Posted: Monday, March 30, 2015 3:00 pm By JOE MAHONEY Staff Writer The Dailystar.com
The citizens group seeking to derail the proposed Constitution Pipeline announced Monday that it has filed legal action in a federal appeals court to force federal regulators to rehear challenges to a certificate of public necessity granted to project developers in December.
Stop the Pipeline said it filed for a writ of mandamus Friday in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, contending that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission "habitually grants itself more time than allowed by law (to review objections to its decisions), which prevents groups from seeking judicial review of FERC's orders."
The activist group is arguing that it is inherently unfair for the pipeline company to be involved in eminent domain condemnation proceedings against landowners resisting easements before final decisions have been made on permits and while Stop the Pipeline is seeking to challenge the FERC certificate in federal court.
"FERC uses delay tactics to keep projects they approve out of court," Anne Marie Garti, an organizer for Stop the Pipeline and an environmental lawyer with Pace...