The next step in the FERC process will be to issue the final EIS (Environmental Impact Statement). They have given March 16th as the tentative date for that release. Following that, they will issue their final decision on whether to approve or deny permission to build the pipeline. Given that FERC has denied permission to only 2 projects in the past 3 years, it’s a foregone conclusion they will also approve this one. When that happens (currently slated for June 14th), intervenors will have 30 days to file a lawsuit challenging that decision.
Sane Energy Project is working now with a coalition of groups and individuals to prepare for that inevitability. Those who can offer legal, logistical or community support for such a lawsuit are highly encouraged to get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While legal actions move forward, Sane will also be working to find solutions to New York’s energy issues, including how buildings can comply with new heating oil rules without encouraging fracking.
It’s been a busy year and we thank you for all your support and wish you a very happy and sane 2012!