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August 17, 2014

Upland Forest Plan was to be part of DEIS!
June 17, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency submitted comments on the Constitution Pipeline Company's Preliminary Migratory Bird and Upland Forest Plan dated May 2014.

...we also have a major procedural concern in that the Migratory Bird and Upland Forest Plan was not part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement...and therefore did not receive thorough public and agency review and comment."

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THE PEOPLE VERSUS BIG ENERGY
June 2, 2014

New York is just one U.S. state leading grassroots efforts to keep Big-Gas and Big-Oil pipelines from destroying its farms, ranches, forests and state parks. Check out this recent inspiring New York Times story about a group of Nebraska citizens fighting their own pipeline – the Keystone XL.

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EXPORTING FRACKED GAS IS NOT ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
June 1, 2014

Call Governor Cuomo (518-474-8390). Tell him to halt the expanded use of dirty natural gas in New York and to be a leader for clean, alternative energy sources.

LANDOWNERS FLIP THE SCRIPT ON EMINENT DOMAIN
May 29, 2014

Landowners are refusing to sign right-of-way agreements with Constitution Pipeline, instead opting to force the pipeline company to go through eminent domain proceedings if the project is approved. This Public Radio report from early May tells the story.

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FERC FAILS
June 5, 2014

In April, the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the NY State Attorney General’s Office, the NYDEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and other agencies concluded that FERC's DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) was incomplete.

Delays for the Constitution Pipeline
May 23, 2014
Methane Emissions From Gas Wells Up To 1,000 Times Higher Than Federal Estimate: Study

Methane Emissions From Gas Wells Up To 1,000 Times Higher Than Federal Estimate: Study

Town of Davenport RESOLVES to vigorously fight pipeline

HEAR BY RESOLVED, by the Town Board of Davenport, that any action by Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC to route its proposed line through Davenport will meet vigorous opposition to avoid this significant hazard placed within our jurisdiction.

EPA asks FERC to review impacts from increased greenhouse gas emissions

Important story here:  The EPA is asking that FERC review impacts from increased greenhouse gas emissions and impacts which the buildout of increased gas drilling would have if the construction of a LNG export plant were permitted.

(Reuters) - The U.S. environmental regulator has raised concerns that a federal review of Sempra Energy's proposed liquefied natural gas export project did not include an assessment of the potential effects of more natural gas drilling.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued its finding earlier this month. It urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to weigh indirect greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental effects that would flow from the increase in gas drilling needed to support exports from the Cameron plant in Louisiana.

The Department of Energy approved exports from the project in February, but the plant must still get clearances from FERC.

The EPA's assessment is a fresh angle in the long running debate of how much LNG the U.S. should export.

FERC should "consider the extent to which implementation of the proposed project could increase the demand for domestic natural gas extraction, as well as potential environmental impacts associated with the potential increased production of natural gas," the EPA said in response to the commission's draft review of the project.

The finding, dated March 3, was released by FERC late on Friday.

FERC has long resisted calls from environmental groups such as the Sierra Club to consider the effects of shale gas production in its review of the safety and environmental impacts of LNG export facilities.

A spokeswoman said FERC would take the EPA's comments and other public input into consideration as it crafts its final environmental review, currently set for release by April 30.

Energy analysts said FERC will probably decide there is no need for an extensive analysis of the indirect greenhouse gas emissions that would be caused by one LNG export project.

A federal appeals court ruled in FERC's favor in 2012 in a similar case regarding Crestwood Midstream Partner's Marc 1 natural gas pipeline. In that case, environmental groups argued that the commission should have done a more expansive review of the impact of natural gas production.

"I don't think FERC will defer to Sierra Club's or EPA's issues on the upstream unless or until regulations change," said Christi Tezak, energy analyst for ClearView Energy Partners.

The shale gas boom, spurred by advances in drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has led to record U.S. natural gas production and paved the way for the United States to become a major gas exporter.

Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to extract fuel. Critics have blamed the practice for water contamination and say that increased drilling is polluting the air. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe, editing by Ros Krasny and David Gregorio)