PIPELINE CONTROVERSY: Lawmaker wants variances denied

Dominion Transmission Inc.’s divisive New Market Pipeline project is awaiting approval on several variances before construction can begin, and a state legislator from Ithaca is hoping to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny those requests.

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, sent two letters last week to state and federal officials regarding the $159 million project to upgrade the existing pipeline, which includes the Borger Compressor Station on Ellis Hollow Creek Road in Dryden. In the first letter, Lifton urges FERC Secretary Kimberly D. Bose to deny the variances and withhold further approvals for the project.

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