Davenport Town Board Tells FERC NO
Kudos to the Davenport Town Board and Supervisor Dennis Valente for sending a clear, sharply worded resolution to FERC stating opposition to the Constitution Pipeline. Further, the resolution states that any actions by Constitution Pipeline to route the line through the Town of Davenport will meet vigorous opposition.
This was the third night in a row for the FERC team, and they looked tired but determined. Williams again bussed in union workers from Rome and Newburgh to pack the room and dominate the speakers list. Judging from their comments, most of which we’d already heard in Oneonta on the previous evening, none of them have actually read the DEIS that they were supposed to be commenting upon. Most simply said that the DEIS was complete and adequate, and then moved on to fantasize about jobs and economic salvation for upstate NY.
Records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection show that drilling of wells in the Marcellus Shale increased by nearly 400 percent between 2008 and 2009, from 195 wells to 768 wells.1 The increased development is not limited to the drilling of wells. FERC has reported that 5.6 billion cubic feet per day of pipeline capacity was constructed in the Northeast in 2008 and 2009, and an additional 1.2 billion cubic feet per day will have been constructed in the region by January 2011.2 According to FERC, “[m]uch of the new pipeline capacity in the area is targeted at improving the access of shale gas to markets.”3 Thus, the proposed Project is both a product of the development of the Marcellus Shale and a likely catalyst for further gas development. The impacts of the Project cannot be understood apart from the totality of the past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions associated with Marcellus Shale development.
FERC must require a full Environmental Impact Statement that analyzes the extensive and egregious impacts the Project threatens on water resources, forest ecosystems, habitats, air quality, and parks and open space. The NEPA document must assess cumulative and secondary impacts. To do so, the analysis must be thorough and objective.
There is also evidence that pipeline construction and operation could significantly impact habitat for the highly endangered Indiana Bat. Bat populations in our region have plummeted as a result of White Nose Syndrome and the pipeline will pass near and through some of the few remaining areas where this endangered species exists. ....Elsewhere we have seen pipeline rights-of-way impacted and eroded by all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use. Illegal trespass by ATV users is epidemic in our region. Our organization’s wildlife sanctuary has suffered from these high impact machines. The pipeline corridor will invite more illegal ATV use in our area by providing easy access to private land. The impacts from this activity must be considered.
The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s position on the process of high volume, slick water
hydrofracking is to ban this dangerous polluting technology, which does not benefit the greater good,
but promotes corporate profit. The proposed construction of the Constitution Pipeline through local
regions of the Marcellus Shale will provide the infrastructure necessary to support this invasive
technology in the New York counties it would cross.
DOAS further believes that the construction, maintenance and other activities associated with the
Constitution pipeline on the preferred route and the alternative M route will have an irreversible
negative impact upon deciduous and mixed forests, wetlands such as bogs, marshes, swamps,
moving and standing water including rivers, streams, and woodland ponds or vernal pools -
considered the “coral reefs” of the Northeast Forests.
Three state parks will be impacted by the proposed alternative routes of the Constitution Pipeline Project.
Max V. Shaul State park
Mine Kill State Park
Robert V. Riddell State Park
We find that insufficient evidence has been provided to support a determination of public need for this project.
... the proposed pipeline route, and attendant infrastructure, would very likely disturb or negatively impact significant historic, cultural and archaeological resources related to the early settlement of our country and the westward expansion of the American frontier. While Otsego County is arguably one of the most documented counties in New York State with regard to historic and cultural structures, sites and landscapes, it still has only about 20% of its historic resources documented.
...Whether or not the applicant acknowledges it as an objective, hydraulic fracturing is a reasonably foreseeable result of permitting a new pipeline corridor within this region of upstate New York underlain by the Marcellus and Utica shale layers.
Given the proximity of the oroject to known critical rattlesnake habitat, we recommend that a timber rattlesnake habitat assessment be conducted in the project area, in the project segment skirting Taylor Hill (NE of Susquahanna) between Canawacta Creek and Starucca Creek, by a PFBC recognized/qualified timber rattlesnake surveyor.
Trout Unlimited strongly urges the Commission to include the direct, indirect and cumulative impacts of the proposed Constitution Pipeline project on coldwater resources, in the list of environmental issues for consideration in the scope of the EIS.
We recommend a thorough analysis of environmental impacts for ALL viable alternatives, including upgrades to existing pipeline facilities...For each alternative, we recommenf that wildlife habitat be adequately mapped so that impacts to the various cover types can be assessed.
... We note the the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is known to occur aloing the Susquehanna River and nearby areas...we recommend that surveys for this species be coordinated with the Service.
In summary, we recommend FERC and the applicatant provide a RIGOROUS environmental review of the Constitution Pipeline Project prior to project approval.
Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic (PELC) scoping comments on behalf of Stop The Pipeline.
In writing for the New York State Bar Association Journal, Radow, who has brought many of these mortgage-market concerns to the attention of federal regulators, described what has happened of late in her neck of the woods near the Marcellus Shale.
“Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Provident Funding, GMAC, FNCB, Fidelity and First Liberty, First Place Bank, Solvay Bank, Tompkins Trust Company, CFCU Community Credit Union and others are either imposing large buffer zones (too large for many borrowers) around the home as a condition to the loan or not granting a mortgage at all,” she wrote.
Ellen Cantarow's article about the UNconstitutional pipeline has been cross-posted around the world.
Read the complete text here.
"They came out here like a bunch of bullies and tried to force it down our throats," Thompson said. "They told us there was nothing we could do to stop it."
Stop the Pipeline: General Meeting
@ 7:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta (UUSO)
12 Ford Ave, Oneonta, NY