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July 16, 2013

FERC glitch irks pipeline foes

COOPERSTOWN — A Cobleskill-based environmental group is asking federal regulators to extend by one month the deadline for the public to file for intervenor status in the license application filed by the developers of the proposed Constitution Pipeline.
The delay is needed, according to Robert Nied, the director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Communities, because the software used for intervenor status requests on the Federal Energy regulatory Commission’s web site is incompatible with one of the most popular web browsers on the market — Internet Explorer Version 10.
The site, he said, has been creating havoc for “dozens” of people who have Version 10 of Internet Explorer and have tried unsuccessfully to submit motions requesting intervenor status.
The deadline for sending the requests to FERC is midnight Wednesday. Nied said he is asking FERC to move the deadline to one month after the software glitch is resolved.
FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young Allen, contacted by The Daily Star at her office at FERC headquarters in Washington, D.C., said her agency is aware of the software problem. The FERC site, she said, points out that Internet Explorer Version 10 won’t work for those seeking to use the site for intervenor applications, and recommends that they use the Google Chrome browser instead.
She added that the site does support the Internet Explorer Version 9 browser, and citizens trying to file documents could simply download that when they encounter difficulties using Version 10.
People who don’t have access to computers capable of logging onto the FERC site also have the option of contacting the federal agency by traditional mail, Allen said. If they have had problems with the web site, she said, they are advised to get a screen shot of the error message and include that with their letter. And FERC will consider intervenor motions after the Wednesday deadline, she added.

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