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Nassau officials may launch investigation into Kinder Morgan tactics

Jan 06, 2016 5:45 am

Kenneth C. Crowe II is reporting in the Times Union the town of Nassau is preparing to investigate allegations of misconduct by individuals affiliated with the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline, and the impact on local properties. Residents have complained about alleged trespassing by pipeline representatives, Supervisor David Fleming said. There are specific complaints they passed themselves off as working for the town and have identified themselves as members of law enforcement. Fleming also said, "The town has recently learned that the pipeline company is proposing the use of town property and rights of way for construction of this pipeline. Detailed maps of this construction pathway have been requested but have not been supplied [by Kinder Morgan]." The town is consulting with legal counsel about the possibility of investigating the allegations and subpoenaing witnesses to testify. Kinder Morgan spokesman Richard Wheatley denied there was a problem, and said the company has provided the town with the requested information. "We remain in a steady working dialogue," Wheatley said. Fleming said the Town Board is weighing whether it would formally open an investigation. The board will meet next week in executive session to discuss next steps. The 133-mile Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline would connect gas wells in Pennsylvania to facilities in the Schoharie County town of Wright, crossing the towns of Nassau, Schodack and Stephentown in southern Rensselaer County. Read the full story in the Times Union.

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