Kiryas Joel, NY – It was another bad day in court for Kiryas Joel officials whose bid to access water from a well owned by the village in the nearby town of Cornwall was denied by an appeals court.
The Times Herald Record (http://bit.ly/2rVUYeD) reported that four Appellate judges refused on Wednesday to reconsider its earlier decision to restrict the town’s access to the well pending two permit challenges. The panel of judges agreed to fast track the case, ordering court papers to be filed by July 31st so that it could be scheduled for the upcoming September term.
The village had hoped to begin pumping water by the beginning of June. Kiryas Joel officials asked the court to withdraw the injunction because of a severe water shortage in order to tap into at least a portion of the 612,000 gallons of water daily that had been allowed by the state.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2sYF7MO), Kiryas Joel has been hoping to solve its current water crisis by tapping into the Cornwall well, part of a 13 ½ mile long pipeline system that has been under construction for years. Opponents of the project have continued a steady barrage of legal challenges, the latest of which resulted in an injunction preventing Kiryas Joel from accessing the Cornwall water while a prior case is appealed to the State Supreme Court.
The pipeline, which would give Kiryas Joel access to New York City’s Catskill Aqueduct, has been opposed by several neighboring towns and villages who say it would deplete the local water supply. Kiryas Joel officials say that those claims are unfounded.