Williams Partners NG Pipeline to Move Forward Despite New York’s Objections

New York’s denial of a water quality permit that had blocked Williams Partners natural gas pipeline project was cleared by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The regulators ruled last Wednesday that the state Department of Environmental Conservation missed a one-year deadline when it rejected the permit in 2016.

After New York rejected a water quality permit over concerns for 250 streams, Williams appealed to federal courts. But after losing court challenges, Williams appealed to FERC. The 124-mile, 30-inch-wide pipeline would run from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to eastern New York.

The project still needs a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Williams spokesman Christopher Stockton said. He added that the project sponsors are evaluating their next steps.


U.S. Shale Gas Reaches U.K. for First Time Ever as U.S. Rises as Export Country

Shale gas produced in the U.S. reached Great Britain for the first time ever late last month as the U.S. boosts its exports amid a recent boom in shale gas production.

The U.S. delivered liquefied natural gas on its LNG carrier GALEA from the Gulf of Mexico to the Isle of Grain port in Kent, just east of London. The Isle of Grain Terminal has a capacity of approximately 35 million cubic feet of LNG.

The U.S. transported the gas during a crucial time in the U.K. after Centrica, the British gas owner, announced it would shut down the U.K.'s most important gas storage facility after service of 30 years. The U.K. as a result has become more dependent on long-term supply contracts with other countries.

At the same time, the United States has become a rising export country, now estimated to be exporting 10-12 billion cubic feet per day of LNG by 2020 from exporting nothing in just January of 2016.

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