A recent decision out of New York is turning heads in the legal community over what law professors and environmental activists say is a turning point for the state’s energy economy, with potentially broader implications nationwide.

In a long-awaited decision, New York environmental regulators last week denied for the third time the water quality permit for the controversial Williams Northeast Supply Enhancement pipeline—more commonly known as the Williams Pipeline—that would deliver fracked natural gas 37 miles from the shale fields of Pennsylvania to New York City and Long Island.

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