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API responds to FERC announcement

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API New York has responded to an announcement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation waived its authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act by failing to act in a timely manner on Millennium’s request for a water quality certification.

“New York is one of the largest consumers of natural gas in the country, and the decision by FERC allowing the Valley Lateral pipeline project to move forward in the permitting process is a win for all who care about affordable energy, jobs and the environment,” said API Executive Director, Karen Moreau.”

New York is the fourth largest consumer of natural gas, with more than 4.4 million New York homes, 398 000 businesses and 6000 industrial consumers of the clean burning, affordable fuel. According to a recent study by ICF International, natural gas supported 152 300 jobs (1.7%) in the state and contributed US$20.19 billion to the state’s economy.

“New pipelines are among the safest forms of energy transportation,” said Moreau. “The increased use of natural gas in places like New York City has led to the cleanest air in decades and there’s even more potential for more positive impacts across the state. None of these tremendous benefits can happen without certainty in the permitting process.”

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