NFG Sues NY DEC in Fed Court re Northern Access Pipe Rejection

Earlier this month MDN brought you the sad (and angering) news that once again Gov. Andrew Cuomo has caved to political pressure from environmental Nazis and instructed the now-corrupted Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to deny stream crossing permits for National Fuel Gas Company’s (NFG) Northern Access Pipeline project (see Cuomo’s Corrupt NY DEC Blocks NFG Northern Access Pipeline Permit). A few days later, NFG issued a statement to say their proposed pipeline project would have FAR LESS impact on the environment “than either exploding an entire bridge structure and dropping it into Cattaraugus Creek (Route 219) or developing and continuously operating a massive construction zone in the middle of the Hudson River (Tappan Zee Bridge) for a minimum of five years” (see NFG Calls Cuomo DEC Denial of Northern Access Pipe “Troubling”). Both of those projects were reviewed and approved by Cuomo’s DEC, yet the DEC rejected a benign pipeline project. At the time we said this: “While there is no mention of a lawsuit against the DEC, you can bet your bottom dollar such a suit is coming.” Once again, we were right. Last Friday NFG sued the DEC in federal court, asking the court to review the DEC’s action in rejecting permits for the federally-approved project…

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