Brian Nearing in Capitol Confidential reports
that on May 13 State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to delay action on its December 2014 approval of the 125-mile Constitution Pipeline. Last month the state Department of Environmental Conservation denied environmental permits to the project, which would bring natural gas to Schoharie County from Pennsylvania. Schneiderman also urged FERC to consider fining the company up to $1 million a day if it turns out that developers encouraged landowners along the pipeline route to cut down trees this year before receiving state permits. The Attorney General's office conducted a two-month investigation of the pipeline, finding evidence of tree-cutting, road-building, and heavy equipment use in state-protected streams and wetlands. Read the full story in Capitol Confidential, a Times-Union blog.