by Scott Waldman for Capital New York
ALBANY—A key decision over two proposed pipelines that would bring natural gas from the Marcellus shale in other states through New York now rests with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
That means both the Algonquin pipeline in the lower Hudson Valley and the Constitution pipeline in the Southern Tier have cleared one of the final steps that’s needed before federal approvals, a final environmental impact statement.
But that pushes their fate onto the Cuomo administration, which has a history of delaying key energy decisions. The state still needs to sign off on water quality and air pollution permits and state officials recently extended the public comment period on the pipelines until the end of next month, a delay tactic favored by the administration.