The parks agency also objected to the proposed Route M, as that would have taken the pipeline through Robert Riddell State Park in Otsego County.
After that fact was pointed out last month by The Daily Star, Stockton said the route would be altered to avoid the Riddell park.
Among numerous new comments sent to the FERC on Tuesday, representatives of the environmental law clinic at Pace University’s School of Law advised the federal agency that providing citizens with only a three-week window to make comments after the Route M was first defined was violative of their due process rights.
“A thorough analysis of the need for this project must be performed,” wrote Daniel Estrin, a supervising attorney for the Pace clinic, and Anne Marie Garti of East Meredith, a legal intern. “Existing contracts must be disclosed and consumer demand calculated to determine if there is sufficient capacity in existing — or already proposed — pipelines to meet the public’s need for natural gas in the United States.”