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New York Environmental Regulators Deny Permit for Constitution Pipeline

Protesters against the Constitution Pipeline, like the ones seen here rallying in Albany, N.Y., on...

New York environmental regulators refused to issue a permit for an interstate natural gas pipeline meant to help move fuel from Pennsylvania into New York City, Boston and other parts of New England.

The proposed 124-mile long project, known as the Constitution Pipeline, doesn’t comply with the state’s water quality standards, state regulators said Friday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration chose to reject the pipeline on Earth Day, and environmentalists cheered the decision.

“Governor Andrew Cuomo’s smart decision to reject Constitution Pipeline sends a clear message: New Yorkers’ health and safety will not be sacrificed for fossil fuel industry profits,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch.

Williams Cos. and several partners first proposed the pipeline in 2012 and it has been repeatedly delayed by local opposition and regulatory hurdles.

Williams may choose...