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National Fuel Gas asks US for more time to complete Northern Access natgas pipe

Power News - Published on Fri, 30 Nov 2018

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Economic Times reported that National Fuel Gas Co asked federal regulators to extend the amount of time available to complete the company's Northern Access natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York. The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved construction of the 99-mile (159-kilometer) project in February 2017. FERC gave NFG two years - until February 2019 to complete the project.

In a filing on Monday, NFG requested FERC give the company three more years - until February 2022 - to complete the USD 500 million project.

The FERC approval required NFG to obtain other approvals needed to build the project including a water quality certification from New York state.

NFG has argued in state and federal courts and before the FERC that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation "purposefully delayed" granting the water quality certification.

FERC agreed in August 2018 and found the NYSDEC waived its authority to issue a water quality certification after the state took more than a year to deny the permit in April 2017.

Ms Erica Ringewald, spokeswoman for the NYSDEC, said in an email that "(NYSDEC) is taking all appropriate legal action to defend our sensible decision, and will continue to strongly and forcefully defend our authority to protect New York's water quality resources.”

Ms Ringewald said the state based its denial on a determination the project would have adverse impacts on waterbodies, fish and other wildlife habitat.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Fri, 30 Nov 2018
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