Prior to the resolution vote, several members of the audience raised their hands and insisted that they be allowed to make statements. Eisel, however, said they could not offer their input during the meeting.
Sidney Town Supervisor Bob McCarthy, an enthusiastic supporter of the pipeline and shale gas development, suggested many opponents of hydraulic fracturing are only part-time residents of the region. He said he tells them: “If you want to discourage fracking, ban gas in New York City, where your other house is.”
He and other pro-pipeline supervisors suggested the project could provide natural gas for the Amphenol plant and thus help preserve hundreds of jobs at the manufacturing plant located in Sidney.
Capouya said she was convinced that if the Constitution Pipeline is permitted by FERC, it would lead to the energy industry bringing drilling operations to the county. She also said that building the pipeline would involve blasting operations that would likely have harmful environmental consequences.
So far, the FERC has held three public scoping hearings on the project, two of which - in Schoharie and Afton - were dominated by pipeline opponents. The FERC has scheduled a fourth scoping hearing for Oct. 24 in Oneonta.