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Pipeline opponent receives Adirondack Club's 'Conservationist of the Year'

Diana Strablow of the Sierra Club Niagara Group fought National Fuel's proposed 97-mile Northern Access Pipeline project for nearly two years.

For her efforts, the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club named Strablow its "Conservationist of the Year" during its annual picnic last week at Ellicott Creek Park Casino.

The mountain club said Strablow's leadership in organizing opposition of environmental advocates and affected landowners to the pipeline earned her its award.

"She worked really hard," said Linda Schmieder, an Adirondack Mountain Club member.

The $455 million project called for installing a 24-inch pipeline from Pennsylvania's hydro-fracked gas wells through the Southern Tier to Elma and building a compression station in Pendleton and a dehydration facility in Wheatfield. The state Department of Environmental Conservation in April rejected National Fuel's application for a water quality certificate on grounds it didn't satisfy requirements for the safe crossing of more than 192 creeks and streams along the proposed route.

Later in April, National Fuel appealed the DEC's decision to a federal appellate court.

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