“If they were confident they wouldn’t have to pull this publicity stunt,” she said. “They are posturing to make it look like this is a done deal, when it’s not.”
The project, she added, must also win the blessing of the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“Those two agencies are not in the pocket of the gas industry,” Garti said. “And it’s not so clear that even FERC is going to approve the project.”
Meanwhile, the project manager for the Constitution Pipeline, Matt Swift, is scheduled to meet with Amphenol Aerospace executives at the company headquarters in Sidney today for an announcement relating to the pipeline.
Sidney Mayor Andy Matviak told The Daily Star that Amphenol is expected to announce that it will be getting gas from a feeder pipeline that would run from the Constitution Pipeline to the plant.
“This is very exciting for us because it will help both our local residents and our business people,” Matviak said.
The pipeline would traverse part of the village - at 3,900 people, the most populous in Delaware County - in the vicinity of Pine Hill, the mayor said.
Also expected to attend the press announcement are: James Eisel, the chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors, Joseph P. Mirabito, a board member of Leathestocking Gas Company, Amphenol Vice President Gary Anderson and Bruce J. Hodges, president of Local Lodge 1529 of the International Association of Machinist & Aerospace Workers.