“I think the pipeline company’s biggest hurdle is to prove that they don’t have capacity in the current gas system,” Valente said. “I’m kind of a prognosticator, and I don’t put this pipeline as having a better than 60 percent chance of making it. There is a very strong and compelling argument at this time to use existing infrastructure.”
A week ago, the Otsego County Board of Representatives passed a resolution endorsing the Route M option after numerous citizens suggested the board should hold off until FERC decided on whether to extend the comment period and hold a scoping hearing close to Oneonta. Supporters of that measure said they had to act before Tuesday, because that was the deadline initially given for public comments.
In Delaware County, Meredith Town Supervisor Keitha Capouya said she is firmly opposed to the Constitution Pipeline and will vote against the resolution today. But she predicted a majority of the panel’s members will endorse the project, with the qualifiers that it benefit local communities.
What she said she believes are the project’s negative environmental consequences outweigh any revenue local governments would gain, and she expressed skepticism towards the estimates of revenue that the Constitution Pipeline has indicated the presence of the infrastructure could generate for local governments.
“For some reason, the allegiance always goes toward the company — and not the people who are damaged,” said Capouya, a Democrat.