While the pipeline planners prepare the FERC license application, they also have to address concerns raised by a number of state and federal agencies, including the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The pipeline company has had to conduct surveys to determine if the pipeline pathway cuts through areas inhabited by such threatened species as timber rattlesnakes, Indiana bats and certain rare plants.
The proposed preferred route of the pipeline would cross Clapper Hollow State Forest in Schoharie County, land that is protected by the state DEC.
Asked what steps the agency is taking to protect the forest, a DEC spokeswoman said in an emailed reply that the company has provided maps to the agency showing various routing alternatives for crossing Melony Hill State Forest in Chenango County and Clapper Hollow State Forest.
"DEC was recently informed that additional temporary work spaces may be required at the edge of (at) least two areas of state forests in Schoharie County," said the spokeswoman, Lori Severino. "DEC has asked Constitution to provide a complete set of maps showing all state forest areas along the proposed route that would be impacted by the project, either permanently or temporarily, so that DEC can perform a a comprehensive review of all proposed crossings and work areas."