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Gibson to oppose Northeast natural gas pipeline

Nov 12, 2015 5:48 am
Scott Waldman is reporting at Politico New York U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson said Wed., Nov. 11, he will work against one of the major proposed natural gas pipelines that would cross New York. Gibson said developers of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline have offered little to the property owners whose land it will cross, and that project developers were attempting to impose their will on local communities. That pipeline would run 412 miles from Pennsylvania through Central New York to the Capital Region and into the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Gibson said he supports the Constitution pipeline in the Southern Tier and Schoharie Valley. That pipeline is still awaiting state approval. Both pipelines cross through the 19th Congressional District. The 124-mile Constitution pipeline will run through Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties. The plan also calls for the upgrading of an existing compressor station. Gibson said he has three criteria that he uses to weigh support for a pipeline: Local benefits, respect for property rights and the companies' safety records. He said he felt Constitution met his standards, but Northeast Energy Direct had not. Read the full story at Politico New York.