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May 30, 2014

In Your Opinion: With pipelines come invasive species

At what price, Mr. Zagata, at what price your Constitution pipeline? When I heard you speak about how songbirds benefit from pipeline construction, meanwhile choosing to ignore other well-documented threats to fish and wildlife, your smoke-and-mirror game of playing environmentalist was exposed as a sham. 

As an open-minded environmentalist, you should have addressed the explosion of invasive species associated with pipeline construction in Pennsylvania, but you didn’t. Are you familiar with Japanese stiltgrass, “mile-a-minute” week or Tree of Heaven? I would guess you probably are. They’re invasive plants hitchhiking into Pennsylvania on the equipment, vehicles and boots of construction workers coming from other parts of the country. These plants, in fact, choke out bird habitat along pipelines and well pads, and are yearly responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to Pennsylvania timber and agricultural products. And then there’s the consequent loss of many jobs associated with those industries. 

So Mr. Zagata, while your Citizen Voices and others blindly cheer your pipeline from the sidelines, many more citizens’ voices are asking “At what price, please?”

Mike Empey

West Oneonta

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