Not all expressing concerns with the project’s impacts want to stop it.
In a comment filed Tuesday with FERC, Lisa Kuehnie, a nutrient management planner with the Schoharie County Soil and Water Conservation District, urged the agency to reroute the pipeline so it does not cross the Stanton Family Farm in Middleburgh. The 1200-acre dairy farm is the largest farm in the county.
Kuehnie said the project would interfere with the farm’s expansion plans, and ability to produce feed for the 925 heads of livestock, including 450 dairy cows. She also said the pipeline could threaten the farm’s ability to stay in compliance with state environmental permits.
On Tuesday, the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities, an environmental group aligned with Stop the Pipeline, urged FERC to update the impact statement by including plans to deter “malicious actions” against the project, including cyber terrorism. Such planing would help ensure that “acts of deliberate tampering and sabotage against the pipeline infrastructure would not result in catastrophic impacts on adjacent communities and eco-systems,” the Richmondville-based group said in the filing.
Among those attending the Amphenol announcement was James Eisel, the chairman of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors. He said the extension of gas service in the county would perk up the local economy and potentially lead to job creation as businesses get access to cheaper energy.
“It would be fantastic if we could move that gas down into our Delhi and Stamford area, and into that whole Route 10 corridor,” said Eisel, who is the Harpersfield town supervisor. “It’s just unbelievable what this could do for our area. I’m a firm believer that if you can lower costs for businesses you will get new jobs. That’s the name of the game. We need more jobs.”