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November 27, 2012

Company: Safeguards planned to protect pipeline from attack

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The filing by Constitution Pipeline addressed a broad range of criticisms leveled at the project by owners of parcels along the pipeline’s proposed route as well as environmental activists who argued it posed a threat to waterways, farms, forests and wildlife.

Anne Marie Garti of East Meredith, one of the organizers of the grassroots group Stop the Pipeline, said the document should be viewed by FERC as “technical spin” from a company “trying to diminish the validity of the comments” registered by those opposed to the project.

“They should do their own job and not let the developer downplay all the issues,” Garti said of FERC.

Powell, addressing concerns that the pipeline would threaten public water supplies, assured FERC that the route has been shifted away from the Cobleskill Reservoir.

He also said that “Constitution will not practice widespread, indiscriminate use or aerial application of herbicides. However, it should be noted that limited and controlled use of herbicides can be a sustainable and environmentally preferable method for control of invasive and woody species vegetation along a pipeline ROWs (right-of-ways) in appropriate circumstances.”

The 30-inch, 121-mile pipeline would run natural gas extracted in northeastern Pennsylvania to two existing interstate pipelines in the town of Wright in Schoharie County. From there, the gas would be sent to the Boston and New York City markets, where it provide energy to about three million customers, according to the pipeline planners.

If the $750 million project is approved, construction would begin in 2014, and the line would become operational in March 2015, the planners have said.

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