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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FERC Launches Investigation into Overcharging by Stagecoach Pipe

In 2016 Crestwood Equity Partners formed a joint venture with New York City’s largest utility company, Consolidated Edison Inc., to operate a critical link of pipelines and storage facilities in the heart of the Utica/Marcellus, called Stagecoach Gas Services (see Con Ed & Crestwood Seal the Deal on Marcellus Pipeline/Storage JV). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has launched an investigation into the fees charged by that service, which may now be too high following the Trump tax cuts.
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Cuomo’s $250M Bribe Didn’t Work, Westchester Under Gas Moratorium

On Friday MDN told you that Consolidated Edison’s deadline to apply to be added as a natural gas customer in Westchester County had arrived (see Moratorium on New Gas Hookups in Westchester County Begins Today). We also told you about a last minute “program” (i.e. bribe) of $250 million of state taxpayer money that could be used in Westchester to hopefully convince Con Ed to not go forward with their new customer moratorium. The bribe didn’t work.
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Moratorium on New Gas Hookups in Westchester County Begins Today

Today is the last day for customers who want to apply to be added to Consolidated Edison’s natural gas delivery system in Westchester County, NY to apply. There’s no guarantee if they do apply they’ll be accepted, but after today new applications to get gas service will automatically go on a waiting list. That is, the moratorium on new customers in Westchester essentially begins NOW, today–thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s policies in prohibiting new natural gas pipelines.
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Analyzing the Court Decision that May Allow Constitution Pipeline

In February MDN told you about an important decision by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals that has the potential to override New York State and allow both the Constitution Pipeline and Northern Access Pipeline projects to get built (see Recent Fed Court Decision Gives NY Pipes Hope for Bypassing Cuomo). The Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC decision is still causing shock waves–especially among Big Green groups. We have some analysis below of that decision and how states like NY may now behave in light of the decision.
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NY, New England Blocking Pipes Causes Environmental Destruction

Russia’s Yamal LNG plant in the Arctic

The leftists who run states like New York and Massachusetts are arrogant snobs. And pretty stupid to boot. They pretend (maybe even believe) they’re saving the planet by blocking natural gas pipelines into and through their respective states. Like most faulty leftist thinking, they actually make the problem worse–they are harming the planet–with their policies and actions. How? A guest post by attorney Dan Markind (Flaster Greenberg PC) explains.
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FERC Approves Empire Pipe Request for 2 New Compressors in PA, NY

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Well well well–this news is sure to ruin the day of irrational fossil fuel haters in New York and Pennsylvania. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last week approved a request by National Fuel Gas Company subsidiary Empire Pipeline to build two new compressor stations along the Empire Pipeline–one in Tioga County, PA, the other in Ontario County, NY, to flow an extra 205 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of yummy fracked PA gas into the Empire State (don’t tell Cuomo).
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The Battle for NESE Pipeline in NY – NatGas Shortages Loom

Williams is in the fight of its life to get New York State to approve its Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) project (see Cuomo-Corrupted DEC Denies Permit for Williams NESE Pipe Project). There are a number of components to the project, but the key component, the heart of the project, is a new 23-mile pipeline from the shore of New Jersey into (on the bottom of) the Raritan Bay in NY territorial waters–running parallel to the existing Transco pipeline, before connecting to the Transco offshore.
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CNG Trailer Rolls Over in Upstate NY, Closes Interstate

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A tractor trailer hauling CNG (compressed natural gas) overturned Sunday morning on Interstate 88 near Cobleskill in Schoharie County, closing the Interstate for a few hours. This is one of those “virtual pipelines” we’ve written plenty about (see our stories here).

3/8/19 UPDATE: The driver fell asleep at the wheel causing the crash. See below.
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Exciting! DC Circuit Passes Constitution Pipe Case Back to FERC

You can feel the excitement and anticipation building. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Constitution Pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania into central New York in 2014, more than four years ago. This year, 2019, may be the year construction finally begins–and the year antis who have fought this pipeline every inch of the way finally LOSE.
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Cuomo Banning 3,500 MW of Electric Generation w/No Replacement

NY Gov. Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pulling another boner. Under Cuomo’s direction, the state Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued new draft regulations aimed at shutting down most of the state’s “peaker plants”–small electric generating plants that produce electricity for brief periods during high demand. The plants are powered by nasty, filthy fossil fuels and that, according to Lord Cuomo, must end.
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FERC Signals it May Overrule NY to Allow Constitution Pipe

The light at the end of the tunnel for Constitution Pipeline just got brighter. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to pass the ball back to them so they can reconsider whether or not to overrule New York State’s blockage of a permit for the Constitution. FERC’s action signals they may be ready to rule against NY and allow Constitution to begin construction.
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