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Bill to Fast Track Pipeline Approvals Might Affect West Virginia

At a community meeting in Union, W.Va. last November, a hundred citizens voiced their concerns for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.

By Roxy Todd, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

In West Virginia, there are at least two major pipeline projects in the pre-filing stage with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline will each go through environmental analysis and a public comment period before being approved or denied by the Federal Government. Tamara Young Allen, spokesperson with FERC, says this process normally takes 12-18 months. Continue reading Bill to Fast Track Pipeline Approvals Might Affect West Virginia

Nelson County Residents Greet Dominion With “We Don’t Want Your Pipeline!”

Karen Grecus holds signs at last week’s open house meeting at Nelson County High School/Photo by Lee Luther Jr.
Karen Grecus holds signs at last week’s open house meeting at Nelson County High School/Photo by Lee Luther Jr.

By Rachael Smith, Nelson County Times

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.

Also new at the meeting, held at Nelson County High School, was the presence of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Continue reading Nelson County Residents Greet Dominion With “We Don’t Want Your Pipeline!”

FERC Puts Stamp of Approval on Algonquin Pipeline Expansion

Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Rally, October 25, 2014/Photo Jim Alcorn for The Journal News
Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Rally, October 25, 2014/Photo Jim Alcorn for The Journal News

By Anne Meador, Cetology

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a positive Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Algonquin Incremental Market project on January 23, 2015. The project includes 37.4 miles of natural gas pipeline in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

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.

The advocacy group Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE) describes the project as a “high pressure large 42” diameter transmission pipeline near Indian Point… at least 200% larger in capacity than the current pipe.” Continue reading FERC Puts Stamp of Approval on Algonquin Pipeline Expansion

FERC Commissioners’ Meeting Disrupted

Photo by Erik McGregor
Photo by Erik McGregor

By Jimmy Betts, www.popularresistance.org

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

Continue reading FERC Commissioners’ Meeting Disrupted

New York Agency Seeks Public Comments on Constitution Pipeline

By Sue Heavenrich, The Marcellus Effect

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.

The 30-inch Constitution Pipeline is a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that would traverse 124 miles though Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties, transporting 650,000 dekatherms of gas per day – enough to serve approximately 3 million homes. Continue reading New York Agency Seeks Public Comments on Constitution Pipeline