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May 11, 2013

Pipeline won't spell destruction of park

Pipeline won’t spell destruction of park

I live in the city of Oneonta. There are sewer lines, gas lines and telephone poles surrounding me.

The street my house is on has constant vehicle traffic, joggers and walkers.

Even so, I have to treat all of my flowers and shrubs to prevent the deer from eating them. (Even on my front porch and rear deck.)

There are lots of birds. There would probably be more if the squirrels did not eat the bird seed.

I must be careful not to leave a door ajar or the chipmunks will come into my house. Daily, I see rabbits, raccoons, woodchucks, wild turkeys, skunks and fox.

Last year, I think I even saw a coydog. 

This all leads me to believe that a “couple hundred feet” of 30-inch pipeline through the edge of Clapper Hollow State Forest in Schoharie County that will carry enough gas to power three million homes a day is not going to have any dramatic impact on the environment, the hunters, bird watchers, hikers and skiers.

Not to mention the jobs it will create.

Karl Chandler

Oneonta

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