Constitution Pipeline suspended after State denies key permit

FILE - This undated file photo shows a portion of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline that feeds oil to the West Coast, snakes its way across the tundra north of Fairbanks, Alaska. After years of being flush with oil money, Alaska now faces drastic budget cuts and having to dip into well-stocked savings to offset unprecedented deficits exacerbated by an unexpected plunge in oil prices. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Just one day after Earth Day, developers of the Constitution Pipeline say they’re assessing their options after New York environmental regulators rejected a critical permit needed for construction to begin.

Spokesman Christopher Stockton says the project partners are disappointed in the state’s decision Friday and may consider an appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He says they remain committed to building the 124-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania’s shale gas fields to eastern New York. The pipeline would run through Schoharie County.

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation says the project fails to meet standards that protect hundreds of streams, wetlands and other water resources in its path.

Constitution Pipeline Company is a partnership formed by Cabot Oil & Gas, Williams Partners and Piedmont Natural Gas Company.

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