Bulldozers have already cleared a swath through Pennsylvania for the interstate Constitution Pipeline, which is planned to ship natural gas 125 miles to energy-hungry New York City and New England from Marcellus Shale deposits in northeastern Pennsylvania. But work stalled at the New York border last year, when that state’s Department of Environmental Conservation denied a necessary permit for the project.Not being a resident of New York, I don't care if they choose to freeze, as long as they don't then try to move down here.
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The pipeline’s developer, a consortium of energy companies led by The Williams Co. Inc., has filed a lawsuit challenging the denial. The case, now pending before the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is being closely watched as a bellwether that might influence other pipeline disputes.
Amid a nationwide boom in natural gas production, pipelines to transport the fuel to lucrative markets are being proposed and built all across the six-state Chesapeake Bay watershed. The projects are running into fierce, though mostly futile, resistance from environmentalists, farmers and other landowners.
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“New York is fourth in the nation for natural gas use,” said Williams spokesman Christopher Stockton. “There has been tremendous support for this project. New York’s Southern Tier needs this opportunity.”
The pipeline would move 650 dekatherms of Marcellus gas, enough to power 3 million homes, Stockton said. Taps along the pipeline are being installed for local communities to use and for two of the largest employers in the area to access the gas.
Friday, July 21, 2017
New York Prepares to Freeze in the Winter
While other states go along, NY says no to gas pipelines