Schoharie County

Natural gas the subject of Wednesday meeting with Cuomo

Schoharie County officials will join other county leaders, health experts and activists in Albany on
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Schoharie County officials will join other county leaders, health experts and activists in Albany on Wednesday morning to call on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to study the effects of natural-gas infrastructure such as pipes and compressor stations the way the state studied hydrofracking.

That seven-year study led to a ban on the controversial drilling practice earlier this year.

Schoharie County officials have been heavily involved in the push for a comprehensive health impact assessment of these projects as officials confront two major pipelines proposed to cut through the county — the Constitution Pipeline and the Northeast Energy Direct Project.

The projects not only would run 30-inch pipes from the southern border to the town of Wright, but build two new compressor stations along the way and expand the capacity of the compressor station in Wright.

On Wednesday, Earl Van Wormer, chairman of the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors, will join Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy, Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen Jimino, and representatives of the health community — including some who were involved in the fracking study — in Albany to “highlight the need to examine health risks currently overlooked by regulators,” according to a news release.

Schoharie County supervisors held a similar event at the state Capitol Building in April and have been working to get other counties on board.

The effort has been bolstered by calls for further study of natural-gas infrastructure by the American Medical Association and the Medical Society of the State of New York.

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