Pipeline hearings this week locally
Jul 11, 2015 12:04 am
[caption id="attachment_43464" align="alignright" width="600"]July 7 meeting at St. Mary's of the Nativity in Nassau, attended by 200 residents from Columbia and Rennselaer Counties opposing Kinder Morgan’s pipeline through Rennselaer county into Massachusetts. Photo from Bob Elmendorf.[/caption]With public hearings this week, there's going to be much media noise about pipelines in New York. Locally the Pilgrim Pipeline is proposed from Albany to New Jersey through Albany, Greene, and Ulster counties. The Constitution Pipeline is proposed through Schoharie and Delaware counties from Albany to Pennslyvania. July 10 Yoko Ono took out a full-page ad in The New York Times asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reject state permits for the Constitution Pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is taking comments for an environmental impact statement that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Northeast Energy Direct Project involving construction and operation of facilities by Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, L.L.C. in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. The Commission will use this EIS in its decision-making process to determine whether the Project is, "in the public convenience and necessity." Hearings locally this week include a session at 6:30 p.m., Tue., July 14, and 7 p.m. Wed., July 15, at Birch Hill Catering, 1 Celebration Way in Castleton-on-Hudson. There's also a 7 p.m., Thu. July 16 session at the Days Inn, 160 Holiday Way in Schoharie.