PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Appeals Court Upholds DEC Pipeline Decision

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

The Constitution Pipeline would have crossed trout streams, old-growth forest and undisturbed springs. (lkk09210/Pixabay)
The Constitution Pipeline would have crossed trout streams, old-growth forest and undisturbed springs. (lkk09210/Pixabay)
August 22, 2017

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court has dismissed a challenge to New York State's denial of a water-quality permit for the Constitution Pipeline. The 124-mile natural-gas pipeline had received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC.

But under section 401 of the Clean Water Act, states also have a say. New York's Department of Environmental Conservation says the Constitution Pipeline Company failed to turn over necessary information and denied the water quality certification last year.

Attorney Mike Dulong with Hudson Riverkeeper, calls the appeals-court ruling "precedent setting."

"This should give environmental advocates and states certainty that states have the right to protect their waters," he says.

The pipeline builder says the completed project would create jobs, reduce energy costs and address concerns about air quality.

But environmental groups point out the pipeline's route would affect 500 acres of forest, 85 acres of wetland and cross 251 streams. While plans called for drilling under some streams, Dulong says the pipeline would have crossed others by digging trenches through them.

"Which has the potential to cause a lot of soil erosion and suspended sediment," he explains. "That's harmful for fish, for recreation and fishing, and it can have permanent impacts on those streams."

He adds that no plans were provided for crossing some of the rivers and streams along the route.

And while environmentalists are celebrating the court ruling as a victory for clean water, Dulong emphasizes that it's a victory for the climate as well.

"Really, it's a victory for New York State," he added. "We should be turning to clean energy, and we should not be building out fossil-fuel infrastructure that's going to stick around for another 50 or 100 years."

Natural gas burns cleaner than coal or oil - but methane, its main component, is a powerful greenhouse gas.

Andrea Sears, Public News Service - NY