Hundreds turn out at pipeline hearing
Jan 16, 2015 12:03 am
Bert More reports in The Mountain Eagle that hundreds of people from Delaware, Otsego, and Chenango counties and elsewhere, commented on the proposed Constitution Pipeline in Oneonta Tue. Jan. 13, though he admits he left early. The state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held the hearing about the proposed pipeline that would run largely on the I-88 corridor from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, and is one of many proposed pipeline and power line projects currently criss-crossing the Catskills and Hudson Valley. The "Watershed Post" blog reports that the pipeline has filed 121 eminent domain lawsuits against property owners along the route who don't want the pipeline to cross their land, and that 81 percent of the 625 landowners along the route have signed easements with the pipeline company. The story mostly reports on many local residents expressing environmental concerns, though there was a large union presence in favor of the project. In Greene, Albany, and Ulster counties, a similar project, the Pilgrim Pipeline, is proposed. The DEC has extended its public comment period on the Constitution Pipeline to Feb. 27. Read the full story in The Mountain Eagle.