Plan to have a gas pipeline run through parts of Westchester hits a roadblock

The Department of Commerce has thrown a wrench into the proposed Millennium Pipeline project, which looks to run a natural gas line through parts of Westchester.

On Monday, the Secretary of Commerce blocked the gas line from running through Haverstraw Bay into the town of Cortlandt. The proposed pipeline was approved last Decemeber by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), but state officials objected to the plan. So the Secretary of Commerce was brought in to decide the fate of the project.

New York State officials along with County Executive Andy Spano had been opposed to the project from the get go partly because it would destroy natural wildlife at Haverstraw Bay.

The developer, Columbia Gas Transmission, wants to build the pipeline from Canada to New York City to meet anticipated demand for natural gas in the New York metro area. But now the company will have to find an alternative path that would be environmentally safe.

Columbia Gas maintains that Haverstraw Bay crossing is the only viable option. The company is considering whether or not to appeal the decision.

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