In April, the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the NY State Attorney General’s Office, the NYDEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and other agencies concluded that FERC's DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) was incomplete. Among other things, these agencies found that:
A 30-inch high-pressure underground pipeline should NOT run primarily through forests, fields, farmland and across ridge tops.
Co-locating the transmission line along Interstate 88 “has not been fully evaluated.” Co-locating a pipeline along an existing right-of-way is not only consistent with FERC policy; it’s required by regulations governing FERC.