DEC issues water permit for Algonquin Pipeline expansion

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ALBANY – The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a water quality certification and freshwater wetlands and stream disturbance permits to reconstruct portions of the federally regulated Algonquin Pipeline that runs through Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties.
Construction of the project is subject to the conditions in the water quality certification and permits.
The proposed Algonquin Incremental Market project includes the expansion of existing pipeline systems in New York and three other states, including replacement of some 15.7 miles of pipeline in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam, and installation of two new compressor units at the Algonquin’s existing Stony Point compression station and another at the Town of Southeast compressor station.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has primary jurisdiction for the environmental review of interstate pipelines. FERC issued its approval in March.
The DEC maintains the authority to review applications for specific permits and approvals including air permits for the proposed compressor station upgrades, water quality certification, stream disturbance and freshwater wetlands permits for portions of the pipeline upgrades.