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Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Approved the Gas Pipeline, the State Did Not Issue a Water Quality Certification (WQC) for the Project, Therefore the Pipeline Company Can Not Seek Easements Over Private Land Pursuant to the Eminent Domain Procedure Law (EDPL) to Install the Pipeline

The Fourth Department, in a full-fledged opinion by Justice NeMoyer, over a two-justice dissent, considering a matter of first impression, reversing Supreme Court, determined that a gas supply company could not acquire easements over private property by eminent domain for the installation of a pipeline for which the state denied a permit: “[P]etitioner is trying to expropriate respondents’ land in furtherance of a pipeline project that, as things currently stand, cannot legally be built. Such an effort turns the entire concept of eminent domain on its head. If the State’s WQC denial is finally annulled or withdrawn, then petitioner can file a new vesting petition. But until that time, petitioner cannot commence a vesting proceeding to force a sale without going through the entire EDPL [Eminent Domain Procedure Law] article 2 process.” Matter of National Fuel Gas Supply Corp. v. Schueckler, 2018 N.Y. Slip Op. 07550, Fourth Dept 11-9-18

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