Told that Nied argued that using the property as a staging area for the pipeline would jeopardize the safety of school children, Galasso said. “He’s ridiculous. He’s an idiot. He’s anti-everything. He doesn’t want wind, he doesn’t want gas, he doesn’t want fuel, he doesn’t want nukes. He just wants what he wants.”
Galasso said the only activities on his property that would facilitate the construction of the pipeline would involve the storage and maintenance of equipment. He emphasized there would be no construction work there.
Lancaster Development is described on the company’s website as a $60 million heavy construction firm that has grown steadily since it was founded in 1947 by August Galasso, the great uncle of Mayor Galasso and Martin Galasso Jr.
Mayor Galasso said the land in Richmondville will only be rented to the pipeline company if it is in full compliance with all state and federal regulations.”
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, an agency that has sweeping powers over proposed pipeline projects, is expected to act next year on the application for a license to construct the 122-mile natural gas transmission system.
The line would run from Susquehanna County, Pa., and cross parts of Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties before ending in the Schoharie town of Wright.
The Daily Star reported on Wednesday that the pipeline planners are also proposing to locate a staging area off state Route 7 in the town of Maryland, near Exit 18 of Interstate 88. The Maryland parcel is owned by Worcester Town Justice Alton Travis III.