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Lessons from the Dakota Access conflict; Transco begins construction on expansion

Culturalresource specialists and energy infrastructure experts see the controversy overDakota AccessPipeline as proof of the need to re-examine how tribal outreach andhistoric resource preservation efforts are handled during pipeline permitting.

"Consultationis fascinating when it works," Ed Gehres, a partner at Van Ness FeldmanLLP, said at the Energy Bar Association's 2016 Mid-Year Energy Forum on Oct. 5."It really represents a modern-day embodiment of pre-treaty, pre-IndianWar engagement between two completely separate and distinct government bodies."

has started construction on its New York Bay expansion project,the Williams PartnersLP subsidiary said in an Oct. 6 FERC filing.

Theproject, which received FERC approval in July, is designed to deliver an additional115 MDth/d of firm gas transportation capacity into 's distributionsystem in New York City. The company said construction on the New York Bayexpansion, which has been estimated to cost as much as $130 million, began Oct. 3.(CP15-527)

notified FERC that it has withdrawn its natural gas pipeline project from theprefiling process as a linked plant remains suspended to further review oilprices and drilling activity.

TheDemicks Lake pipeline project would deliver 221.5 MMcf/d of transportationcapacity by building and installing about 22 miles of 24-inch-diameter pipelineand a meter station.

Theproject would have transported gas from ONEOK Rockies Midstream's proposed Demicks Lake gasplant near Keene, N.D., to an interconnect with Northern Border Pipeline Co.'smainline outside Watford City, N.D. From there, the gas would have beendelivered to Midcontinent markets.

TheJordan Cove LNG export project in Oregon did not get a full chance to prove itseconomic viability before FERC denied its application, preventing the marketfrom deciding who the "winners" are, the project's leader said.

ElizabethSpomer, CEO of Jordan Cove EnergyProject LP, did not waste time acknowledging the situation as shesat on a panel with leaders of other major U.S. LNG projects at the NorthAmerican Gas Forum on Oct. 3. Hers was the only application that FERC denied.

FERC staff noted environmental and other concerns that havebeen raised about Venture GlobalPlaquemines LNG LLC's proposed liquefaction and export project inLouisiana as the project, in prefiling, nears its formal application.

The FERC Office of Energy Projects on Oct. 5 issued a publicupdate on its review of the LNG project, which would be on the west bank of theMississippi River in Plaquemines Parish, La.

Concerns landowners have expressed about the project includeimpacts on fish and wildlife resources, vegetation, culturally and historicallysignificant sites, air quality, and water supplies and quality. Other issuesmentioned were cumulative impacts and impacts from noise and light pollution,erosion and sedimentation.

FERC will drop from its early review process a affiliate'sproposed Mississippi River floating LNG export project in Plaquemines Parish,La., ending a review that has lasted more than three years.

In an Oct. 11 letter to CE FLNG, FERC said developers hadnot provided any of the draft resource reports required for its staff tocontinue with the environmental review and that the prefiling process willeffectively end Oct. 14. (PF13-11)