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FERC rules against Constitution pipeline construction

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has refused to grant a ruling that would have paved the way for construction of the Constitution Pipeline — a proposed 124 mile natural gas line that would cross Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties in New York state.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the pipeline presented a threat to the environment. He issued a statement that reads in part: "I commend the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for ruling in favour of New York's efforts to prevent this project from moving forward. In New York, we will not relent in our fight to protect our environment and ensure a cleaner, healthier future."

On 11 October 2017, Constitution Pipeline Company LLC filed a petition with FERC, asking the commission to find that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) waived its authority to issue a water quality certification (WQC) for the pipeline project by failing to act within a statutory time limit.

FERC issued an order yesterday, denying the petition.

Constitution received a FERC certificate in December 2014. It initially filed for a WQC in August 2013, but withdrew and resubmitted its application two times, which the DEC argued reset the one year deadline it had to make a decision each time. Following about three years of review, the DEC ultimately denied the pipeline’s WQC.

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