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Millennium Pipeline gets extension for lateral project after NY permitting delay

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Millennium Pipeline gets extension for lateral project after NY permitting delay

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC another year to put in service the 127,200-Dth/d Valley Lateral natural gas transportation project serving a CPV Valley power plant after significant delay in the New York State permitting process.

"The Valley Lateral project encountered scheduling issues with respect to obtaining permits from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), which forced a delay in construction," FERC said in an Oct. letter granting Millennium's request for more time.

FERC approved the Valley Lateral project in November 2016, and the commission required the lateral to be put in service by Nov. 9. The extension gives Millennium until Nov. 9, 2018. The lateral will serve the CPV Valley Energy Center, a 680-MW combined-cycle gas-fired power plant that is approaching the end of construction in Wawayanda, N.Y.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had reviewed the project for over a year before deciding that it would deny a Clean Water Act water quality certificate. In a Sept. 15 order, FERC ruled the state agency had exceeded the time outlined in the Clean Water Act, and so the agency had "waived its authority to issue or deny a water quality certification." Millennium filed its request for an extension of time on Oct. 2. (FERC docket CP16-17)

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