Do-over hearings urged for Algonquin pipeline expansion

by Ernie Garcia for The Journal News

A group of activists and elected officials are asking a federal regulator to reconsider its approval of the Algonquin pipeline expansion.

In multiple petitions filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday the applicants argued that FERC’s March 3 approval of a natural gas pipeline expansion running through the Lower Hudson Valley violated several federal laws.

A petition filed by Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham stated that FERC violated the federal Clean Water Act by issuing its approval prior to New York’s issuance of a water quality certificate. Harckham also wrote that the project had a flawed environmental impact statement and that its adverse effects outweigh its alleged benefits, among other matters.

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