Long Island Dem Senators Break with Cuomo, Urge Pipeline Approval

In New York State it’s not popular–frankly it’s not safe–if you’re a Democrat who opposes mob boss Andrew Cuomo for any reason/any issue. Yet six Long Island State Senators, all Democrats, are doing just that. The six sent a letter to Basil Seggos, who runs the Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and does whatever Cuomo tells him to do, asking Seggos to provisionally approve the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project.
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Cabot Pockets $89 Million Profit on Sale of Atlantic Sunrise Pipe

On Monday MDN brought you the news that NextEra Energy, largely a renewables company, has made the bold move of buying 39% of the Central Penn Line, otherwise known as Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project (see NextEra Energy Buys 39% Stake in Atlantic Sunrise Pipe for $1.37B). There is another aspect of that story worth mentioning–an aspect that involves Cabot Oil & Gas and a tidy profit.
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Williams Processing & Fractionation Assets in the Marcellus/Utica

Our friends at RBN Energy launched a new mini-series of blog posts delving into Marcellus/Utica gas processing and fractionation back in August. The first post in the series dealt with an overview of processing and fractionation in the wet gas region–meaning southwest PA, eastern OH, and the northern panhandle of WV (see Overview of Gas Processing & Fractionation in M-U Wet Gas Region). The series continued in September with a look at the major assets owned by MarkWest in the M-U (see MarkWest Continues to Expand NGL Infrastructure in the Wet M-U). And now, in a third installment, RBN takes a look at the mighty Williams and their M-U assets.
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Trump Selects FERC Attorney James Danly as New Commissioner

James Danly

On Monday The White House announced President Trump intends to nominate (which we take to mean he will nominate) attorney James Danly as the third Republican Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Danly is currently FERC’s General Counsel (i.e. main attorney). Danly knows the agency, its work, and its personalities. Who better to appoint? Of course Democrats are already griping and moaning that President Trump should also name a Democrat to the final open seat at the Commission. The Dems argue the two currently open FERC Commissioner seats should be considered together, or not at all. Whatever.
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2 Important Supreme Court Cases with Big Impact on M-U Pipelines

Two very important (perhaps we should say critically important) cases now sit before the U.S. Supreme Court–cases that have a direct bearing on the Marcellus/Utica region. Both cases deal with pipelines. The first case we’ve written about before: Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline case to overturn a nutty decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that judicially creates a new law that pipelines can’t cross under the Appalachian Trail without (no kidding) an Act of Congress. The other case involves the Hoopa Valley Indian Tribe in California–a case that has profound implications for the Constitution Pipeline from Pennsylvania into New York.
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NextEra Energy Buys 39% Stake in Atlantic Sunrise Pipe for $1.37B

Penn Central Line in red (click for larger version)

Some big news to share. NextEra Energy Partners, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy which owns and operates solar and wind projects, as well as natural gas pipelines, announced early this morning they have cut a deal to buy Meade Pipeline Co LLC for $1.37 billion. Meade Pipeline is the name for a joint venture between several companies that own 39.2% of what is called the Central Penn Line pipeline system, otherwise known as Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline–a major new pipeline that has single-handedly lifted the price drillers (and consequently landowners) receive for northeastern PA Marcellus gas.
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PA DEP Gets Ready to Issue 401 Water Cert for Leidy South Pipe

Last December Williams announced its Leidy South Project, a new expansion of the Transco pipeline in Pennsylvania (see Williams Unveils “Leidy South Project” to Expand Transco in PA). In early August Williams officially filed a full application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build Leidy South (see Williams Files Leidy South Project with FERC to Expand PA Transco). However, FERC is not the only agency with a say in whether or not the project moves forward. The Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) must grant Leidy South a federal Clean Water Act Section 401 water/stream crossing permit.
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PA DEP Still Blocking Some Permits to Restart ME2 Pipe Work

Sunoco Logistics Partners, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, is still on the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environment Protection’s (DEP) naughty list. In February, PA Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the DEP to suspend all reviews of clean water permit applications and other pending approvals for ALL of ET/Sunoco’s pipeline projects in the state–including the Mariner East and Revolution pipeline projects. The ban on approving reviews has not yet been lifted and means that in 33 locations across the state (most of them in the Philadelphia area) Sunoco can’t complete underground horizontal direction drilling (HDD) work for its Mariner East pipeline projects.
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Long Island Democrat County Execs Make Case for NESE Pipeline

