A federal appeals court has denied a request to review a decision by FERC to allow construction of a compressor station in the Town of Minisink, NY, endorsing the Commission’s decision for a 225 Dth/d delivery expansion of Millennium, Pipeline to the Northeast and New England markets.
"Given the choice, almost no one would want natural gas infrastructure built on their block," said Judge Robert Wilkins. "The sentiment is understandable. But given our nation's increasing demand for natural gas...it is an inescapable fact that such facilities must be built somewhere."
In a 33-page decision issued Friday, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) took action consistent with the agency's regulations when it approved Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC's proposal for the compressor station in 2012. The agency’s decisions "were reasonable and reasonably explained," the court said.
Millennium's proposal called for building the compressor station at Minisink to boost the pipeline's deliveries of Marcellus Shale gas by an...