The state Department of Environmental Conservation was "within its statutory authority" to reject the proposed 121-mile Constitution Pipeline that would have brought natural gas from Pennsylvania through Central New York, a federal appellate court has unanimously decided.
Pipeline developers sued the DEC alleging the agency wrongly denied a water quality certificate for the project in April 2016.
The pipeline would have transported Pennsylvania shale gas through Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties to a connection with an existing pipeline just west of Albany. The DEC found it would have threatened water quality along its route, which proposed to cross about 250 streams.
Last April, the DEC rejected a water quality permit for National Fuel's proposed 97-mile Northern Access Pipeline on similar grounds. It would have transported gas from Pennsylvania through the Southern Tier and Erie County to Elma, crossing 192 streams.