Public officials in New York State and Massachusetts are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to overturn its recent approval of a major natural gas pipeline into New England, according to published reports.
In New York State, Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham recently petitioned FERC to reverse its approval of the Algonquin pipeline expansion, according to an article on LoHud.com. When FERC originally approved the pipeline, it violated the federal Clean Water Act by issuing its approval prior to New York's issuance of a water quality certificate, according to Harckham's petition. The pipeline expansion would increase New England's natural gas supply by 300 million cubic feet of gas per day, according to the developer, Spectra Energy Corp.
In Massachusetts, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and several state and local officials asked FERC to revoke its approval of the pipeline, according to a Boston Globe article. They claim that FERC disregarded the threat posed by building a pipeline adjacent to a West Roxbury, Mass., gravel quarry where dynamite is detonated on a regular basis.
"I have listened to the concerns of the community, and we have asked Algonquin Gas and Spectra Energy several times to find a new route for this pipeline," Mayor Walsh said in a statement. "The project as proposed poses real public safety risks for West Roxbury residents."
To read the LoHud.com article, click here.
To read the Boston Globe article, click here.