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January 31, 2013

Landowners report pipeline surveyors to police

Residents of three households in Davenport say their private property rights were violated last week when land surveyors for the Constitution Pipeline project traipsed on their land.

Two couples reported what they called trespassing to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, while one of their neighbors said he called state police to report the incidents.

In all three cases, the residents said they had put the pipeline company on notice — via certified letters — that they were refusing to grant access to the land surveyors.

Those letters, they said, were sent in response to notifications from the company that their land needed to be surveyed because it was on the proposed pathway for the 121-mile natural gas transmission system.

Alan Daab, a retiree from Long Island who relocated to Davenport with his wife, Colette, 16 years ago, said he sent his letter to the Constitution Pipeline’s Albany office Dec. 4. Last Thursday, he said, he noticed one of the surveyors on his property and confronted him.

“I told the guy about the letter I sent to the company, and he said he wasn’t aware of it,” said Daab, noting he lives on Winn Lane, which is private property.

“They knew they were not supposed to go onto our property — under no circumstances,” said Daab’s wife, Colette.

Said Alan Daab: “I told him this is a private road, and he said, ‘Sorry, I didn’t see a sign,’ — even though there is a sign right there. You can’t go down the road without being on private property.”

Christopher Stockton, spokesman for Constitution Pipeline, said the surveyors had been given permission by another landowner, Waldo Adams, to survey his property and were working on Taylor Road, a public right of way. Taylor Road runs near the Daab property as well as the homes of Steven Connors and Josh Sparkes, who also said a surveyor walked on their properties.

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