FERC rules in favor of natural gas pipeline project

(WKBW) - A proposal that would build a natural gas pipeline through Western New York just got a big boost. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled against the DEC and in favor of the National Fuel project Monday. The pipeline would supply natural gas to Western New York, from northern Pennsylvania through Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie County. 

In a statement sent to 7 Eyewitness News, a spokesperson says that National Fuel is "pleased with yesterday's ruling which removes a major barrier for an important project that will provide consumers with increased access to abundant energy supplies, while also improving reliability and resiliency of the energy grid."

The statement also went on to say that National Fuel is committed to the project. National Fuel says that the project would bring 1700 jobs to the area.

The natural gas company is currently reviewing the Northern Access Project and revising their timeline after a "significant delay caused by the actions of the state agency."

The DEC denied National Fuel a permit to build the pipeline back in 2017 saying that the project failed to comply with state and federal water quality standards.

Governor Cuomo also opposed the pipeline, which would have countered his plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fracked gas.

The DEC released this statement in regards to FERC's ruling: 

"DEC ‎disagrees with FERC's decision that sides with the fossil fuel industry over protecting our environment.   DEC's focus is always protecting our environment and water quality for all New Yorkers. DEC will appeal this decision by seeking rehearing and a stay from FERC. If FERC fails to reverse its misguided decision, DEC will appeal to the 2nd Circuit and seek a stay of any construction and continue to vigorously use every legal avenue to protect our state's resources." 

 

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