Constitution Pipeline Loses Federal Appeal

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Agosto 19, 2017

A U.S. federal court in New York State ruled in favor of upholding a state decision to block construction of a 124-mile natural gas pipeline, environmental group Earth Justice said in a press release.

In April 2016, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation denied water quality certification to the pipeline in accordance with section 401 of the Clean Water Act, effectively preventing the pipeline from being constructed within the state.

The pipeline would have cut through four counties and cross waterways 251 times, the release said. However, it was blocked by NYSDEC a year ago, when the state agency determined the gas companies had not provided enough information to ensure that the pipeline would comply with state water quality standards.

"The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)'s decision to block a 124-mile natural gas pipeline project from moving forward in New York State", the release stated on Friday.

Proposed path of Constitution Pipeline  
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Groups rally to ask Governor Cuomo to protect NYS water by denying water quality certificate for Constitution Pipeline.

"We hope this sends a loud message that NY will not rubber stamp any project that fails to protect public health and our environment", said commissioner Basil Seggos.

"Today's ruling confirms the independent authority and responsibility of states to protect their waterbodies from natural gas pipelines that carve through and degrade critical watersheds", said Earthjustice attorney Moneen Nasmith. "It would be unacceptable for a pipeline-or any project-to pollute our waters and undermine New Yorkers' health and water resources".

"This is not just a victory for the people impacted along the pipeline route, but gives hope across the country for people facing the onslaught of oil and gas infrastructure", said Wes Gillingham, associate director of Catskill Mountainkeeper.

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