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Constitution Pipeline keeps pushing FERC for permit

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Constitution Pipeline said it will seek a rehearing or appeal FERC’s decision (on 11 January) in which the commission declined to overturn the permit decision by New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The builder of the proposed Constitution Pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York said it will ask FERC to take another look at its recent ruling that upholds New York State’s denial of a water-quality permit for the troubled project.

That decision has stopped the company from beginning to build the 124 mile natural gas line.

The company, a unit of the Williams Companies, argues that DEC waived its right to issue a water quality permit under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act because it did not act within a “reasonable time,” which FERC interprets as one year.

Last April, the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied the Constitution Pipeline Company a necessary water permit for the project.

The department did not believe the company had provided enough evidence that the pipeline project would meet the state’s water quality standards.

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