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PennEast files new phased approach with Federal Regulators to meet growing customer demand

first_img PennEast files new phased approach with Federal Regulators to meet growing customer demand (Credit: FreeImages/outgunned21) To meet the urgent and growing need for clean, low-cost natural gas, PennEast Pipeline Company LLC announced today the filing of an amendment with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to construct the federally approved PennEast Pipeline Project in two separate phases. Phase One would consist of 68 miles of 36-inch pipe, constructed entirely within Pennsylvania and ready to deliver natural gas by November 2021. The Phase Two portion would include the remaining route in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with a targeted completion of 2023.“Today’s announcement is a big step forward for families and businesses in eastern Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia region who will finally benefit from greater access to low-cost natural gas, by separating the certificated PennEast route into two phases,” said Anthony Cox, Chair of the PennEast Pipeline Company Board of Managers. “In the years since the initial announcement of the Project, demand for natural gas has continued to grow, yet the benefits of new job creation, economic development, air quality, and lower energy bills have been denied to all customers by short-sighted political interests. Building the project in phases allows PennEast to meet the clear public need in the short term in Pennsylvania, and in the long term in New Jersey by affording sufficient time for permit and legal issues to be resolved.”The continued strong need and robust interest from shippers incented PennEast to file the request with FERC. Precedent agreements for 338,000 Dth/d were filed as part of Phase One and additional precedent agreement negotiations are underway for a total capacity in Phase One of approximately 600,000 Dth/d. The initial 1,107,000 Dth/d that was filed at FERC for the full project remains unchanged.Under the phased approach, PennEast will have within Pennsylvania three delivery points: UGI Utilities, Inc. (to serve the Blue Mountain Ski Resort) and new interconnections with Columbia Gas and Adelphia Gateway to serve the growing demand in the southeast region.“PennEast has always been vital to fulfilling our plans of a new hotel and water park, which have been delayed for years without the natural gas necessary to fuel the expansion,” said Barb Green, President of Blue Mountain Resort in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. “The announcement today to complete the project in phases is a major boost for our local tourism, economic development and job creation.”There are no new private property owners impacted by Phase One of the PennEast project, which would terminate in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County. The new interconnections, which will be located south of Route 22 and west of Route 33, will be constructed on property already owned by PennEast Pipeline Company LLC.“Federal regulators determined in 2018 after years of expert reviews that the full PennEast Pipeline Project was in the public need and benefit, including three federal agencies and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which concluded it was also safe for the environment,” added Cox. “Today’s action again proves the PennEast partners are fully committed to the entire project and meeting the needs of its customers for safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy.”“Pennsylvania families and businesses shouldn’t be pawns in a political game played in another state,” said Gene Barr, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. “With key approvals at the federal and state level already, a phased approach for PennEast would allow Pennsylvania businesses to finally lower their energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and continue adding to their competitive advantage over nearby states like New Jersey. Pennsylvania’s business community urges swift approval by the Commission for this phased construction plan.”“The continued build-out of energy infrastructure across the commonwealth is the most important step in benefiting industrial, commercial, and residential consumers with affordable, abundant, and clean-burning Pennsylvania natural gas,” said David N. Taylor, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association. “Maximizing delivery of the most affordable energy source saves residents money to pay other bills, powers our economy, and improves Pennsylvania’s competitiveness. PennEast’s phased plan is a commonsense approach to fulfill the public need in Pennsylvania, where the project is ready to go.”“Pipelines are lifelines,” said Dennis L. Martire, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). “Right now, local Pennsylvania residents do not have access to these family-supporting energy jobs on PennEast, despite the fact that clean, affordable natural gas is the pathway to a renewable future. If completing the project in phases will allow hard-working Pennsylvanians to start accessing these jobs, then that’s the path we need to take.”PennEast Pipeline Company also soon will be petitioning the Supreme Court of the United States to review a three-judge panel decision of the Third Circuit, which in September overturned nearly 80 years of industry practice and clear congressional intent in the Natural Gas Act. The petition is due March 4, 2020. Source: Company Press Release Phase one consists of 68 miles of 36-inch pipe, constructed entirely within Pennsylvanialast_img read more

