Local Hearing Scheduled to Address Constitution Pipeline Concerns
Now that the fracking controversy has been ended and opposition to the "Safe act" winding down slowly, the issue of the Constitution Pipeline is now under fire. A grassroots citizens group,"Stop the Pipeline" has filed a new legal brief which argues that Federal regulators jumped the gun when they issued a conditional approval for the pipeline before applications for environmental permits were acted upon. They are also asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to stop all eminent domain proceedings against property owners who have not signed an easement agreement. The company says they have already settled with 80% of the landowners affected by the pipeline. The Pipeline would stretch from Northern Pa through parts of Chenango, Delaware, Schoharie and Broome Counties. Pipeline owners want to begin the project as early as March, area residents are invited to a DEC hearing on the pipeline January 13th at 6 pm at SUNY Oneonta lecture Hall IRC #3.