Constitution Pipeline seeks FERC rehearing

The companies behind the stalled Constitution natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania and New York state have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider an earlier decision to uphold a state denial of a water permit, Kallanish Energy reports.

The request was filed on Monday by Williams, Cabot Oil & Gas, Duke Energy and WGL Holdings.

The companies have said that New York failed to act in a reasonable time on the pipeline application. They want FERC to rule that the New York permit is not needed because of state delays.

On Jan. 11, FERC had rejected the consortium’s request to overturn New York’s denial of the permit that is needed before the $1 billion project can proceed.

Constitution Pipeline Co. has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case.

There is no indication yet as to whether the Supreme Court will hear the case.

Last August, a federal appeals court denied Constitution’s challenge after the New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation had denied the company’s application for water-quality certification.

A rehearing request was denied by the appeals court on Oct. 19.

On Jan. 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission upheld the New York decision.

The company had filed its New York application in April 2013.

In April 2016, New York rejected the application for the project, effectively blocking the pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania into New York to connect to pipelines to New York City and New England.

It would run 121 miles from Dimock, Pa., to Schoharie County in New York. It would transport 650,000 cubic feet of natural gas per day or enough natural gas to heat 3 million houses.

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