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Environmental activists celebrate Constitution Pipeline decision



Environmental activists are celebrating the state's decision to deny the Constitution Pipeline.

Walter Hang, founder of the environmental database firm Toxics Targeting, held a news conference Monday in Binghamton to thank New York State for denying Constitution's water quality certification.

The certificate, which is required for the project to move forward, was rejected by the DEC on Friday.

Constitution would be a 124-mile natural gas pipeline that would transport fracked gas from Susquehanna, Pennsylvania through Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties.

Hang says the decision could halt other pipeline projects as well.

"This decision to kill the Constitution Pipeline is going to set a very powerful precedent. Everyone realized that these fossil fuel infrastructure projects have huge environmental and public health consequences. The fact that New York has actually denied the Constitution Pipeline, I think is a landmark decision," said Hang.

Constitution released a statement Monday afternoon saying it is committed to pursuing the federally approved pipeline project.

The company says the denial halts the creation of 2,400 jobs related to the industry.