Anne Marie Garti, one of the organizers of the grassroots opposition group Stop the There, said Baxter’s letter to FERC shows that Constitution Pipeline “is using FERC to get easements for gathering lines. There is no eminent domain for gathering lines. They would never be able to get easement agreements for gathering lines.”
The companies that have become partners in the pipeline project are involved in shale gas fracking in northeastern Pennsylvania. However, that form of drilling is not permitted at this time in New York. Constitution Pipeline has said from the beginning of the project that the line would be used to move gas extracted from Pennsylvania to Schoharie County, and that there are no plans to take in gas harvested in New York.