The Army Corps’ letter was warmly received by the grassroots opposition group Stop the Pipeline, which contends the natural gas transmission system would endanger the region’s natural resources and attract shale gas hydrofracking operations to set up near it.
One of the organizers for that group, Anne Marie Garti of East Meredith said the Corps’ concerns pose a significant new obstacle for the pipeline.
“As we’ve said from the beginning, we are not powerless, and this is not a done deal,” Garti said. “It is particularly refreshing to have the support of a federal agency, like the Army Corps of Engineers, in this environmental review.”
Bruce, reached by The Daily Star on Monday, said gaining access to the parcels in question is not necessarily crucial to coming up with an inventory of the waterways that could be impacted by the project, because high-tech devices could be used to help delineate those water bodies.
But he added that a walking the land is far more preferable.
“Our stance is we would like to get those areas delineated on the ground in order to be as accurate as possible,” he said.
Many of the landowners who have balked at the surveys have told The Daily Star that they resent the fact the pipeline company could end up with eminent domain rights that would empower it to build the pipeline on their property against their will.
The pipeline developers have said the system would carry enough gas to power 3 million homes a day in the Boston and New York City metropolitan areas.