Last Permits Issued; Williams Unscrupled

In a resounding testament to the toothlessness of the PA DEP, Williams was granted the three remaining permits. Construction, Williams say, will begin in mid to late October.

From Ad Crable at LancasterOnline:

"The state Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday that it had approved stream crossing and erosion and sedimentation permits for the project. A needed dredging permit was granted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday.

Stockton said Williams would immediately ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for a notice to proceed, which could take several days to two weeks, Stockton said.

FERC approved the 197-mile, $3 billion project on Feb. 3, saying environmental impacts from the project would be in “less than significant levels.”

Much of the project involves a shortcut pipeline to connect the interstate Transco gas pipeline with gas from wells in the Marcellus Shale region of northeastern Pennsylvania. The gas would be sold to markets from New York City to Alabama and for export overseas."

 

Marie Cusick at StateImpact:

“'It’s really unfortunate DEP doesn’t take its mission to protect the environment seriously, as we see in other states, like New York,' she says, referring to that state’s denial of water permits for another Williams pipeline. '[New York is] more interested in the protecting the environment than letting the industry do whatever the hell it wants.'”

 

In a letter to the editor, "Williams has not 'respect and courtesy,'" Malinda Clatterbuck cuts through Williams's saccharine civility:

"You may recall the Constitution Pipeline, a Williams project proposed to carry fracked Marcellus Shale gas from northeast Pennsylvania to New York state. Williams began cutting trees in Pennsylvania last year, even though New York state had not yet approved the water quality permits needed.

The Hollerans, a family in New Milford Township (just north of Scranton), had a maple syrup business. Their property was condemned through eminent domain by federal courts. Williams destroyed 90 percent of their maple trees. U.S. marshals with automatic weapons were brought out. New York refused to issue the permits, and last week a federal court upheld the state’s right to refuse."