Agency responses to Constitution pipeline DEIS

Four agencies have specifically stated the DEIS is deficient, must be revised, and possibly supplemented. (The Army Corps feels the same, but, as a Cooperating Agency, didn’t use those terms.)

All five call for greater studies of alternative routes along existing easements. The specific requests vary by agency.

They all think going through interior / upland forests, and forested wetlands, is madness.

Most have said that the DEIS is incomplete because 24% (30 miles) of the proposed route HAVE NOT BEEN SURVEYED.

— big round of applause for the resisting landowners!

Here are links to the heavy weight agency comments:

Comment of US Environmental Protection Agency under CP13-499.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140409-5120

U.S. Department of the Interior Submits Comments under  Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Constitution Pipeline and Wright Interconnect Projects, Pennsylvania and New York CP13-499 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140408-5035

Comment of Army Corp of Engineers under CP13-499.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140408-5149

Comment of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation under CP13-499 et al.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140407-5409

Comment of New York Public Service Commission under CP13-499.
http://elibrary.FERC.gov/idmws/file_list.asp?accession_num=20140407-5001

I’m slowing reading everyone’s comments. It will take some time for me to get through them all.

We’ve really done a remarkable job. Thanks to everyone for your time and financial contributions.
Anne Marie

Preble Takes a Stand

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A model for other Cortland Co. towns?  There are actually over 200 NY towns/cities/counties that have imposed bans or moratoria on various aspects of fossil fuel extraction, production, transportation and infrastructure.  Except for very specific bans on selling municipal water and processing fracking waste at the Cortland’s municipal treatment plant, this is the first ban in Cortland County and one of the most comprehensive state-wide.  This ban is based on the town’s comprehensive plan and on a revision of the zoning code,  local and external legal and technical consultation and extensive official and citizen participation.

Preble’s ban recognizes that the threats to its agricultural and rural character extend far beyond the drilling of gas wells because explosive fossil fuels require massive industrialization–pipelines, storage facilities, surface transportation by trucks and rail, compressors, etc.  Even if the NY hydrofracking ban remains in place, the fossil fuel infrastructure will continue to expand.

Concerns go beyond “worry” about water contamination, explosions, health dangers, economic boom and bust and destruction of existing economies.  Research from PA, CO, TX and other heavily industrialized fossil fuel production areas is providing proof that these impacts are real and significant.  This week’s fatal gas main explosion in New York City reminds us that continuing to rely on fossil fuels and our aging infrastructure is a dead end.

Preble Bans Fossil Industrialization

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Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany – NYTimes.com

Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany – NYTimes.com.

Feb. 13, 2014: Tom Wilber, Tom West, Chris Denton, Joseph Campbell | Member Supported Public Television, Radio |WCNY

Feb. 13, 2014: Tom Wilber, Tom West, Chris Denton, Joseph Campbell | Member Supported Public Television, Radio |WCNY.

Susan Arbetter discusses the latest fracking and natural gas storage developments in New York  State with Under the Surface author Tom Wilber, attorneys Tom West and Chris Denton, and Gas Free Seneca’s Joseph Campbell.

Final environmental review for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline acknowledges significant climate impact and sets stage for rejection | Danielle Droitsch’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Final environmental review for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline acknowledges significant climate impact and sets stage for rejection | Danielle Droitsch’s Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC.

1-Paul Connett: Why Ash for Trash is Bad for Cortland County – YouTube

1-Paul Connett: Why Ash for Trash is Bad for Cortland County – YouTube.

Second CNG station coming to Kirkwood | Press & Sun-Bulletin | pressconnects.com

Second CNG station coming to Kirkwood | Press & Sun-Bulletin | pressconnects.com.

This general location is close to I81 and must be pretty close to a nat. gas trunk line.
There will now be a total of 3 such filling stations in Broome County; one has been there a long time and is also adjacent to I81 a bit further north.
Note the pricing at $2.69 per gallon equivalent doesnt include the $0.50 NY road tax that is always applied to gasoline and diesel – subsidy for nat. gas.
 S

Alabama derailment reignites oil transport concerns – The Globe and Mail

Alabama derailment reignites oil transport concerns – The Globe and Mail.

Landowners, lawyers meet over pipeline » Local News » The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY – otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

Landowners, lawyers meet over pipeline » Local News » The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY – otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports.

 

Informational meeting on Tues. Nov. 19 in Onondaga County.  Details to be announced.

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