New comment period opened for gas pipeline proposal

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a new public comment period on a wa
Hundreds attend a hearing on the proposed Constitution Pipeline project at the Cobleskill-Richmondville high school auditorium Monday night.
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Hundreds attend a hearing on the proposed Constitution Pipeline project at the Cobleskill-Richmondville high school auditorium Monday night.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a new public comment period on a water quality review for the proposed Constitution Pipeline, which would cross four New York counties before ending in the Schoharie County town of Wright.

The new 15-day comment period opened Wednesday and will close May 14. The first public comment period, which had been extended, ended Feb. 27.

According to the DEC, the long winter delayed necessary field work by DEC staff regarding potential effects on wetlands and water quality, forcing Constitution to re-submit its Water Quality Certificate application, unchanged, which is again subject to public comment.

The proposed 124-mile Constitution Pipeline would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania north through Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties.

The project received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in December, conditional upon final permits from DEC and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In a news release, DEC noted that those who have already submitted comments do not have to resubmit them.

According to DEC, review of the application is “ongoing” and resubmission of the application “is not expected to unduly delay the agency’s final determination.”

Written comments should be submitted to:

Stephen M. Tomasik

DEC – Division of Environmental Permits

625 Broadway, 4th Floor

Albany, NY 12233-1750

[email protected]

Copies of the FEIS and DEC permit application documents can be viewed online at www.constitutionpipeline.com.

Printed copies are available at:

The Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St., Binghamton

The Afton Free Library, 105A Main St., Afton

The Bainbridge Free Library, 13 N Main St., Bainbridge

The Franklin Free Library, 334 Main St., Franklin

Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St., Sidney

Deposit Free Library, 159 Front St., Deposit

The Community Library, 110 Union St., Cobleskill

Schoharie Free Library, 103 Knower Ave., Schoharie

Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta

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