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April 25th, 2016:

Second Major Northeast Natural Gas Pipeline Shelved As New York Rejects Constitution Pipeline

American Energy Coalition - April 25th, 2016

Just two days after Kinder Morgan announced it was suspending work on its Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation rejected the application for another major natural gas project that would have delivered gas into the Northeast, according to an article on MassLive.com.

The New York DEC rejected a Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the Constitution pipeline, effectively shelving the 124-mile interstate natural gas project, according to MassLive.com. The Constitution pipeline would have largely paralleled the supply path of Northeast Energy Direct.

The Constitution would have impacted around 250 streams “including trout spawning streams, old-growth forest, and undisturbed springs,” wrote John Ferguson, chief permit administrator with DEC’s Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention in explaining the decision

The DEC said it had repeatedly asked Constitution for site-specific analysis of pipeline burial depth for all impacted streams, but the company refused, providing only limited analysis. “Pipes can become exposed in stream beds if not buried deeply enough, and corrective action can further damage the stream and impact water quality,” the department said.

The project would have crossed New York State through Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Schoharie counties before meeting other pipelines in the town of Wright, near Albany. Constitution had won a certificate from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Dec. 2, 2015, but could not move forward without the Section 401 certification. 

To read the MassLive.com article, click here.

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