CEA’s David Holt weighs in on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation decision to waive authority over whether to issue or deny a water-quality certification for the Millennium natural gas pipeline’s 7.8-mile Valley Lateral in Orange County, NY. The NYSDEC did not act within the federal Clean Water Act’s Section 401 1-year timeframe, the US Federal Energy Regulatory.
In Houston, Consumer Energy Alliance Pres. David Holt noted that a federal appeals court ruled this summer that FERC has the authority to bypass NYSDEC’s denial of stream-crossing permits for the Valley Lateral. “Ironically, state agencies approved the [gas-fired] power plant the pipeline would serve, but not the pipeline itself, leaving no way to actually deliver the energy to families and business,” he said.
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