At a glance
There are four public hearings scheduled for those wishing to comment on the Constitution Pipeline proposal. The hearing nearest to the Capital Region will be held Monday, March 31, at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, 1353 Route 7, Richmondville. More information about the pipeline can be found online at http://constitutionpipeline.com or on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission website, www.ferc.gov.
Federal regulators this week released environmental review documents and scheduled four public hearings for the Constitution Pipeline proposal.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a draft environmental impact statement for the proposal to build a 124-mile natural gas pipeline from northeastern Pennsylvania to the compressor station in the Schoharie County town of Wright.
The inches-thick stack of documents also includes environmental details for the related Wright Interconnect Projects — plans to build a compressor station in Wright to handle additional natural gas through the system.
Constitution Pipeline is applying for permission to build the new pipeline to send up to 650,000 dekatherms of natural gas daily to the New York and New England markets.
The company estimates that much gas could supply as many as 3 million homes.
In a statement issued Wed-
nesday, Constitution describes the proposal as a means to get around “infrastructure bottlenecks” that exposed consumers to high gas and electricity costs this winter.
“The Constitution Pipeline would become a key piece of natural gas infrastructure in the U.S. Northeast. The pipeline project supports the region’s goals to bolster overall reliability and diversification of energy infrastructure and helps the nation realize the full benefit of abundant, domestically produced, clean-burning natural gas,” the statement reads.
The draft environmental impact statement involved the cooperation of a variety of agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration and the New York state Department of Agriculture and Markets, FERC said.
These documents detail the potential environmental effects of building and operating the pipeline and the facilities required to operate it. These include two new meter stations, two interconnections, 11 valves and a box for launching and receiving a pipeline inspection tool called a pig.
FERC mailed out copies of the documents to a variety of agencies and made the documents available online.
The public can comment on the paperwork until April 7.