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Constitution Pipeline opponents plan rally; want NY to deny permit

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Members of environmental groups plan to rally at the state Capitol as they continue efforts to stop construction of a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to eastern New York. Opponents of the Constitution Pipeline want the Cuomo administration to deny a water quality permit for the project. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval of the project ...

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Moratorium on fracking waste is approved in Wheatfield

WHEATFIELD — The Town Board voted Monday in favor of a six-month moratorium on the storage or application of waste from hydraulic fracturing on any land or road in the town. Asked whether any such material has been used in Wheatfield, Town Attorney Matthew E. Brooks said, “No, and we don’t want any, either.” Some municipalities have used water from ...

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Both sides haggle Cuomo on pipeline permits

Both sides of the debate over the controversial Constitution Pipeline project are ratcheting up pressure on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to act in ways that fulfill their respective wishes on state permits sought by the developer. The drama surrounding the looming decision comes as speculation mounts that the state Department of Environmental Conservation could act any day now on the so-called ...

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Editorial: Pipeline news nothing to crow about

It is said that “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” So it is that opponents of the Constitution Pipeline may be cheering at the recent news that the company attempting to run this pipeline through upstate New York has pulled back on a side project that would have brought natural gas service to the Sidney, Bainbridge and Afton ...

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DEC sees no timeline for pipeline

In nine consecutive weekly reports filed with federal regulators beginning in early June, the Constitution Pipeline company indicated it anticipated decisions in July on its applications for water quality certificates and stormwater discharge permits from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. But July came and went, and the DEC made no decisions on those applications. On Friday, agency spokesman Thomas ...

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State makes ban on fracking official

New York’s prohibition on the controversial shale gas extraction technique known as hydrofracking became official Monday when state officials codified the ban with a 43-page document released in Albany. After the Cuomo administration announced last December that it would issue no permits to companies for horizontal hydraulic fracturing of layers of shale, the rules governing drilling were still being drafted. ...

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Trans-Alaska pipeline will go offline for summer maintenance starting Friday

The trans-Alaska pipeline will shut down starting Friday for 36 hours of scheduled summer maintenance. Meantime, pipeline operator Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. is assessing the best way to fix a “weeping joint” discovered along an underground section of the line. The “weep” at a pump station between Delta Junction and Glennallen — with crude leaking a rate of 1 teaspoon ...

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NY agency: EPA report won’t affect state’s ban on fracking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Business groups are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift New York’s fracking ban after the Environmental Protection Agency reported the technology hasn’t caused widespread harm to drinking water, but the Cuomo administration says the ban will stay. Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Tom Mailey says the EPA review released Thursday focused on impacts to water ...

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Pipeline planners say build won’t harm bald eagles

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The planners of the Constitution Pipeline are asking state and federal regulators to determine that the 124.4 mile natural gas transmission system will have no adverse impacts to the region’s bald eagle population, including those nesting within the project survey area. In a recent letter to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Lynda Schubring, the environmental project manager for the ...

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Refined-fuels surcharge for spill response passes Alaska House

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska House on Wednesday narrowly passed legislation that would levy a surcharge on refined fuels distributed in the state to help fund an account used for the cleanup of contaminated sites, non-emergency spill response and other activities. HB 158, from Rep. Cathy Munoz would levy a 1-cent-per-gallon surcharge on refined fuel sold, transferred or used in ...

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