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June 12, 2013

Pipeline firms eye stockyard sites

Schoharie, Otsego lots could store equipment

Planners of the Constitution Pipeline have identified sites in Otsego and Schoharie counties that could potentially be used as temporary stockyards for equipment and supplies during the construction of the proposed 122-mile natural gas transmission system.

In Otsego County, the pipeline planners are eying a 12.2-acre parcel off State Route 7 in the town of Maryland, close to Exit 18 off Interstate 88, according to information supplied to county officials by AECOM, an international construction company with offices in Trevose, Pa.

In the Schoharie County town of Richmondville, a 14.5-acre parcel near Route 7 and I-88 is also under consideration.

The 30-inch-diameter piping as well as construction equipment could be stored in those locations if the project is approved by federal regulators.

The Constitution Pipeline LLC, a partnership of four major players in the energy industry, is expected to submit its license application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week, possibly as early as Thursday, officials said. The pipeline company is hoping to commence construction activities and wants to have the transmission system in service by March 2015.

The Maryland property is owned by Alton Travis III of Worcester. A Worcester town justice who was reached at his courtroom office Tuesday afternoon, Travis declined comment on the possibility that the staging area will be located on his parcel.

The owner of the parcel in Richmondville could not be immediately determined.

Worcester Town Board Member Dave Parker, a strong proponent of natural gas development, said he was delighted that the Travis property could be used to facilitate the construction of the pipeline.

“This is really outstanding news for our region,” Parker said. “It’s the way our economy should be running.” He called Travis “a wise entrepreneur” and suggested the stockyard could bring jobs to the Maryland area, at least for the period that the pipeline is under construction.

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