By Ryan Deffenbaugh
A coalition of New York environmental groups has joined a federal appeal requesting further consideration of the Algonquin natural gas pipeline.
Construction has already begun on the project, which is referred to as the Algonquin Incremental Marketing Project by the company behind it, Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy Partners LP. But an appeal filed on March 28 in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals requests the court review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to approve the pipeline expansion last year.
The coalition includes the Ossining-based Riverkeeper Inc., Sierra Club Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, Food & Water Watch NY and the grassroots group Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion. The groups represent New York among 22 organizations and individuals petitioning in the suit. The coalition is represented by the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant PLLC in Washington D.C.