NEW YORK -- Dec 03, 2012 / (http://www.myprgenie.com) -- An impacted landowner from Minisink NY has taken the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation to the State Supreme Court over the highly contested Minisink Compressor Station currently under construction by Millennium Pipeline, a subsidiary of NiSource Inc. Community Organizer, Pramilla Malick, also the landowner and petitioner in the case, has alleged that DEC violated both state and federal law when it issued two permits for the project that will be located in the middle of a residential community with 200 homes within a half mile. The petitioner also alleges that there will be health and safety risks imposed on the community from the project. Both DEC and Millennium Pipeline have filed motions to dismiss and the judge is expected to issue a decision any day.
The allegations in the case come amidst charges of foul play against NYSDEC by environmental and health activists in New York State in response to its filing of a 90-day extension to finalize regulations for the permitting of high volume hydraulic fracturing. The case echoes charges that the DEC is not following statutory procedures.
" The DEC has become a rubber stamping agency and there is no one protecting New Yorkers", says the petitioner, who was forced to file the case pro-se because of the large expense in filing suit. "It is an unfair burden on a resident and a community", she adds. The New York State Attorney General's office which also at times represents New York residents and communities against wrong doing is in this case obligated by law to defend the DEC.
Although the case was brought by an individual the decision will impact hundreds of residents from the rural/residential upstate community including many 9/11 First Responders, police officers, fire fighters, teachers, and their children who live in close proximity to the site.