Connecticut Deals Another Body Blow to Gas Pipeline Proposal

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Following MA and NH decisions, CT sees writing on the wall

October 26, 2016 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today in response to a decision by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) pulling the plug on proposals for gas capacity on the Spectra Access Northeast pipeline. This announcement comes on the heels of decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission rejecting similar proposals due to the unacceptable risk they place on businesses and families.

“With yet another state abandoning proposals for more natural gas pipeline capacity, these efforts to expand fossil fuel infrastructure in New England have hit a virtually unsurpassable roadblock,” said CLF president Bradley Campbell. “Without Massachusetts, New Hampshire or Connecticut in the mix, Spectra has lost a whopping 84 percent of the customer base needed to finance this ill-conceived proposal. It’s time to kill this project altogether and look forward to opportunities for the clean, renewable alternatives that our families demand, our markets expect and our laws require.”

The decision by Connecticut DEEP can be read here.

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