Stockton, responding to the concerns raised about the construction schedule, wrote in his email: “We are actively engaged with the NYDEC regarding the stream crossing construction window. We are exploring all of our options to avoid, minimize and mitigate environmental impacts, including the possible utilization of specialized construction techniques. We will address these issues in detail when we file our application in June.”
Garti said whatever reservations the DEC may have with the project don’t seem to be having an impact on the pipeline company’s plans.
“The DEC is telling them what the rules are, and the pipeline company is obviously not going to follow them,” she said.
FERC has told the pipeline company to examine whether it is feasible to co-locate the pipeline along existing natural gas transmission systems in order to send the gas to the New England and New York City markets.
The company is hoping to have the pipeline built and in service by March 2015.