Orange County, NY - Kiryas Joel Beats Back Legal Challenges Against Cornwall Well

Published on: May 24th, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Orange County, NY - Plans to continue building a well in Cornwall will go forward after an acting Supreme Court justice threw out two lawsuits questioning the validity of the well’s permit, according to a report by Record Online (

Last year On October 1, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a permit to Kiryas Joel to connect the well in Cornwall to a pipeline being built in the Catskill Aqueduct in New Windsor. Approximately 612,000 gallons a day are expected to be pumped from the well, greatly increasing Kiryas Joel’s water supply until pipeline construction is completed and can be connected to New York City’s water supply.

However, opponents of the $56.5 million project, now in its fourth year, filed two different lawsuits seeking to nullify the permit, alleging that the DEC and the village did not consider how the well pumping would affect neighboring wells and water levels in Moodna and Woodbury creeks.

Justice Henry Zwack disagreed with that contention, finding that both the village and the agency had submitted “overwhelming evidence” that there was a “rational basis” for the DEC to sanction the well.

Situated off Route 32 in the Mountainville area of Cornwall, the well is housed about half-way along the 13.5-mile-long pipeline Kiryas Joel is building to access the Catskill’s Aqueduct.

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