The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has requested FERC not issue a notice to proceed (NTP) recently requested by Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC for the Valley Lateral Project [CP16-17-000]. DEC cited a similar filing made over the summer concerning delays for the project’s water quality certificate (WQC). DEC eventually denied the WQC, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reversed the decision by waiving DEC’s authority for failing to make a decision within the required one-year timeframe. DEC argued in its latest filing that FERC should not issue the NTP because DEC’s motion for rehearing of the waiver order is pending. DEC also noted that its motion to rehear the FERC certificate for the project has not yet been answered. The eight-mile pipeline would supply a natural gas-fired power plant under construction in the state.
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