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End To Controversial Pipeline Project

Costs, delays scuttle 124-Mile Constitution Pipeline project

Riverkeeper statement regarding the abandonment of the Constitution Pipeline project

The following is a statement from Riverkeeper’s Director of Legal Programs, Richard Webster, regarding the abandonment of the Constitution Pipeline project by Williams Partners: “Riverkeeper is gratified that it has been announced that the Constitution Pipeline project has been scrapped. This pipeline would have carried fracked natural gas across 251 waterbodies — including 89 trout spawning streams — and through many unique and sensitive ecological areas such as old-growth forest and undisturbed springs, which provide vital habitat and are key to local ecosystems. Over many years, Riverkeeper and our partners […]

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DoD makes commitment on Newburgh water pollution: Riverkeeper statement

More than 2.5 years after Riverkeeper first called for the Stewart Air National Guard Base to “immediately and permanently” stop polluted discharges, the Department of Defense has committed to treat the water flowing off the base that has contaminated the City of Newburgh’s Washington Lake Reservoir, as well as fish in Silver Stream and Moodna Creek. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced the commitment, and Riverkeeper is grateful to him, and to the elected leaders and agency officials at the local, state and federal levels who have been part of the chorus […]

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NYers call on Cuomo to Create Drinking Water Safeguards

Despite being formed over a year ago, and with an October 2 deadline looming, the state’s Drinking Water Quality Council has yet to make any recommendations for Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for toxic chemicals like PFOA, PFOS and 1,4-dioxane in drinking water.

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NYS DEC denies CPV fracked-gas plant an Air Quality Permit, effectively shutting down the plant

OSSINING, NY — New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation has denied the renewal of the Air Quality Permit for the Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) fracked-gas power plant located in the Town of Wawayanda in Orange County. Denial of the permit renewal effectively shuts down the plant that has been fiercely opposed by regional and statewide organizations for its devastating environmental impacts. The announcement by DEC comes after years of tireless work by community organizations to stop the plant’s operation. Riverkeeper continues to support and work with Protect Orange County, […]

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Riverkeeper joins regional and state lawmakers in calling on DEC to revoke CPV power plant permits

Goshen, NY — Riverkeeper joined with County and State lawmakers to seek the suspension or revocation of air quality permits for the Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) power plant. Riverkeeper and the elected officials filed the petition on Friday with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). In addition to co-signing this petition, Riverkeeper continues to support and work with Protect Orange County, which has led the fight to stop the natural-gas plant from going online and has, for years, been asking Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to address the […]

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Leaders urge Gov. Cuomo to release independent safety analysis of AIM pipeline near Indian Point

Town of Cortlandt, NY, March 22, 2018 — Prominent elected officials, leaders of local and national environmental organizations, and residents of the region joined at a press conference on March 22, 2018 at Cortlandt Town Hall to call on Governor Cuomo to release the risk assessment for Enbridge/Spectra’s AIM high-pressure gas transmission pipeline at Indian Point that he promised over two years ago. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on February 29, 2016, signed by the Commissioners and Chairs of the Departments of Homeland Security and […]

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Yes, your actions can help clean up the Hudson River: Editorial

Report calls for enhanced drinking water protections for 100,000 people who rely on Hudson River

7 shoreline communities work together on shared goal to protect drinking water supply

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