10/23/2012 (Updated 10/24/2012 11:40:09 AM)Protesters against a natural gas pipeline that would span from the Binghamton area to Albany rallied against the project Tuesday.
They say the constitution pipeline threatens health, property rights, and would be a precursor to fracking.
A spokesperson for the pipeline says the project is for distributing already produced gas from Pennsylvania throughout the northeast.
He also says Williams oil and gas has worked with landowners along the proposed route to adjust the path and negotiate to avoid the need for eminent domain.
But residents say similar pipelines in Pennsylvania have threatened property rights.
"This pipeline is a 30-inch pipeline, 30 inches in diameter. When the federal government gives them permission they can run that pipeline with no setbacks, no setbacks from your home. They can drill underneath the foundation of your home to install the pipeline," said Craig Stevens of Silver Lake Township in Pennsylvania.
"We've actually been working very closely with landowners and towns and municipalities. And we've actually made over 100 different route modifications to the pipe based on what we've heard," said Chris Stockton, spokesperson for the Constitution Pipeline.
A public hearing on the project will be held Wednesday night at 7:00pm at the Foothills Theater in Oneonta.
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