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Ned Lang - President UDRBC

January 23- March 30, 2018 DRBC HEARINGS


The public debut of the UDRBC at the Wayne County Fair was a great success. Our booth, promoting local resources and all forms of energy, was visited by hundreds of fairgoers


Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion: D.C. Court of Appeals Reviews FERC's Approval - The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals addressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“Commission”) approval of a pipeline expansion project (the “Leidy Project”) by Transco (the “Company”) in a May 23rd decision. See Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. FERC, 2017 WL 2231097. The Petitioners, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s (“Riverkeeper”) objection to the Commission’s decision involved the: Natural Gas Act (“NGA”), Clean Water Act (“CWA”), and National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”).

Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report - Virginia Democrats introduce Senate bill - require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to solicit more input from local communities on proposed pipeline projects. The bill would require FERC to hold a public comment meeting in every jurisdiction directly affected by a proposed pipeline, as well as hold meetings during different stages of the permitting process.

Air Source Aggregation: Compression Station and Natural Gas Wells are Not A Single Source in Pennsyl - A Pennsylvania intermediate appellate court held that air emissions from a natural gas gathering system compression station and a natural gas well pad served by that gathering system could not be aggregated for purposes of air emissions permitting because they were owned by different corporations, albeit corporate affiliates

Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Tells Third Circuit, “Don’t Tread on Me” - The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.....held that it has jurisdiction to review actions taken by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“PADEP”) involving interstate natural gas pipelines, despite a 2013 decision issued by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania that held precisely the opposite.

Gas benefits highlighted at forum - The demand for natural gas across the country is expected to increase by 40 percent over the next decade and by even more in Pennsylvania, said Carl Marrara, vice president of government affairs for the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. He said improved infrastructure is needed to move Marcellus Shale gas to manufacturers, but government officials have been holding up the growth.

Governor Wolf Announces $20.7 Million in Approved Funding for Seven Business Development Projects, S - $442,274 grant to Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC, for the extension of a gas line to serve the Borough of Montrose and Township of Bridgewater. The project, with a total estimated cost of $884,548, is anticipated to create 100 jobs and retain 80 jobs.

Delaware Riverkeeper Earning Title As the Biggest Loser - There are few organizations more litigious or nasty than the Delaware Riverkeeper. It’s earning a reputation as the “biggest loser” with the Federal Courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit slapped down THE Delaware Riverkeeper in yet another crushing defeat for the virulent anti-fossil fuel organization (and mouthpiece for the William Penn Foundation, its main funder). Even though Williams’ Transco Leidy Southeast expansion project went online some 18 months ago, Riverkeeper sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) some 14 months ago over its approval of the project.

Sunoco’s Eminent Domain Rights for Mariner East 2 - The court determined that Sunoco provides a public benefit and that its pipeline is a necessary accommodation within the public’s interest. Further, because the pipeline will provide both an intrastate and interstate service, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has regulatory jurisdiction over that portion of the pipeline to be used for intrastate commerce.

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