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FILE – This undated file photo shows a portion of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska pipeline crossing the tundra north of Fairbanks, Alaska. For decades, Alaska has had an uneasy reliance on oil, building budgets around its volatile boom-or-bust nature. When times were rough, prices always seemed to rebound, forestalling a day of reckoning some believe may finally have come. The situation has politicians weighing changes to the annual dividend paid to residents from earnings of the state’s oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says it will fight a federal decision that would allow construction of a 125-mile-long (200 kilometer) natural gas pipeline.

The agency says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s recent decision sides with the fossil fuel industry over protecting the environment.

The 30-inch-wide (762-millimeter) pipeline would stretch from northern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, west of Albany.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based pipeline firm says the line would have the capacity to serve 3 million homes and can help stabilize New York energy prices.

The Times Union reports this is one of many disputes over proposed natural gas lines in the state. Environmentalists claim these lines will only serve to further the dependence on fossil fuels.

The Army Corp of Engineers must approve plans before construction begins.

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