A coalition of New York-based groups is challenging a federal agency’s approval of the proposed Algonquin natural gas pipeline, according to an article on LoHud.com.
“New York-based groups have joined a coalition stretching across four states in filing a petition with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to revisit the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) approval of the pipeline project,” the article states.
FERC decided in late January to reject opponents’ request to revisit its approval of the pipeline expansion, which would connect natural gas fields in Pennsylvania to customers in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The opponents say the pipeline route is flawed, because it passes too close to the Indian Point nuclear power plant in and other sensitive sites.
The coalition includes the Riverkeeper, Food & Water Watch NY, the Sierra Club Lower Hudson Chapter, and Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion.
Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay criticized FERC in a released statement for remaining “oblivious to the many potential dangers and pitfalls this project creates.”
“It is even more disturbing that FERC continues to ignore the real risks involved with running a gas pipeline adjacent to the property of an aging, problematic nuclear plant, which poses a great risk to the region even without this project,” Gallay added in the statement.
To read the LoHud.com article, click here.
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