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May 9, 2013

Pipeline firm eyes effects on wildlife

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According to Audobon, bald eagles have been nesting in that area since 1988.

Christopher Stockton, a spokesman for the pipeline company, said it has yet to be determined whether there are any bald eagle nests within a half mile of the preferred route for the pipeline.

The memo released by FERC notes that pipeline planners met with U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials on April 17.

Stockton said that meeting “was a normal project briefing to give them an update on migratory birds and other environmental surveys currently underway.”

The project is being opposed by a grassroots group, Stop the Pipeline, which contends the gas transmission system is unnecessary, environmentally harmful and would create new dangers for those who would be living near it.

“There is no reason to destroy 2,000 acres of prime forest and farmland for a pipeline that could be located along an existing pipeline easement,” said Anne Marie Garti of East Meredith, an organizer for Stop the Pipeline.

The pipeline company has said its route is the most efficient way to get gas to the New Engalnd and New York City markets and local counties would reap millions of dollars in new revenue once the pipeline infrastructure is in place. Supporters of the project include Amphenol executives, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

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