FERC puts Constitution Pipeline back on track, finding New York waived water authority August 29, 2019

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FERC puts Constitution Pipeline back on track, finding New York waived water authority August 29, 2019

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has found that New York waived its water quality authority for Williams’ Constitution Pipeline, giving new life to a natural gas project stalled since April 2016 when state regulators denied a permit. . . .

The commission, by a 4-0 vote late Wednesday, reversed its earlier finding — that the New York review could not be waived — in light of a recent DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Hoopa Valley v.

FERC. The Hoopa case had involved a hydropower project for which states and PacifiCorp agreed to defer the Clean Water Act’s one-year statutory deadline by annually withdrawing and resubmitting the water permit. . .

FERC rejected arguments from New York and environmental groups that differing circumstances in the Constitution case weighed against granting a waiver. . .

https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/natural-gas/082919-ferc-puts-constitution-pipeline-back-on-track-finding-new-york-waived-water-authority

 

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