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Rensselaer County Legislature to vote on pipeline law

Nov 13, 2015 12:03 am
Kenneth C. Crowe II reports in the Albany Times-Union that the Rensselaer County Legislature will vote on a proposed law that will make it more expensive for Kinder Morgan to build its proposed pipeline at a special meeting Nov. 23. This will be the fourth bill before the County Legislature to protect drinking water through regulating blasting, all because of the planned Northeast Energy Direct pipeline. "I appreciate and applaud the ability of the residents for sending a message — this pipeline is not wanted," Legislature Chairman Stan Brownell, R-Hoosick. The report says the legislation would, "require testing of drinking water within a one-mile radius of a blasting site; a two-mile radius around federal Superfund sites, which addresses the Dewey Loeffel site in Nassau; sets standards for testing groundwater used for drinking water; has no sunset clause; and allows municipalities in the county to opt in or out of coverage by the law. The pipeline is planned tp carry fracked natural gas near the towns of Schodack and Nassau from Albany County, and into Massachusetts. Read the full story in the Albany Times-Union.
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