National Fuels asks federal court to review DEC's pipeline denial

Posted at 2:40 PM, Apr 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-24 14:40:52-04

The battle between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and National Fuel continues over the Northern Access Pipeline project. National Fuel filed a petition for review after the DEC denied water permits for the pipeline to move forward

The petition was filed Friday with the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals over the DEC's application for a water quality certificate. 

The Northern Access Pipeline would carry gas from fracking fields in northwest Pennsylvania through Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie, and Niagara counties on the way to Canada. The DEC denied water permits for the pipeline, arguing it would have moved half a billion cubic feet of gas per day, going against commitments to conservation. 

Governor Cuomo also opposed the pipeline, which would have countered his plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fracked gas.


National Fuel says the pipeline is designed to provide more reliability to the Western New York natural gas markets, give a low-cost source of energy for residential and customers, and projected to increase annual property tax receipts to $11.8 million.