Recent rumblings from Williams suggests there’s still lots of life left in the Constitution Pipeline, especially now that a FERC quorum has been restored.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) caved to corrupt political pressure from Andrew Cuomo in April, 2016 and denied the Williams Constitution Pipeline a necessary federal 401 w..., blocking the project. At that moment, DEC stepped off a cliff. It’s been a long, slow process, but we’ve watched the agency fall ever since. And now, it will soon hit the bottom.
DEC was dead (metaphorically) the moment it issued its denial. It was a foregone conclusion the illegal action would not stand—that DEC would eventually be superseded and their role in permitting such projects would be stripped away.
But, you have to remember those were heady days for the fractivist left, when Cuomo was full of himself and the future seemed certain that the hapless Hillary would win the White House and further corrupt federal agencies like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that oversees projects like the Constitution Pipeline.
Then, the unthinkable happened. Hillary lost. And, now Cuomo and his corrupted DEC have no backstop at the federal level. Last week on a conference call to discuss second quarter earnings, Williams CEO Alan Armstrong responded to a question about the long-stalled Constitution Pipeline. He said Williams is working with The White House to get the Constitution project back on track. Reading between the lines, Williams is asking The White House to ask FERC to overrule the NY DEC and grant the stream crossing permits for the project. Armstrong now says he believes it will get built, and will be up and running, sometime in the second quarter of 2019.