The $750 million “Constitution Pipeline,” backed by Cabot Oil and Gas and Williams pipeline company, continues to be a hot topic of debate for officials and citizens in New York. The planned 120-mile pipeline would transport gas from Susquehanna County in Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, New York.
The debate stems from the possibility of the pipeline running through flood-prone areas. Some officials, including the Schoharie Village mayor, as well as residents would rather the pipeline pass through an area closer to Interstate 88, avoiding the village watershed.
Supporters of the current proposed location (through the watershed) are wasting no time moving forward and have already put in a pre-filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, who have the final say. A Constitution spokesman said that there are several problems with building the pipeline near Interstate 88, including mountainous terrain, densely populated areas and Susquehanna River crossings.
Location isn’t the only concern. During a town hall-styled meeting in Schoharie County on Tuesday, landowners were angered to learn that, if the pipeline is approved, eminent domain laws could force them to give up their land whether they want to sell or not.
As stated above, the final approval for the Constitution Pipeline will come from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.