The tenacity of the Constitution Pipeline folks in not giving up and continuing the good fight is one of the best signs the pipeline industry now gets it.
Seems like a week doesn’t go by that MDN isn’t asked (by someone from Pennsylvania), “Is there any hope of building the Constitution Pipeline through New York?” Our standard response is this: The only way it gets built is: (a) NY elects a new governor favorable to the industry–about a 1% chance of that happening, (b) President Trump issues an Executive Order overriding Cuomo’s blockade of Constitution (and other pipeline projects)–maybe a 10% chance of that happening, or (c) the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reconsiders a decision to not overrule NY’s move to block the project–maybe a 15% chance.
The U.S. Supreme Court in April refused to consider the Constitution Pipeline case, closing that door. In January of this year, FERC turned down Constitution’s request to overrule NewYork. But then Constitution (i.e. Williams) asked FERC to reconsider their ruling, to “rehear” the case as it’s called, in February. In March, FERC gave themselves a little more time to think about rehearing the decision, but since that time, the agency has been silent.