DETROIT (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T.
Schneiderman has announced his office has petitioned the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC) to look into Constitution Pipeline Company’s
(Constitution) alleged violations of federal law.
These alleged violations occurred on the company's pipeline
right-of-way in the state of New York. Schneiderman contends that Constitution engaged
in widespread tree clear-cutting, an activity for which it lacked the
“Absolutely no proposed pipeline project construction can
begin until all required state and federal approvals are issued,” Schneiderman
said. “My office has found compelling evidence that Constitution not only
ignored widespread, unpermitted construction along its pipeline right-of-way
corridor, but even authorized, encouraged, or condoned it. Constitution also did not report this activity
to FERC or to the state.”
Handling the case for the Environmental Protection Bureau
are bureau chief Lemuel Srolovic, assistant attorney general Maureen Leary, environmental policy analyst Jeremy Magliaro and environmental scientist
“FERC must take strong enforcement action against
Constitution to ensure that pipeline companies know they can’t simply thumb
their nose at laws that protect New York’s landowners, communities and
environment,” Schneiderman said.