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Cuomo faces pipeline decisions

Jan 29, 2015 12:02 am
Scott Waldman reports in Capital New York that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces enormous economic pressure to approve several proposed natural gas pipelines. The two pipelines currently in question would move natural gas from Pennslvania to New England. Natural gas prices earlier this month were just over $1 in Pennsylvania and close to $8 in Boston, according to Jay Apt, executive director of the Electricity Industry Center at Carnegie Mellon University. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation must now consider whether to allow the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline along the I-88 corridor through Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie County and the Algonquin Pipeline -- 37.4 miles long New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, most of which would be within or adjacent to existing pipelines. A third project, the Pilgrim Pipeline, is not nearly as far along in the approval process, and would cut through Albany, Greene, and Ulster counties. The pipelines are largely governed by federal law, but need the state's approval for water quality permits. "They also represent the next fight for the state's anti-fracking activists, who achieved a major victory last month with Cuomo's fracking ban, and now plan to focus much more intensely on the infrastructure of fracking that crosses New York," according to the article. Read the full story in Capital New York.