F-M, J-D, CBA tennis maintains top form

first_img Tags: CBAESMF-Mgirls tennisJ-D Jamesville-DeWitt won again, 6-1, over Fulton last Tuesday, with straight-set singles wins from Tara Pollock, Celia Reid and Sydney Cline. The doubles teams of Inika Gajra-Riya Sharma, Elina Park-Serena Patel and Courtney Keough-Sabina Muradova all had straight-set victories, too.Remaining undefeated, Christian Brothers Academy handled Bishop Grimes 7-0 last Tuesday, with Gieselle Vlassis, Grace DelPino and Julia DelPino dropping just one game in six sets of singles competition.One doubles match was forfeited, but Lily Geneocco and Maddie Tallman won, 6-1, 6-2, over Jenny Morabito and Sofia Ziankoski, with the teams of Grace Catalano-Becca Ziemba and Sophie Schultz-Schutie Zirath not dropping a game, either.A 6-1 win over Manlius-Pebble Hill followed on Wednesday, with CBA again dominating the singles, but the Trojans having sisters Parmees and Amatees Fazeli get a 6-1, 6-1 win over Catalano and Tallman, while Geneocco and Isabella Mead got a 6-4, 6-4 win over Emma Gross and Eden Hildebrandt.MPH had started its week by topping Phoenix 6-1, with all of the singles matches defaulted. In doubles, Amatees Fazeli and Caroline Mezzalingua won, 7-6, 7-5, over Brielle DeRoberts and Mia Graham, with the teams of Emma Gross-Eden Hildebrandt and Sophia Menacho-Mackenzie Van Auken each winning in two sets.East Syracuse Minoa fell 7-0 to Auburn last Tuesday, with the closest match in first doubles, where the Spartans’ Julia Barnwell and Alana Day pushed to a second-set tie-breaker in a 6-4, 7-6 loss to the Maroons’ Kathryn Brown and Alexis Calkins.A 4-3 defeat to Syracuse West followed on Wednesday, with the Spartans again swept in singles, though the doubles teams of Taylor Lynch-Mackensie Snyder, Kylie Bachman-Amina Kausmovic and Sammy Baadani-Marissa Drogo each earned wins.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Over in doubles, Alexis Ahn and Emma Zogg turned back Katie Anson and Margaret Mello 6-2, 6-3, while Maya McKenzie and Camilla Wojtasiewicz won, 6-2, 6-4, over Kara Chawgo and Isabelle Wells. Natalie Hugo and Brooke Tester defeated Madelyn Chuff and Olivia Grome 6-3, 6-3.On Wednesday, F-M swept Cicero-North Syracuse 7-0, not dropping a set as Manta and Wang paired up in doubles to get a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the Northstars’ duo of Sara Cartier and Olivia Cerio.Getting turns at singles, Samhitha Adivikolanu won 6-3, 6-1 over Krista Feeney, with Trisha Adivikolanu handling Karly Williams 6-1, 6-4. Angela Iskander won over Cambrie Hibbard 6-1, 6-2.center_img With October now here, the bulk of the high school girls tennis regular season is again in the books, and once more plenty of local sides flourished, even as last week’s schedule was curtailed by rain.That included Fayetteville-Manlius, still undefeated despite the challenges thrown at them, though Tuesday’s battle with Baldwinsville could prove interesting since the Bees almost knocked off the Hornets on Sept. 13.F-M defeated West Genesee 6-1 last Tuesday, with Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang getting 6-0, 6-0 singles wins over, respectively, Alyssa Congel and Sophia Lowry, with Trisha Adivikolanu prevailing over Angelina Allen 6-0, 6-4.last_img read more

Coronavirus: GFA wants reliefs on taxes, import duties from government

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association says it has put together a number of proposals to the government in relation to financial support for Ghanaian league clubs during the current climate of the Coronavirus pandemic.Football has been hard hit by the pandemic since no league matches have been played since March 15 when the President announced a ban on public gatherings.The absence of matches means that clubs cannot make any money without gate proceeds and transfer fees and thus, the GFA has reached out to Government through the Sports Ministry.Henry Asante Twum is the GFA’s Communications Director and he gave details to Citi Sports on what the Ministry was expected to present to Government on the GFA’s behalf during a government cabinet meeting on Friday.“In our proposal to the Sports Ministry, we highlighted the need for government support not only in the area of Covid-19 but we also asked government to take a look at the 17.5 percent VAT component on the gate fees charged at the match venues during the league.We also made a case for import duties on football materials like national teams jerseys and related items. The jerseys do not come for profit. They serve a social purpose but we have to pay thousands of US dollars to clear them at the ports.In line with that, we also asked for a look at what clubs pay to clear their jerseys and other equipment for use in the country. These charges are huge and draining and they are having a huge toll on our finances.”Asante Twum went on to state that the GFA would also want government to review the situation involving lower tier non-professional clubs and their paying of Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) contributions on behalf of their -players.“We would want the government to intervene in this situation. These clubs in Division Two and Three and the colts divisions are not professional clubs but SSNIT is always chasing them to play their due for their players and we would like the government to take another look at that.”With the Ghana FA saying that a decision on the future of the Ghanaian football season will be taken by June 30, the expectation is that it will make a strong push for financial support to keep the clubs going until a proper resolution on the league is found.last_img read more

