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FERC approves gas pipeline from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2014 12:37 am
[caption id="attachment_37111" align="alignright" width="330"]The proposed natural gas Constitution Pipeline would passes west of the WGXC listening area. The proposed natural gas Constitution Pipeline (red line) would passes west of the WGXC listening area. Image from Constitution Pipeline website.[/caption]

Scott Waldman in Capital New York reports that on Oct. 24 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) said the Constitution Pipeline will cause minimal environmental damage along its 124 miles from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to Schoharie County. FERC released the final environmental impact statement for the project, saying, "the Projects would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels.” Williams, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc. and WGL Holdings Inc. Company hope to start building the pipeline next year and have already moved much of the pipe in to New York. Once operational, the 30-inch pipeline could move 650 million cubic feet of natural gas a day, enough to power about six million homes, according to the companies involved. New York state officials now need to approve the project for the pipeline to proceed, and while the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a history of dragging its feet on any decision releated in any way to high-impact hydraulic fracturing, in this case Williams has spent more than $100,000 lobbying state officials in the first half of this year in hopes of excavating soon. Read the full story in Capital New York.