ALBANY (AP) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation said Friday it will fight a federal decision that would allow construction of a 125-mile-long natural gas pipeline.
The agency says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent decision sides with the fossil fuel industry over protecting the environment.
The 30-inch-wide Constitution Pipeline would stretch from northern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, west of Albany.
Williams LP, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based firm behind the project, says the line would have the capacity to serve 3 million homes and can help stabilize New York energy prices.
The Albany Times Union reported Friday that the project is among many disputes over proposed natural gas lines in the state. Environmentalists claim the lines will only serve to further the dependence on fossil fuels. The Army Corp of Engineers must approve plans before construction begins.