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Peekskill residents file federal brief against Spectra’s AIM pipeline
By Bryan Fumagalli – Peekskill Post
August 8, 2016
On Friday, July 29, a coalition of 21 plaintiffs including local groups Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Lower Hudson, Food & Water Watch NY, Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion (SAPE), and Reynolds Hill, Inc. filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia seeking to overturn the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) March 2015 approval of Spectra Energy Partner’s Algonquin Incremental Markets (AIM) pipeline project. Although many state and local officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both New York Senators and Representatives Nita Lowey and Eliot Engel have come out against the pipeline, so far construction is still moving forward.
“FERC has only rejected one pipeline project in its entire 40-year history,” said Nancy Vann, whose Peekskill property is being taken by eminent domain for the AIM project. “It’s shameful that the public must take a government agency to court in order to make it do its job.”
“Shuttered in the face of strong opposition”,
Industry report on pipeline projects feeling the heat
First NED, Now Constitution. Which Gas Pipeline Is Next?
by BTU Analytics Posted on Seeking Alpha, Aug. 4, 2016
• Both Kinder Morgan’s Northeast Energy Direct and Williams’ Constitution have been shuttered in the face of strong opposition.
• Other greenfield projects are at risk due to right-of-way, permitting, and construction challenges.
• Delays to other greenfield projects will severely limit the Northeast’s ability to grow production.
I don’t spend much time on Twitter, but a trending topic on the social network caught my eye last week: #NEDisDEAD. NED of course refers to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Northeast Energy Direct project and the DEAD to Kinder Morgan’s decision last week to shutter the project. On top of that, we heard the news late last Friday that the NY Department of Environmental Conservation denied Constitution’s stream crossing permit. Limited takeaway capacity constrains the Marcellus and Utica’s ability to grow production, so obviously any cancellation or delay in projects would materially impact our production outlook, right? Not quite.
Industry sources admit to possible pipeline expansion overkill
Too Much Pipe On My Hands? – Marcellus/Utica Takeaway Capacity to New England and the Mid-Atlantic States
by Sheetal Nasta, RBN Energy, 08/04/2016
The Northeast natural gas market in recent years has been defined by its lack of sufficient infrastructure for growing production in the region. Pipeline takeaway capacity constraints have restricted production growth and driven Northeast prices to the lowest in the country. But could that soon change? With drilling activity slowing and 18 Bcf/d of takeaway due in-service over the next few years, is it possible the Northeast takeaway capacity will get overbuilt? Today, we continue our look at how pipeline takeaway capacity will stack up against Northeast production.
The Northeast natural gas market is already unrecognizable from just five years ago, having transformed from a demand market to a full-fledged producing region with more supply than it can store or burn (see see End of the Displacement and One Step Closer). But as we’ve noted in the RBN blogosphere, the region’s transformation is far from complete. Takeaway capacity out of the Marcellus/Utica remains constrained and prices continue to reflect constrained (discounted) pricing, which indicates the region remains out of whack. But starting in 2017, takeaway capacity additions are expected to accelerate with 24 projects scheduled to add 18 Bcf/d of takeaway capacity that will ease the constraints. And, there is substantial demand growth expected downstream from gas-fired power generators, LNG export terminals along the Gulf Coast and still more exports to Mexico. Until now the question has been, will takeaway capacity keep up with production. But with these pipeline projects coming due, the central question has shifted to the opposite: Will production keep up with the takeaway capacity?
Obama instructs FERC to review
climate impacts of pipelines
By Susan Phillips, State Impact – Pennsylvania August 3, 2016
The Obama Administration instructed federal agencies to factor climate change impacts into required environmental reviews of large projects. The White House Council on Environmental Quality released its guidance this week, six years after the original draft proposal. The move clarifies reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under NEPA, projects such as interstate pipelines and LNG export terminals undergo environmental reviews known as environmental impact statements, before gaining federal approval.