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New York Regulators Shoot Down Northern Access Pipeline Access to Marcellus Gas

New York State last week denied approval of the Northern Access pipeline that would have brought natural gas from Pennsylvania into the western and central regions of NY. Natural gas currently represents over 50% of New York’s total electricity generation capacity, which is expected to increase in the coming years. The lack of approved build-out in natural gas infrastructure could lead to higher prices and even shortages in the future.

New York Regulators Shoot Down Northern Access Pipeline, Access to Marcellus Gas

New York denial is inconsistent with standards of the Clean Water Act: Tanski

On April 10, National Fuel Gas (ticker: NFG) issued a press release reacting to the denial of its proposed Northern Access pipeline by New York regulators, after more than 34 months in the permitting stage. Northern Access would have brought natural gas from the Marcellus region in Pennsylvania to New York.

The half billion dollar Northern Access natural gas expansion pipeline in Western New York and north-central Pennsylvania was designed to transport Marcellus gas.

National Fuel said the pipeline is estimated to increase annual property tax receipts by $11.8 million for four New York counties, with an additional one-time sales tax impact of $6.6 million for the same four counties. Twelve school districts within those counties will benefit from the annual incremental increase in tax revenue.

New York nixed the Northern Access pipeline project by refusing to issue a water quality certification and wetland permits.

Read the rest at OilandGas.com

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