On January 21, the US. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 161, known as the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. The resolution directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve or deny pipeline projects within 12 months after receiving a complete application.
Though Dominion Resources intended for its second open house event in Nelson County to be much like the first one held in September, those who attended had a few surprises in store at the Jan. 14 meeting.
Three separate times during the evening, groups in opposition of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would run about 35 miles through Nelson sang “We Don’t Want Your Pipeline” by Robin and Linda Williams and “We Shall Overcome.”
“We felt the songs would well-express our passion and solidarity in opposing the proposed pipeline,” said Free Nelson organizer Marion Kanour.
In 2013, FERC began evaluating Spectra Energy’s proposal which would increase pipeline capacity to deliver gas to New England markets and include a new crossing of the Hudson River. It would also modify six existing compressors and build three new metering and regulating stations.
FERC Commissioners still have to make a final decision, but in recent years the agency has never failed to approve a major infrastructure project.
Washington, DC – In a bold moment of non-violent coordinated efforts, 16 members of the climate, energy, environmental, social, and ecological justice community coalition Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) successfully disrupted the monthly “business-as-usual” Commissioner’s Meeting at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
After all of the commissioners and attendees were seated, following industry representatives and other officials patting each other on the backs and acknowledging the relationships that FERC’s commissioners have enjoyed with profit-obsessed corporate entities for many uncontested decades, members of BXE rose together to stand among the audience.
Note: For additional coverage of the protesters at the FERC Commissioners’ meeting, see RTOInsider
Today the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation announced it is seeking public comments on the Draft State Permit Applications for proposed construction of the Interstate Constitution Pipeline. Public comments will be accepted through Jan. 30, 2015
The public is invited to comment on permit applications the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) received for the proposed, federally regulated Constitution Pipeline and an upgrade to the Iroquois Wright Compressor station in Schoharie County that is part of the project.