Supreme Court ‘Kills' Sound Pipeline

The highest court in the land has spoken and a CT company will not build a natural gas pipeline through Long Island Sound.

Cheshire-based Islander East needs Connecticut water-quality permits to secure federal approvals for the pipeline, which would link the state to the eastern end of Long Island in New York.

Connecticut regulators refused to issue permits for the 50-mile project to Islander East, saying it would damage water quality, natural resources and prime shellfish beds.

U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the company’s appeal.

 Long Island's Suffolk County called the project a "cost-effective and energy-efficient way to deliver much needed natural gas to the Connecticut, Long Island and New York City markets."

A spokeswoman for Islander East calls the high court's decision "disappointing," and says the company is considering its options, including the possibility of revising the project with a different route.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said the Supreme Court's refusal to hear Islander East's appeal essentially kills the project and saves environmentally sensitive areas from destruction.

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