NY Town Can't Block $500M Gas Pipeline

Law360 (July 14, 2020, 7:11 PM EDT) -- An upstate New York town can't prevent a pipeline operator from constructing a compressor station by denying it a building permit, because the town's requirements are preempted by the Natural Gas Act, a federal court ruled on Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny held that the town of Pendleton, which is just outside Buffalo, New York, can't hold up construction for a $500 million gas pipeline proposed by National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. and its unit Empire Pipeline Inc. The court held the proposed project's clearance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission supersedes local permitting requirements.

National Fuel and Empire's proposed 100-mile Northern...

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