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FERC denies requests to rehear approval of Millennium Pipeline project

WASHINGTON – The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Thursday, denied requests for the agency to rehear its November 28, 2017 authorization for Millennium Pipeline Company to construct and operate pipeline, compression, and ancillary facilities in Orange, Sullivan, Delaware and Rockland counties.

The project is designed to provide 223,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service from Millennium’s Corning compressor station to an existing interconnect with Algonquin Gas Transmission in Ramapo.

On December 1, 2017, Delaware Riverkeeper Network requested a rehearing and on December 19, 2017, Pramilla Malick of Protect Orange County filed a request for a hearing claiming the Eastern System upgrade is an illegally segmented component of the Valley Lateral project, the Minisink compressor station, all to serve the CPV power plant in Wawayanda.

Both were denied and dismissed.

The pipelines are presently under construction.

Delaware Riverkeeper Maya van Rossum believes FERC intentionally drags its feet on making rulings such as these.

“We, in fact believe, it is a strategy by FERC to put people in this legal limbo so that the pipeline project can advance through eminent domain, can advance through construction, to the point where even when successful no judge would require the project to be pulled out of the ground,” van Rossum said.

As for Malick’s request for a rehearing on FERC’s decision, the agency said she only submitted one page and provided no specifics to back up her request.

 


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