’s Northern Access Pipeline project, NFG asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last November to extend the project timeline by an extra three years, to give them more time to fight with Cuomo in court and actually get the pipeline built once lawsuits from the state are exhausted (see NFG Asks FERC for Extra 3 Yrs to Build Northern Access Pipe in NY). Last Thursday FERC granted that request.
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Dominion Delays Atlantic Coast Pipeline Again – 2018 Update

In November, Dominion Energy said that their 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) would be delayed, with a partial startup in 2019 and full startup for everything else in mid-2020 (see Dominion Energy 3Q18: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Delayed to 2020). The company also said the price tag had gone up from $6.5 to $7 billion. Strike all that. Last week Dominion said the startup will now be even later, and the cost even more.
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MI NatGas Compressor Stn Fire Leads to GM, Ford Plant Closures

Last week a pipeline at a single Michigan compressor station caught fire and exploded (see Michigan NatGas Compressor Station Catches Fire, Explodes). That single compressor (single point of failure, as it turns out) is responsible for pumping natgas to two-thirds of Michigan residents, including all those big automobile assembly plants Michigan is famous for.
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Blackstone Buys Controlling Interest in Tallgrass Energy

Tallgrass Energy, builder and operator of the mighty Rockies Express (REX) pipeline which is a critical link that flows Marcellus/Utica gas to Midwestern markets, dropped a bombshell announcement yesterday. The company said that investment firm Blackstone is buying a “controlling” interest in the company. Which raises the question, will Blackstone indeed “control” the company?
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Va. Bill Would Block Atlantic Coast Pipe from Passing Along Costs

Va. Del. Lee Ware

Virginia House of Delegates member Lee Ware, a Republican, has “quietly” introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would block Dominion Energy, builder of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), from passing along costs related to the pipeline to the electric generating plants and their ratepayers that will use the cheap natural gas made available by the pipeline.
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Antis Try to Convince Fed Court to Block Mountain Valley Pipeline

Equitrans’ (EQT Midstream) 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) is now 70% built (see Shocker: Mountain Valley Pipeline Now 70% Built, Online by 4Q19). Even so, radicalized environmental groups are still trying to overturn and block it from beginning service via numerous lawsuits. One lawsuit in particular seeks to emasculate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the process.
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