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July 9, 2013

Local Audubon group takes aim at pipeline

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Garti said those who wait until after July 17 to become intervenors can still become a party to the matter, but the process will be more cumbersome, she pointed out.

“The longer you wait, the harder it is to get in,” Garti said.

In Sidney, Mayor Matviak said local residents are strongly supportive of the pipeline, especially since it has the potential to bring natural gas directly to the Amphenol plant through a feeder line that could run off a tap installed on the Constitution Pipeline.

“It’s going to be very beneficial to the community,” he said.

The pipeline would transmit shale gas harvested in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County to existing interstate pipelines in the Schoharie County town of Wright. From there, it would be sent to the Boston and New York City markets, where it would supply enough gas to power up to 3 million homes a day, according to the project planners.

The Daily Star has reported that the pipeline route would cut through a state forest in Schoharie County as well as the Cannonsville/Steam/Mill area in Chenango, Delaware and Broome counties, an area that has been designated by Audubon as an “Important Bird Area.”

Mason said the site is home to a large number of nesting bald eagles, and for an assemblage of forest birds that are vulnerable to impacts from forest fragmentation.

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