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  1. PennEast gas pipeline in a tailspin of delay and uncertainty

    According to ReThink Energy NJ, PennEast 's proposed pipeline project in NJ and PA is considerably delayed in gaining necessary approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state agencies, affected by the trend of beleaguered gas pipeline projects throughout the U.S., and widespread, growing opposition by legislators, regulatory agencies and the public. FERC recently announced a schedule that delays its review of the project by as much as a year. In a press release on April 4, 2016, PennEast acknowledged the delay, stating: "Based on a preliminary review, PennEast anticipates an in-service date in the second half of 2018 rather than late 2017." FERC continues to request missing information from PennEast needed to complete the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). FERC's most recent request made on June 3 rd highlights missing alternatives analyses and surveys of critical wildlife habitats. "Highly relevant to PennEast's problem-ridden application is the fact that multiple natural gas infrastructure projects have faced unprecedented regulatory problems in recent months," said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation. "We believe these issues signal a change in the regulatory fabric of the natural gas industry, which will impact the PennEast project." Recent examples of delayed and halted gas pipeline projects include: Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and associated gas pipeline was rejected by FERC in March. In April, Kinder Morgan withdrew their Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline application with FERC due to opposition and insufficient demand. Also in April, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) denied the 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline because the pipeline would violate the water quality standards required by the federal Clean Water Act. NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) review of the final section of the Transco Leidy Line is significantly delayed due to pending litigation over impacts to streams and wetlands and an outstanding contested permit. PennEast's proposed pipeline faces significant regulatory uncertainty, for example: In a November 2015 letter to FERC, NJDEP stated that it would not accept an incomplete application and that the timeline included in PennEast's application to FERC "does not appear to be attainable." With NJ landowners denying access to more than 70% of the land along the proposed route, the company cannot complete its NJDEP application without exercising eminent domain. Even if PennEast is granted eminent domain power, the earliest it could start collecting the missing survey data is March 2017. In an April letter to PennEast, the PA Department of Environmental Protection indicated that PennEast's permit applications are "incomplete", citing a host of missing information. They gave PennEast until June 25 to provide the information or the application would be considered withdrawn. In April, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) stated it will hold independent hearings on PennEast in 2017, posing an additional hurdle for PennEast. "PennEast is facing enormous opposition and is under intense scrutiny by regulatory agencies and the public," Gilbert said. "The problems they've encountered thus far indicate that PennEast could be the next pipeline to go down."

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    Fri, 10 Jun 2016

  2. FERC timeline delays PennEast pipeline project

    A timeline just released by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) sets back the possible FERC approval of the PennEast pipeline by at least seven months, according to Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation. 

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    Thu, 31 Mar 2016

  3. PennEast Pipeline files FERC application to proceed with pipeline construction

    PennEast is requesting that FERC issue a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, which would authorize PennEast to construct, install, own, operate and maintain the approximately 118-mile, 36-inch diameter PennEast Pipeline.

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    Fri, 25 Sep 2015

  4. PennEast files formal application with FERC

    PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC submitted its application on Sept. 24 to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a permit to proceed with construction of the proposed PennEast Pipeline.

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    Sat, 26 Sep 2015

  1. Spectra becomes newest member in PennEast Pipeline project

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    Thu, 30 Oct 2014

  2. PennEast to build $1-billion Marcellus pipeline

    PennEast Pipeline Co. LLC plans to construct a $1-billion, 100-mile pipeline extending from Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania to Transco’s Trenton-Woodbury interconnection in New Jersey.

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    Tue, 12 Aug 2014

  3. Regulators urged to move faster on Pennsylvania pipeline projects

    Three Pennsylvania trade associations called on federal and state regulators to move more quickly on their reviews of proposed natural gas pipelines in the commonwealth. Prolonged delays of decisions could hurt not only producers unable to get their gas and gas liquids to markets, but also local ...

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    Fri, 30 Sep 2016

  4. Hundreds march to protest proposed natural gas pipeline

    Several hundred protesters turned out Saturday to march across the Delaware River in opposition to a proposed 114-mile pipeline that would shuttle natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

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    Mon, 24 Aug 2015

  5. Spectra and NU grow alliance for Access Northeast project

    Spectra Energy Corp., Spectra Energy Partners, and Northeast Utilities report that their Access Northeast project has formed an alliance with Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP to provide New England with additional access to natural gas supplies.

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    Tue, 9 Dec 2014

  6. Crestwood concludes non-binding open season for MARC II pipeline

    Crestwood Midstream Partners LP reports that its subsidiary, Central New York Oil & Gas Co. LLC (CNYOG), which owns the North-South and MARC I pipelines and the Stagecoach storage facility, has concluded a non-binding open season to solicit interest for firm transportation of natural gas on a ...

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    Tue, 21 Oct 2014