SCOTUS has declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that halted construction of the controversial Constitution pipeline. The pipeline has been met with opposition by environmental groups, including grantee Catskill Mountainkeeper.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on May 1 declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that would prevent the pipeline from going forward. The proposed 125-mile line would run from Pennsylvania to New York, and eventually deliver gas to New York City, Westchester and other communities.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) denied the project a clean water permit in 2016 because DEC said the project did not provide enough information about how the pipeline would impact the environment. With the denial of the appeal, the high court affirmed that DEC has the right to deny the permit.
The project has been opposed by conservation groups including Catskill Mountainkeeper. Wes Gillingham, associate director of the organization, said, “Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld New York’s right to protect our water from dirty and dangerous fracked gas pipelines. The court rightfully denied the Constitution Pipeline’s attempts to use the federal justice system to force New Yorkers into a pipeline we don’t want and don’t need.”