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Building new energy infrastructure for clean burning natural gas benefits all New Yorkers

Reid Porter | | 202.682.8114

Albany, N.Y., September 15, 2017 - API New York responded to today’s announcement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation waived their authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act by failing to act in a timely manner on Millennium’s request for a water quality certification.

“New York is one of the largest consumers of natural gas in the country, and the decision by FERC allowing the Valley Lateral pipeline project to move forward in the permitting process is a win for all who care about affordable energy, jobs and the environment,” said API Executive Director Karen Moreau. “This state of the art new pipeline will provide clean burning natural gas to a newly constructed power plant in an area which greatly needs natural gas.”

New York is the fourth largest consumer of natural gas, with more than 4.4 million New York homes, 398,000 businesses and 6,000 industrial consumers of the clean burning, affordable fuel. According to a recent study by ICF International, natural gas supported 152,300 jobs (1.7 percent) in the state and contributed $20.19 billion to the state’s economy.

“New pipelines are among the safest forms of energy transportation,” said Moreau. “The increased use of natural gas in places like New York City has led to the cleanest air in decades and there’s even more potential for more positive impacts across the state. None of these tremendous benefits can happen without certainty in the permitting process.”

API New York is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.