Appeals Court Allows Northern Access Pipeline to Proceed
The long-delayed Northern Access Pipeline in western New York is once again on track for eventual completion following a federal appeals court ruling that granted its approval to an agreement to extend the deadline for a decision on a water quality permit. The ruling on the technicality by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit gives new life to the Northern Access, which is designed to ship natural gas around 100 miles from western Pennsylvania to the Buffalo area and beyond.
CEA New York Executive Director Wendy Hijos said the decision was an appropriate way to bring the case to a close and end what it saw as bureaucratic delaying of a project that had otherwise complied with all regulations.
“The plain reading of the law says states have a year to make a ‘yes or no’ decision on Clean Water Act Section 401 permits,” said Wendy Hijos, New York Executive Director of the Consumer Energy Alliance. “Instead, the state chose an endless game of keep-away.”