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Williams seeks FERC support on Constitution battle; FERC approves ETP border-crossing pipeline

Williams CEO looks to FERC for help in Constitution pipeline battle

wants to savethe Constitution natural gas pipeline project from the teeth of New York regulators,and it is hoping for support from FERC and the New York ISO.

"There'sbeen quite a bit of media coverage around the state of New York's denial of our[Clean Water Act Section] 401 water quality permit with the Constitution pipeline,"Williams CEO and President Alan Armstrong said in a May 5 earnings call. "Weobviously don't agree with the decision and believe that there is a significantamount of politics involved that went into that decision."

ETP gets FERC approval for 1.3-Bcf/d border-crossing gas pipeline

FERCapproved an Energy Transfer PartnersLP subsidiary's border-crossing pipeline project that will export upto 1.3 Bcf/d of natural gas from the U.S. into Mexican markets.

The May5 FERC order issued a presidential permit for a project crossing one of the borders and granted authorization under Section 3 of the Natural GasAct for the construction and operation of the facilities.

FERC gives itself extra time to reconsider Jordan Cove LNG denial

The Oregonnatural gas liquefaction project rejectedby FERC could still get a second chance to be the West Coast's first operationalLNG export terminal.

The commissionMay 9 issued a tolling order to give it more time to consider Jordan Cove Energy Project LP and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline LP's April for rehearing of FERC's March order.FERC in March denied their application to construct and operate the LNG export terminaland a pipeline to supply it.

Staff recommends Transco's 1.7-Bcf/d Atlantic Sunrise project to FERC

FERCstaff issued a favorable draft environmental impact statement for 's1.7-Bcf/d Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project that would connect the Marcellus Shaleto markets in the U.S. Southeast.

In theMay 5 document, FERC Office of Energy Projects staff said construction of the mostlygreenfield pipeline project would result in some impacts on the environment, but"most of these would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementationof Transco's proposed mitigation and the additional measures recommended in thedraft EIS."

FERC to prepare environmental review for 3 National Fuel projects

FERCstaff announced its intent to prepare an environmental assessment for a group ofnatural gas pipeline installation, replacement and abandonment projects in New Yorkproposed by National Fuel Gas Co.'sNational Fuel Gas Supply Corp.

Withthe May 2 notice of the environmental assessment, the staff opened the scoping processfor the three joined projects, which would provide approximately 2,600 Dth/d ofadditional firm capacity of natural gas. The new capacity would be offered in anopen season. The three projects would be built in Erie County, N.Y., and are expectedto cost approximately $29.4 million.

Millennium gas pipeline to new NY power plant clears FERC staff review

FERCstaff signed off on a Millennium PipelineCo. LLC proposal to build natural gas facilities to serve a new powergenerating facility in southeastern New York.

The Officeof Energy Projects staff review concluded that the Valley Lateral project would not significantly affect thequality of the environment.

Northern Natural's 210,000-Dth/d proposal passes FERC environmental review

FERCOffice of Energy Projects staff signed off on a Northern Natural Gas Co. proposal to build facilities toincrease natural gas transportation capacity to a Texas power provider by 210,000Dth/d.

"Werecommend that the commission order contain a finding of no significant impact,"staff said in the May 9 environmental assessment. FERC staff added that certainmitigating measures should be recommended as conditions in any approval from thecommission to Northern.