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For immediate release:
Friday, April 22, 2016
For more information contact:
Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director, 716-831-3206, bsmith@citizenscampaign.org
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org


Albany, NY—Today the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the denial of the Clean Water Act Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline. The natural gas pipeline from was proposed to come from Pennsylvania into New York State through Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Schoharie Counties, terminating at the existing Wright Compressor Station in Schoharie County. The decision is a major victory to protect clean water and in the state’s fight against climate change. In response to today’s announcement, Brian Smith, CCE Associate Executive Director, said:

“Today Governor Cuomo and the DEC delivered an Earth Day gift to New Yorkers that will benefit our environment and climate for decades to come. The Constitution pipeline would have caused the destruction of miles and miles of streams, forests, and sensitive ecosystems in New York, while further shackling us to fossil fuel dependence. The impacts were unacceptable, and the state was right to deny this ill-conceived proposal.

From fracking to Port Ambrose, and now to Constitution, Governor Cuomo has consistently made critical decisions that will provide a lasting impact in our fight against climate change. Citizens Campaign for the Environment commends Governor Cuomo for denying this pipeline, and siding with public need over corporate greed.”


Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by bsmith  4/22/16