Rep. John Kosmer, D-Fly Creek, argued that those pitching the resolution had failed to do sufficient research and supporters of the Route M resolution “are going to be voting for non-due diligence and poor governance.”
Rep. James Powers, R-Butternuts, said it was “probably inevitable” that the pipeline will be constructed, pointing out that President Barack Obama favors natural gas development and wields political control over FERC.
“The only question is who is going to have any say over where it goes, and it would be irresponsible for us not to have our voices lined up to say where it should go,” Powers said.
Contacted by The Daily Star, Christopher Stockton, spokesman for the Constitution Pipeline, said he believes the county board’s vote “will get FERC’s attention” because it represents the views of elected officials put into office by large numbers of people.
Stockton said pipeline representatives are continuing to reach out to potentially impacted landowners in order to develop the “least impactful” pathway for the 121-mile line that will run gas from Pennsyvlvania to the town of Wright in Schoharie County.
In addition to Rowinski, Stuligross, Powers and McCarty, those backing the pipeline included board Chairwoman Kathleen Clark, R-Otego, Reps. Edwin Frazier Jr., R-Unadilla, Betty Anne Schwerd, R-Burlington, and Donald Lindberg, R-Worcester.
Opposing the resolution, in addition to Kosmer, Rosenthal and Koutnik, were Rich Murphy, D-Town of Oneonta, and Catherine Rothenberger, D-City of Oneonta.