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February 20, 2013

As pipeline filing date nears, many shun survey

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He added: “Constitution is actively working with individual landowners to address their concerns regarding routing on their property as access is granted.”

Anne Marie Garti of East Meredith, one of the organizers of a grassroots opposition group called Stop the Pipeline, said the new survey permission rates show that pipeline opponents are having an impact.

“The landowners are understanding that they’re taken advantage of by a corporation,” Garti said.

She said her analysis of the pipeline company’s own statistics suggests that about 36 percent of the landowners are refusing the surveys. “Everyone who is not saying ‘yes’ is saying ‘no,’” she said. She called the level of resistance “an insurmountable problem” for the pipeline developers.

Garti also contended that many of the landowners who have permitted surveys are opposed to the pipeline project, and resent the fact the pipeline company could end up with eminent domain rights that would empower it to build the pipeline on property whose owners are opposed to its construction.

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