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Petition to Block Spectra Energy Pipeline Denied by Judge

Spectra Energy Corp.’s plan to build a 16-mile pipeline to bring natural gas into Manhattan from New Jersey was cleared by a New York state judge who rejected an environmental group’s challenge to the project.

Justice Eileen A. Rakower denied a petition from Sane Energy Project and other groups to block construction of the pipeline, saying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authority over the licensing of interstate natural gas lines, according to a ruling dated Jan. 16 and posted last week.