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Pipeline Company To Appeal NY DEC Decision

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Pipeline Developers Vow To Fight NY Permit Rejection

This is a picture of a hat reading "STOP the Pipeline" that were handed out by the group Sandisfield Taxpayers Opposing the Pipeline.
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Developers of a 124-mile pipeline designed to transport natural gas from Pennsylvania's shale fields say they'll challenge New York's rejection of a critical permit.

The Constitution Pipeline Company said Monday that the Department of Environmental Conservation's denial letter includes "flagrant misstatements and inaccurate allegations" and is driven by politics.

The DEC on Friday denied a water quality permit, saying the project fails to meet standards that protect hundreds of streams, wetlands and other water resources in its path.

The company, a partnership formed by Cabot Oil & Gas, Williams Partners and Piedmont Natural Gas Company, can appeal the state decision to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The company had planned to start construction at the end of summer.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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