FERC Pipeline Decision Will Be Challenged by New York Agency

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent decision to allow construction of a 125-mile-long natural gas pipeline that would stretch from northern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, west of Albany, will be challenged by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the FERC decision sides with the fossil fuel industry over protecting the environment. But the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based pipeline firm says that the 30-inch-wide pipeline would have the capacity to serve 3 million homes and can help stabilize New York energy prices.

Environmentalists claim these lines will only serve to further the dependence on fossil fuels. The Army Corp of Engineers must approve plans before construction begins.


Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Receives Construction Approval from FERC

Transco’s Northeast Supply Enhancement project received approval for construction from FERC. The pipeline expansion project will carry natural gas from the shale fields of Pennsylvania to New York, and will expand on the company’s existing pipeline infrastructure in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

The project will add approximately 36 miles of new pipeline and add two new natural gas compressors at exiting compressor stations. The NSE project will replace the use of 900 thousand barrels of heating oil annually in the region with 400,000 dekatherms per day of natural gas by converting about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in the Northeast.

By displacing oil with cleaner burning natural gas, the project would result in the reduction of a variety of air pollutants in the region and could result in lower greenhouse gas emissions overall, since natural gas emits less carbon dioxide than oil on a volume basis when burned.

“After carefully balancing the need for the project and its environmental impacts, I find the project is in the public interest,” Cheryl LaFleur, a Democratic appointee said in her remarks while approving the project’s certificate of construction.


FERC Authorizes William’s Transco Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Project

Northeast Supply Enhancement project – an expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to serve New York markets by Williams got certificate of public convenience and necessity from FERC, the company reported.

National Grid – the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern United States will receive 400,000 dekatherms per day of additional natural gas supply through the Northeast Supply Enhancement project.

With the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, National Grid’s will be able to convert about 8,000 customers per year from heating oil to natural gas in New York City and Long Island, which is critical to keep up with new development in the area.

Williams anticipates beginning construction on the Northeast Supply Enhancement project facilities in the fall of 2019, following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

“Natural gas is a critical component of the mix of energy sources necessary to meet the region’s growing energy needs and to help meet its aggressive clean air goals,” said Williams Chief Operating Officer Michael Dunn.

“NESE will provide access to critical supply to serve our customers in New York City and on Long Island, ensuring there is enough natural gas for them to heat their homes and run their businesses,” said National Grid New York President John Bruckner.


FERC Allows National Fuel Pipeline Project to Cross Stream

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has overruled the New York State Department of Environment Conservation’s (DEC) decision to deny National Fuel’s $455 million Northern Access Pipeline project from stream-crossing.

The FERC said in a Tuesday statement that it was pleased with the ruling and will start to develop a revised timeline for the project as well as a review of other relevant permits.

Opponents of the pipeline have been against the project since the beginning stages, and expected a different outcome based on previous FERC rulings of similar state-level decisions on waterways.

National Impact has hailed the project’s economic impact and its role in creating jobs as well as raising property tax assessments. The company also said that the project would open up critical new capacity to the northeastern United States.

Other lawsuits remain, and observers of the project believe that there are still a few hurdles that need to be addressed prior to continuing construction.

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Federal Regulators Give Millennium Valley NatGas Pipeline Approval to Begin Service

U.S. federal regulators on Monday gave the Millennium Valley lateral natural gas pipeline project in New York the green light to begin service.

The 0.13 bcfd pipeline built by Millennium Pipeline will connect Competitive Power Venture’s (CPV) 680-megawatt Valley Energy Center, which entered service in February using diesel as a backup until gas became available.

The plant is one of several that is currently being built in New York in order to replace generation that will be lost from Entergy Inc’s 2.051-megawatt Indian Point facility after the two reactors are retired in 2020 and 2021.

Despite the pipeline being relatively small in size, it received a lot of attention after the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) found that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) waived its authority to provide a water quality certification in September 2017. Under the Clean Water Act, a certification is required by stature within one year.


Constitution Pipeline Company Appeals New York Rejection of Water Permit

New York-based Constitution Pipeline Company last Monday appealed the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s rejection of a water permit, the last obstacle to finalizing the 124-mile natural gas pipeline that would stretch from Pennsylvania to New York and New England.

Halting this pipeline project puts the future of the $875 million project at stake and could also be indicative to other projects that are in line for the New York area.

The gas market is keeping close watch on the future of Constitution’s pipeline project as analysts report delays to the project could possibly cut U.S. output more than what is expected.

New York grassroots group Stop The Pipeline opposes the project, saying the pipeline would cross through a sensitive watershed area. Supporters of Constitution Pipeline argue that natural gas is integral to the area, will supply millions of homes, and will create over 2,000 jobs.

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