Saqib Rahim, E&E News reporter
Published: Monday, August 21, 2017
A federal court has upheld New York’s decision to deny a water permit for a major natural gas pipeline.
Last year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) rejected Constitution Pipeline Co.’s application for a water permit under the Clean Water Act. Constitution sued, saying DEC had unfairly quashed the application after extensive review and that federal authorities should award the permit anyway.
Last week, three judges with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with DEC, accepting the state’s argument that Constitution had not supplied enough information for the state to decide if the pipeline posed a water risk.