Desnoyers also said that the Constitution Pipeline planners should consult with state foresters regarding such invasive specie as the Emerald Ash borer, an insect threatening ash trees across New York. The insects have been confirmed in the proximity of the proposed pipeline route in northern Delaware County, about 2 miles south of the village of Unadilla in Otsego County.
The pipeline company projects that the FERC will issue a decision in the summer of 2014 on whether the project will be authorized.
The company says it has been responsive to the concerns of state agencies and private property owners and made significant alternations to the original preferred route as the result of the input it has received from the public as well as from state and federal agencies.
Advocates for the project say the pipeline could become a source for natural gas that could meet the energy needs of local schools, health care facilities and businesses. Critics say that after the pipeline company acquires eminent domain authority, the gas it will carry from northeastern Pennsylvania could be converted to liquified natural gas and then shipped overseas.
The nation’s top pipeline regulator, FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, a commission member since 2006, is resigning from his seat on the powerful panel, the Obama administration said Wednesday.