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'Toxics Targeting' against proposed pipelines


(WBNG Binghamton) A local environmental database firm is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to deny certification for new and expanding natural gas pipelines.

On Thursday, Toxics Targeting presented 114 cases of what it calls "clear evidence" that the Department of Environmental Conservation cannot manage the negative effects of pipeline spills.

The group is demanding the governor to deny 401 Clean Water Certification for the proposed Constitution Pipeline, Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline and the proposed expansion of the Dominion Pipeline.

"The bottom line is you could have the best technology but that doesn't mean it is not going to fail,” said Walter Hang, of Toxics Targeting Inc. “That is exactly what we have seen time and time again in New York based on the DEC's own data."

Hang says Toxics Targeting has already sent a letter to the governor asking to deny the request.

The group says it has not yet heard back.