The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission extended the period for public comments on the environmental impact of the Constitution Pipeline in upstate New York, a step the local press said was in response to critics of the pipeline.
Among the new filings with the FERC, the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation stated their concerns with proposed alternative routes and the impact those routes could have on state parks in Schoharie County. The Pace Environmental Law Clinic raised the issue of whether the comment period that followed announcement of possible changes allowed sufficient time for comments or if it was in violation of due process rights.
As quoted in the Oneonta, NY newspaper, “The Daily Star”: “A thorough analysis of the need for this project must be performed,” wrote Daniel Estrin, a supervising attorney for the Pace clinic, and Anne Marie Garti of East Meredith, a legal intern. “Existing contracts must be disclosed and consumer demand calculated to determine if there is sufficient capacity in existing — or already proposed — pipelines to meet the public’s need for natural gas in the United States.”
The story has been reported extensively in the New York State press. The Daily Star article can be read here.