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Should Cuomo Halt the Constitution Pipeline?

By Jason Weinstein.
On the heels of a state Comptroller report that says New York has fallen short in it's oversight of pipelines, one person is asking Governor Cuomo halt the Constitution Pipeline project.

Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting wants Cuomo to deny what's called a 401 Water Quality Certification. He says this denial would grind the project to a halt. He worries that if Cuomo doesn't deny the certification by the end of April the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has already approved the project, will grant the certification itself.

"Even the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission admits there are going to be unavoidable pollution hazards. And the record is New York State does not require them to be cleaned up," said Walter Hang, President of Toxics Targeting.

In a statement a spokesman for the pipeline project says pipe will be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with remotely operated shut-off valves. The project will also feature thicker steel pipe than required by industry regulation and more frequent inspections than required by law.