Cuomo administration rejects Constitution pipeline Capital NY – By Scott Waldman
3:26 p.m. | Apr. 22, 2016
ALBANY The Cuomo administration has denied the water quality permits for a controversial pipeline in what has become another primary test of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s environmental legacy. . . .
“The Application fails in a meaningful way to address the significant water resource impacts that could occur from this Project and has failed to provide sufficient information to demonstrate compliance with New York State water quality standards,” wrote John Ferguson, the “Constitution’s failure to adequately address these concerns limited the Department’s ability to assess the impacts and conclude that the Project will comply water quality standards.” . . .
The denial would be perhaps the most significant environmental decision to come out of the Cuomo administration since it banned fracking last year. It had been closely watched amongst environmental groups, as well as within the energy industry, because states rarely reject intrastate gas pipelines. . . .