A federal agency has given its approval to the Algonquin pipeline expansion that crosses New York State to deliver more natural gas to New York and New England, according to a recent article on LoHud.com.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday ordered the issuing of a certificate for Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market Project, which stretches from New York through Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the article states. The expansion will allow an increased flow of natural gas from Ramapo, N.Y., to various cities’ delivery points in the Northeast.

The news service Platts reported that the Algonquin Incremental Market project would expand Algonquin Gas Transmission's pipeline system from an interconnection at Ramapo to supply up to 342,000 decatherms per day of gas to local utilities in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The project is expected to be in service in November 2016.

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) still has to issue permits to Spectra Energy for work in the state. The DEC’s representatives could not be reached for comment, but they can’t block the project, LoHud.com reports.

“The Commission encourages cooperation between interstate pipelines and local authorities. However, this does not mean that state and local agencies, through application of state or local laws, may prohibit or unreasonably delay the construction or operation of facilities approved by this Commission,” FERC’s order stated.

Susan Van Dolsen of the group Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion said FERC was rubber-stamping the plan without enough evidence. “I’m dumbfounded that FERC could just be blithely going ahead,” she said.

Verplanck, N.Y., resident Bernard Vaughey, who wrote to FERC to voice opposition, said he and his collaborators have to consider other options. “We have to go to our state officials because it appears our federal officials have not done what they could,” he said.

To read the LoHud.com article, click here.