Not everyone who lives in the Greater New York City area is falling for the bogus line by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he’s not to blame for a natural gas shortage plaguing the region. As we’ve chronicled, endlessly, Cuomo ordered his Dept. of Environment Conservation to reject the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project (see NY Gov. Cuomo Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipeline to NYC). Because of the coming shortage in natgas for the region, National Grid, which supplies about half of NYC and all of Long Island with natgas, refuses to accept new customers (see National Grid Keeps Promise, No New NYC Gas Customers).
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KY Utility Hints at Defunding Local Arboretum Blocking New Pipe

The radical environmental left continues a campaign to deny construction of new pipelines–ANY new oil and gas pipelines–as their way of strangling the use of fossil fuels. Here’s the latest example: Environmentalist wackos at the Bernheim Arboretum (about 25 miles from Louisville, Kentucky) have refused to grant an easement for 4,000 feet of land they bought *after* the Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) already had a state-approved plan to build a new pipeline over that land as part of tiny 12-inch, 12-mile pipeline. The Arboretum’s refusal, along with a few other property owners, means 62 homes and businesses have been denied the right to connect to LG&E’s natgas local utility system.
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PHMSA Issues 3 New Regulations to Beef Up NatGas Pipeline Safety

Detractors of the Trump Administration pretend the only thing the Administration does is “roll back” safety and environmental regulations, lowering protections for citizens, making it more dangerous to live and work anywhere in our great country. In fact the Trump Administration has done an excellent job in correcting some of the wild over-regulation from the Obama Administration. But it’s grossly inaccurate to say the current Administration has only repealed regulations. Case in point: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has just transmitted three significant new final rules (regulations) to the Federal Register that will strengthen the safety of more than 500,000 miles of onshore gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines throughout the U.S.
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Chester County DA Fails to Find ME Pipe Crimes, Files Civil Case

Chester County, PA District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan famously announced to the world last December he would investigate Sunoco Logisitcs and their Mariner East (ME) pipeline projects for “crimes” (see Chester County DA Goes Rogue, Targets ME2 Pipe w/Criminal Probe). After months of investigation, using added fire power (see Chester County DA Gets “Free” Help with ME2 Pipe Criminal Probe), Hogan has come up with…NOTHING. He’s a loser. So to save face, the rogue DA and the guy who is trying to succeed him next (Michael Noone, also a loser) have filed a civil (non-criminal) case against ME for…wait for it…being a “public nuisance.” That’s what happens when a neighbor calls to complain someone is playing music too loud and won’t turn it down. Tell us again Tom & Mike, how “dangerous” that ME project really is.
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East Goshen Denies Sunoco Request to Work on ME2 Pipe 24/7

The town of East Goshen, in Chester County, PA (near Philadelphia) has a noise ordinance in place from 10 pm to 7 am. Sunoco Logisitics, working on installing a section of the Mariner East 2 pipeline through the township, requested an exemption to allow them to work all night long. Their argument is that once you start pulling pipe through the hole you’ve just drilled, you can’t just stop. Last week the town supervisors voted against granting the exception. Shhh, quiet after 10.
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Two Lawsuits Filed Against Enbridge for KY TETCO Pipe Explosion

On August 1, Enbridge’s Texas Eastern Pipeline Company (TETCO) pipeline exploded in Lincoln County, Kentucky–killing one and sending six to the hospital (see TETCO Pipe Explodes in Kentucky Killing 1; Southbound M-U Gas Stops). Since that time one of the three TETCO pipes in the area has returned to service. We’re just now learning that at least two lawsuits have been filed against Enbridge and TETCO–one for wrongful death, the other by a couple severely injured and burned following the incident.
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“Don Corleone” Cuomo Calls Out Utility for Denying Gas Service

New York Gov. Andrew “Don Corleone” Cuomo continues his sleazy vendetta against National Grid, the New York City/Long Island gas utility company that is refusing to connect *new* customers to their natural gas system because Cuomo has denied new sources of natural gas for that system. So far NY media is licking Cuomo’s boots on this issue, publishing sob stories that blame National Grid for the hardships now faced in the region. But residents in NYC and Long Island are not fooled. They see what’s really happening.
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PA Invests $2.8M to Extend NatGas Pipeline Service in 3 Counties

Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Investment Program (or PIPE) grants cover part of the cost of building new natgas pipelines to connect homes and businesses in rural parts of the state to homegrown Marcellus Shale gas supplies. We’ve written about many of the more-than-a-dozen (so far) PIPE grant projects in the past (see our PIPE stories here). Another three such grants, totaling $2.8 million, have just been awarded–in Bradford, Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The big news with this latest round of grants is that they will create over 1,900 jobs!
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