“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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NY Islanders Break Ground for $1.3B Arena…with No Gas Heat?

We have a bona fide mystery on our hands–a mystery that may signal a happy ending for the Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project getting approved. One of the first statements (threats) utility company National Grid made in relation to NESE is that if NESE, a Williams Transco Pipeline project meant to increase pipeline capacity and flows heading into northeastern markets, including to Long Island doesn’t happen, National Grid will not connect natural gas to a new $1.3 billion stadium complex on Long Island to host the New York Islanders hockey team (see Cuomo’s Catch-22: No New NatGas Pipe? No New Long Island Arena). The company building the new arena recently began to clear the site for construction.
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Why NY is Doomed without Constitution, Other NatGas Pipelines

We recently spotted a column on the Forbes website by one of our favorite authors, Jude Clemente, under the title that “Gov. Cuomo Should Support The Constitution Natural Gas Pipeline.” Well, of course he should! We’ve argued that for years. In digging into the article, we found Clemente uses facts and figures to build his case for *why* Cuomo should support it–indeed, why it would be stark…raving…mad not to support it. For example, did you know that natural gas is the main source of energy in NY–double that of gasoline? Who knew?!
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FERC Democrats Mad at Cuomo re Constitution Pipeline

Just prior to taking a long Labor Day holiday weekend, MDN brought you news that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has overruled New York State to allow the Constitution Pipeline to move forward with construction (see Victory! FERC Overrules NY DEC to Allow Constitution Pipeline). We missed a small but important part of the story–the fact that all four FERC commissioners, two Republicans and two Democrats, voted to overrule NY. FERC is teed off at Andrew Cuomo and this decision slaps him around.
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NY DEC Will “Fight” FERC over Constitution Pipeline Decision

You can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. Last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled that the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) took too long to deny a federal Clean Water Act “Section 401” water crossing permit for the Williams Constitution Pipeline project (see Victory! FERC Overrules NY DEC to Allow Constitution Pipeline). Meaning the project is now back on, approved by FERC itself. As we predicted, the DEC, thoroughly corrupted and politicized by Cuomo himself, says it will “fight” FERC’s ruling.
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Andrew Cuomo Turns Mobster – Threatens to Replace National Grid

Andrew Cuomo, so-called governor of New York State (more like a ruling mob boss), is feeling the heat from HIS decision to block the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline from getting built to provide more gas to the New York City region. Because of HIS decision, National Grid, one of two natural gas utility companies for NYC and Long Island, has slapped a moratorium on all new customers of any kind from being added to the gas delivery system. If they add new customers, they run the risk of running out of gas during peak usage times in the winter. Cuomo is now threatening to replace National Grid as the utility supplier, displaying true mob boss-like behavior.
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Mass. Regulator Blames Cuomo for Blocking Pipelines to New England

In what we would say is an unusual, very public rebuke of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the former chairperson of the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities says that Cuomo is to blame for a near-emergency situation in New England during the winter of 2017/2018 when the region was within two days of a massive blackout due to lack of electricity. The lack of electricity is because New England doesn’t have enough natural gas to feed power plants during critical load periods.
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NYC Dems Blame National Grid Instead of Cuomo for Gas Mortatorium

How dumb must you be to not understand that if there’s not enough gas supply, you can’t hook up new customers to the distribution grid? Yet some New York City legislators, 17 of them, are vilifying National Grid, one of NYC’s two main natural gas utilities, because National Grid continues to deny new customers who want gas service to be hooked up. It’s clearly Andrew Cuomo’s fault–he denied permission to build a pipeline to bring new supplies of gas to the region. Yet the legislators close ranks for this putz and blame the company that can’t get those new supplies. Some of these same legislators OPPOSE the pipeline! Yet they want more natgas. What kind of mental gymnastics does that require?
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Lansing NatGas Moratorium Preview of What’s Coming for All NYers

In Lansing, NY, just outside of Planet Ithaca in Tompkins County, the local utility (NYSEG) wanted to build a short pipeline in 2017 to supply new customers with natural gas, but was blocked by crazies who irrationally hate fossil fuels (see Lansing NY Officials Fight Back Against Tinfoil Hat Fossil Fuel Haters). The pipeline was never built and since that time businesses and homeowners who wanted to build in the town have gone elsewhere. There’s the unmistakable stench of economic death in the air around Lansing (see Natgas Customer Moratorium Killing Ithaca Suburb of Lansing, NY). The kooks and quacks in town are now promoting electric heat pumps as the solution to the town’s problems.
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National Grid Goes on Offense, Runs Radio Ad to Approve NESE Pipe

In May, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo instructed his corrupt Dept. of Environmental Conservation to deny a Clean Water Act “Section 401” water permit for Williams’ Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline project (see NY Gov. Cuomo Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipeline to NYC). NESE would bring critically needed new supplies of Marcellus gas to NYC and Long Island. National Grid, the local utility that supplies natgas to all of Long Island and part of NYC, last week went on the offensive with a new radio ad to pressure Cuomo to change his mind.
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Cuomo DEC Once Again Denies Northern Access Pipe Permit

Once again the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC), a corrupt political tool in the hands of an autocratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, has issued a denial of a federal Clean Water Act Section 401 water crossing permit for the National Fuel Gas Company’s Northern Access Pipeline project. Fortunately, DEC’s rejection doesn’t mean a hill of beans since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) overruled the DEC last year.
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EPA Issues Proposed New Rule for Section 401 Water Permits

In April President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) 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). In keeping with the EO, last Friday EPA issued a draft new rule (copy below) tightening up standards used in Section 401, creating new boundaries so states like New York and Washington can’t continue to “color outside the lines” by rejecting pipelines for political reasons, as they have both done.
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Cuomo Turns State DPS on National Grid for Gas Hookup Moratorium

Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, is a vicious politician. He operates much like a mafia boss. Case in point: Cuomo refuses to allow a new pipeline to be built to the New York City (and Long Island) region, called the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project (see NY Gov. Cuomo Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipeline to NYC). National Grid, which supplies natural gas to part of New York City and all of Long Island, needs new supplies of gas from that line.
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Long Island Community Rallies Against Cuomo Pipeline Ban

Lynbrook, NY

There’s one municipality on Long Island that is not taking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) pipeline ban lying down. Political and business leaders from the Village of Lynbrook (Nassau County, Long Island) rallied earlier this week to say the “feud” between Cuomo and utility company National Grid, which has put a moratorium on any new natgas customer hook-ups, is “absolutely, unconditionally unacceptable” and is causing the village “great harm.”
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Landowners Continue to Push NY to Allow Propane Fracking

A small group of New York landowners in Tioga County, NY continue to pressure the New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow them to drill and frack a single Utica well using LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas (i.e. propane). The DEC under the direction of Andrew Cuomo continues to purposely drag its feet in approving the project. The landowners are not giving up and hope to prove that fracking in NY can happen. They’re keepin’ the dream alive.

8/7/19 UPDATE: Big Green groups are petrified NY will allow this test and have submitted a bullying letter to the DEC opposing it. See the letter below.
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