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Faso defends role as pipeline lobbyist

Apr 27, 2016 12:02 am
Timothy Knight in The Watershed Post reports that former State Assembly Minority Leader John Faso, who is running for the Republican nomination in New York's 19th Congressional District, was also a lobbyist for the Constitution Pipeline since serving in Albany. The Constitution Pipeline, one of four proposed to criss-cross the area, was denied permits by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation on April 22. The pipeline would have run from northern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, largely along I-88. Faso, who is based in Kinderhook, defended the natural gas that would flow through the pipelines. "The reason [New York state has had] an almost 25 percent decline in carbon dioxide is because we replaced coal with natural gas," Faso said. Millbrook oil executive Andrew Heaney and Hamden businessman Robert Bishop are running against Faso in a June 28 primary election. Read the full interview with Faso in The Watershed Post.