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Draft pipeline report issued

Archaeological sites along route

Monday, February 25, 2013
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— Scientists identified two dozen archaeological sites along the 30-mile stretch of the proposed route for the Constitution Pipeline in Schoharie County, and 10 of them would require deviations in the route or additional study if the project is approved.

Also, the 122-mile-long pipeline would cross water 153 times in New York and 43 in Pennsylvania.

Those and other findings are among details Constitution Pipeline submitted to federal regulators as part of the pre-filing process for the project.

The draft resource reports provided to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mark a major step in the process begun last year when the company initiated the pre-filing process with the goal of getting a 30-inch natural gas pipeline in the ground to transport gas from northeastern Pennsylvania to a compressor station in the town of Wright in Schoharie County.

The pipeline, if approved, would run just over 30 miles through the Schoharie County towns of Summit, Jefferson, Richmondville, Cobleskill, Middleburgh, Schoharie and Wright.

Constitution Pipeline spokesman Christopher Stockton in an email Monday said the resource reports are all drafts submitted for early review as part of FERC’s streamlined review process.

“These Draft Resource Reports are submitted early to give cooperating environmental agencies an opportunity to review the data and provide comment prior to our application submittal,” Stockton said.

“This is a normal part of the pre-filing process, designed to ensure that the certificate application is thorough and complete. The cooperating agencies will submit comments that will be incorporated and addressed in the Final Resource Reports when they are submitted this spring.”

Constitution Pipeline expects to file a formal application for project approval possibly in June, Stockton said.

At that point, FERC will begin its environmental review of the proposal, FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen said Monday.

Public review and comment periods will follow, she said.

 
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