You did It! On May 14, FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) asked Constitution Pipeline for more information and said it cannot adhere to the schedule calling for the release of the final EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) in June.
Yes—yet another delay for this unnecessary, unwanted pipeline. Per FERC, “additional questions are a result of comments received by the public and other agencies during the draft EIS comment period.” Huge thanks to all who commented. YOU made this happen.
ACTION: Save the letters you wrote, and be prepared to write more. It’s our opinion that FERC must re-open the public comment period once Constitution submits all of the information and documents that have been requested.
Click here to read FERC’s most recent request for more information.
In April, the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the NY State Attorney General’s Office, the NYDEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and other agencies concluded that FERC's DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) was incomplete. Among other things, these agencies found that:
A 30-inch high-pressure underground pipeline should NOT run primarily through forests, fields, farmland and across ridge tops.
Co-locating the transmission line along Interstate 88 “has not been fully evaluated.” Co-locating a pipeline along an existing right-of-way is not only consistent with FERC policy; it’s required by regulations governing FERC.
LANDOWNERS FLIP THE SCRIPT ON EMINENT DOMAIN
Landowners are refusing to sign right-of-way agreements with Constitution Pipeline, instead opting to force the pipeline company to go through eminent domain proceedings if the project is approved. This Public Radio report from early May tells the story.
It’s no longer a single landowner against the pipeline company. It’s all of the landowners joined together with everybody else against the pipeline company, says Anne Marie Garti, a founding member of STP, and a volunteer attorney at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic.
EXPORTING FRACKED GAS IS NOT ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
Constitution Pipeline has been endorsed by a number of businesses and organizations that stand to make big profits in exchange for your land, safety and security -- and that of your family, friends and neighbors -- if the pipeline is built. Constitution tells FERC, landowners and reporters that the fracked gas that would travel through the pipeline will supply the Northeast region of the U.S. However, Constitution tells its shareholders that this gas will be sold and transported overseas -- to the highest bidder. Is this the way to U.S. energy independence?
Call Governor Cuomo (518-474-8390). Tell him to halt the expanded use of dirty natural gas in New York and to be a leader for clean, alternative energy sources.
Attend Stop the Pipeline meetings.
Check the STP homepage
for dates and times.
Forward this newsletter to other landowners and concerned citizens.
THE PEOPLE VERSUS BIG ENERGY
New York is just one U.S. state leading grassroots efforts to keep Big-Gas and Big-Oil pipelines from destroying its farms, ranches, forests and state parks. Check out this recent inspiring New York Times story about a group of Nebraska citizens fighting their own pipeline – the Keystone XL.