(Updated) Four Wellington residents arrested in heroin drug bust Thursday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Four Wellington residents have been charged with the distribution of heroin as reported in the Wellington Police Notes for Thursday, May 9.•At 3:32 p.m. Thursday, Jeffrey L. Redford, 34, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrant of four counts of sale of heroin, one count of conspiracy to sell heroin, one count use of communication facility to facility drug sale. Bond has been set at $50,000.•On 4:20 p.m., Thursday, Maggie A. Redford, 33, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrant charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and sale of heroin. Bond is set at $25,000.•At 5:19 p.m., Thursday, William  A. Sirmons, 49, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrant charged with distribution of heroin, use of communication facility to facilitate sale, sale of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school and conspiracy to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of a school. Bond is set at $25,000•On 6:24 p.m., Thursday, Billy R. Russell, 59, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Warrant charged with distribution of morphine within 1,000 feet of a school, use of communication facility to facilitate drugs, sale of heroin within 1000 feet of a School and Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin within 1,000 feet of a school. Bond is set at $25,000The arrests came after an extensive investigation which took eight months to complete by a task force of Sumner County Sheriff and Wellington Police departments, said Tracy Heath, Wellington City Police Chief.“Kudos to the Sumner County Task Force officers involved in this investigation,” Heath said. “They did one heck of a job.”Heath said on Thursday, after a lengthy investigation, arrest warrants were obtained for the four residents. Also, officers obtained a search warrant for a residence located in Wellington. During this course of this search, evidence associated with drug usage was located. While drug arrests are not uncommon in this area, heroin arrests have been less so. However, heroin is on the rise both locally and national wide, Heath said.It is hard to gauge how much heroin is in Sumner County, or the extent of use in the county. But it is here, Heath said, and it has become a fashionable drug amongst many young adults.Heroin, once a prevalent drug in the 1960s, lost popularity in the 80s and 90s. But due to the popularity of the prescribed drug Oxycontin, heroin is making a comeback because it is part of the same opiate family tree.Oxycontin makers reformulated the pain killer in 2010 so that it was more difficult to crush and reuse. Since then people have shifted away from the prescribed drug toward heroin – a highly addictive drug derived from morphine, from the opium poppy plant. According to drugfree.org, heroin is a “downer” or depressant that affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain.Heroin can be injected into a vein, injected into a muscle, smoked in a water pipe or standard pipe, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, inhaled as smoke through a straw, or snorted as powder in the nose.The short-term effects of heroin gives the user a feeling of euphoria, followed quickly going “on the nod,” an alternative state of wakefulness and drowsiness, the website says.As higher doses are used over time, physical dependence and addiction develop. With physical dependence, the body adapts to the presence of the drug and withdrawal symptoms may occur if use is reduced or stopped. Withdrawal, which in regular abusers may occur as early as a few hours after the late administration, produces drug cravings, restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting. Sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users, who are in poor health, can be fatal, the anti-drug site said. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (24) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Proudmama · 378 weeks ago Way to go WPD. They all need to be taken off the streets. Our town is not safe with them roaming free. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down john · 378 weeks ago Hats off to local law enforcement! Keep up the good work!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down SerenitySaves · 378 weeks ago It’s about time they arrest the drug dealers! I’m tired of people dying because of heroin! Report Reply 2 replies · active 378 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Caped Crusader · 378 weeks ago More heroine and other drug busts! Less tag light harassment! Report Reply 1 reply · active 378 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down notlla · 378 weeks ago Now that they have arrested them , How about convicting them..and put them away for a while. Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down scooter · 378 weeks ago I don’t see why so many people seemed to be concerned about the heroin related deaths, we (society) did not put the needle in their arm, they made the decision to do it. Report Reply 1 reply · active 378 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Proudmama9 · 378 weeks ago Amen, scooter! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down concerned citizen · 378 weeks ago Scooter is right, they should be more concerned about the meth dealers that are constantly getting more people hooked so they can have some help breaking into peoples houses or mailboxes and stealing from hard working citizens Report Reply 3 replies · active 378 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Hmmm…. · 378 weeks ago Heroin overdoses cost use the taxpayers money. Who do you think pays the bill on a dead person, or a nice waste of time that is actually fortunate enough to get dropped off in time for the last-minute save. One positive, it gives the staff at good old SRMC someone to hone their life saving skills on, so when someone who is in real need of help comes in they are good to go. I have to say, if you catch em you keep em! Finish the job and put them away! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down 420 TIME · 378 weeks ago I am 100% behind the WPD and Sumner Co. Sheriff and company busting down on those METH users and Heroin users and dealers and honestly believe they should be put to DEATH. Leave those using marijuana in their own homes alone. They are hurting absolutely no one. Report Reply 1 reply · active 378 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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