FERC approves natural gas pipeline for the Northeast

FERC allays climate change worries to approve pipeline to move natural gas from Pennsylvania to Northeast

by John Siciliano

May 03, 2019

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission managed to allay concerns about greenhouse gas emissions to issue a long-sought permit Friday to build a pipeline to move natural gas from the shale fields of Pennsylvania to utilities in the Northeast.

The regulators issued a 3-1 majority decision with two Republicans and one Democrat voting in favor of Transco's pipeline project to connect New York and points north, furthering President Trump's "energy dominance" agenda.

The two Republicans, Chairman Neil Chatterjee and Commissioner Bernard McNamee, voted in favor of the project’s certificate approval, which looked at a range of environmental factors, but didn't go far enough for Democrats. Yet, despite their differences on the issue of greenhouse gas emissions, they managed to gain the vote of Democratic Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, who concurred in full with the pipeline’s approval.

The administration argues that the pipelines would help displace the use of oil and other dirtier fuels in the Northeast, as the region is one of the nation’s most geographically constrained when it comes to energy. The region resides on the end of the supply chain that feeds the rest of the nation natural gas and other energy commodities.

The president issued an executive order in recent weeks that seeks to override state decisions that use federal clean water permitting decisions to block pipelines. The administration recently proposed a rule to open the door to using rail cars to move natural gas into the region to bypass the pipeline approval process altogether.

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on May 9, 2019 at 10:48am

The Russian Collusion Hypocrisy of Northeast Democrats

Comment by Willem Post on May 6, 2019 at 8:29am

In 2014, Russia supplied 160 bcm to Europe and Turkey

In 2017, Russia’s gas exports to Europe and Turkey rose by 8.1 percent to a record high 193.9 billion cubic metres (bcm), Alexei Miller, head of Gazprom, said in a statement on Wednesday, despite EU efforts to cut its reliance on Russian energy. Germany received 53.4 bcm.


In 2018, Gazprom increased gas exports to non-CIS countries by 3.8% compared with its 2017 exports, to 201.8 bcm.

Gazprom increased its gas production by 5.7% in 2018 when compared to 2017, to 497.6 bcm.


The US supplies about 10 bcm in 2018

Comment by Willem Post on May 4, 2019 at 11:18pm

There will be endless law suits by New York State and Massachusetts to overturn that FERC decision.

Dems are hoping Trump will be gone, and Dems will have control of the House, Senate and the White House.

Dems will take revenge and reinstate Obama’s legacy.

Time to head for the hills.

Comment by arthur qwenk on May 4, 2019 at 7:55am

The "Green New Dream" is a "Dead Old Farce".

"Freeze On" New England? 

Now, will the reality of a real dispatchable dense  fuel source be rejected by  ideological left wing socialists ?

Natural gas , oil,  nuclear and hydro must be utilized to power modernity. 

Bring on the power Maine!

Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."



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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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