New York AG, Constitution Backers Trade Legal Blows Over Marcellus Pipe Project Natural Gas Intel – by Charlie Passut May 16, 2016

The battle over the proposed Constitution Pipeline into New York State got rougher on Monday after the state’s attorney general (AG) asked FERC to investigate the pipeline for allegedly cutting trees and taking other unauthorized actions for the project.

At the same time, Constitution Pipeline LLC said it has appealed a decision by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation

(DEC) to deny a critical water quality permit, and also filed a lawsuit against New York State in federal court over the issue. . .

“Absolutely no proposed pipeline project construction can begin until all required state and federal approvals are issued,” Schneiderman said. “My office has found compelling evidence that Constitution not only ignored widespread, unpermitted construction along its pipeline right-of-way [ROW] corridor, but even authorized, encouraged, or condoned it. Constitution also did not report this activity to FERC or to the state. . .

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