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February 27, 2014

Pipeline planners dole out local grants


Said Constitution’s project manager, Matt Swift: “Constitution Pipeline is committed to being a good neighbor by putting safety, environmental stewardship and community support at the heart of our operations.”

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will determine if the project is licensed. The agency is now gathering public comment on a draft environmental impact statement that determined while the pipeline would have some “adverse” impacts, they could be mitigated.

Stop the Pipeline held a meeting in Oneonta this week, urging local residents to sound off on the environmental statement. The project will also require permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. FERC has scheduled a series of public comment meetings on the impact statement in late March and early April.

Other organizations getting pipeline grants include the Sidney Center Fire Department, which took in $25,000 to help it build a new fire station, and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, which landed $15,000 to help it upgrade its web site.

Another $20,000 went to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office for an automatic external defibrillator unit.

In Chenango County, Constitution Pipeline funneled $25,000 to VFW Post 3529 in Afton for repairs to its building.

Constitution said it has set Sept. 30 as the deadline for applications for the next round of grants.

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