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API-NY applauds Second Circuit Court decision, says it's good news for pipelines across New York

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ALBANY, February 5, 2019 – API-New York reacted to the decision today by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, directing the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to expand its permit decision blocking the Northern Access pipeline.

“Today’s decision by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals is good news for infrastructure projects across the state,” said Karen Moreau, executive director of API-New York. “The Environmental Protection Agency provides guidance on how states should grant Section 401 permits under the Clean Water Act, but New York’s DEC has interpreted that guidance to allow them to arbitrarily block projects. The Court’s decision that New York DEC failed to provide factual justification for their denial of Northern Fuel’s Northern Access water quality permit emphasizes why this guidance should be clarified by the EPA.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans.