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Landowners Urge Cuomo to Block Pipeline Project

By Kerry Longobucco.
Landowners are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to block the Constitution Pipeline project from proceeding.

The project received federal permission to begin tree cutting in Pennsylvania -- but has yet to receive a 401 Water Quality Certificate from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Citizen Action officials say a decision whether to issue the permit is due by the end of April.

Pennsylvania landowner Megan Holleran, whose maple trees were declared eminent domain and cut down for the project, is pushing Cuomo to deny the permit, and protect landowners.

"New York State has a lot of beautiful, beautiful land and beautiful properties, and streams and wetlands, and this permit is intended to protect those," Holleran said. "It's banking on the fact that this company will follow all of the regulations, and do everything they say. Our property is a pretty good example that that doesn't happen, and is not how they operate."

Christopher Stockton, with the Constitution Pipeline project, released the following statement in response:

"We understand there are people who disagree with the idea of natural gas development. We respect their opinion, but after an extensive regulatory review, this project was ultimately determined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be in the public interest. The project is designed to connect cost-effective, abundant natural gas supplies to homes and businesses throughout New York and New England, including providing natural gas access for the first time to communities and businesses in New York’s Southern Tier."