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January 31, 2013

Landowners report pipeline surveyors to police


Stockton said the law provides for a licensed surveyor to step onto a property without permission in order to get a marker. He also noted: “I understand that there was snow on the ground that day and a visible delineation may have been difficult.

“It is our strict policy to only survey properties where we have obtained permission from the property owner, and it is our goal to treat all land owners with respect and honor their decision with regard to granting survey permission.”

He said the surveyors will work with Adams — who lives out of state — to figure out a new plan for accessing his property.

Stockton acknowledged the property owners making the complaints own parcels that are along the path that his company is eying as the preferred route for the $750 million project.

Sparkes, 28, of Taylor Road, a security supervisor for a local company, said he reported the alleged trespassing to state police. Connors, a nurse employed at a medical facility in Oneonta, said he and his wife, Jeannette Westcott, reported the alleged trespassing to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department — as did Alan Daab.

Delaware County Undersheriff Craig DuMond said a deputy who took the complaints determined that no trespassing charge would be brought against the surveyors in question because they left when instructed to do so by the property owners.

Connors, 54, said he and his wife had sent a certified letter to Jim Wallace, a Constitution Pipeline executive, Jan. 14, denying access to his property “under any circumstances.”

The letter concluded: “This pipeline will potentially affect the safety of our family, the integrity of our water, air and subsequently our peace of mind. We will expect full and fair compensation for the price of our property if the pipeline is placed near it. The safety of our property cannot be guaranteed if the pipeline is placed as proposed.”

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