Before it fracks you. Are you in a pipeline ROW ? Threatened with condemnation ? Have you called a lawyer yet ? What the frack are you waiting on ? Here’s a list of lawyers that can help. Although some landowners may have sold out already, they did so under duress – prior to final FERC and DEC approval. So those comps should be either discounted or tossed in an appraisal.
Whatcha waiting for ? Don’t sell out cheap. Don’t sell out at all. If you sell now cheap and the pipeline ROW is not approved or is moved, you just got an encumbrance on your land that can be sold and/or transferred. Congratulations. It’s better for you to frack them than for them to frack you.
Once you’ve contacted a lawyer, come to the DEC hearings on the pipeline; notice shown after the jump. Come prepared to speak.
Public Comments Sought on Draft State Permit Applications for Proposed Construction of the Constitution Pipeline
Public Comments Will Be Accepted from Dec. 24, 2014 through Jan. 30, 2015
The public is invited to comment on permit applications the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) received for the proposed, federally regulated Constitution Pipeline and an upgrade to the Iroquois Wright Compressor station in Schoharie County that is part of the project. The Constitution Pipeline is a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that would traverse though Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties.
Because the proposed pipeline and compressor station upgrade are components of an Interstate Natural Gas Transmission project, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was responsible for conducting an environmental review of the project and has the authority to approve the pipeline route. FERC issued a final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) in October. Additional federal reviews and approvals for the project also are necessary. The FEIS can be viewed at: http://elibrary.FERC.gov/
DEC maintains the authority to review applications for specific permits and approvals. These include an Air Title V permit for the proposed compressor station upgrade, as well as a Water Quality Certification, a Protection of Waters permit, a Water Withdrawal permit and a Freshwater Wetlands permit for state-protected wetlands and adjacent areas for the pipeline installation.
Comments will be accepted on the permit applications from Dec. 24, 2014 to Jan. 30, 2015. Comments can be submitted to:
Stephen M. Tomasik
DEC – Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-1750
In addition, DEC will hold public meetings to allow people to provide verbal or written comments. The meeting schedule is:
- Binghamton – Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, 6 p.m.
East Middle School Auditorium, 167 East Frederick Street
- Oneonta – Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, 6 p.m.
SUNY Oneonta Lecture Hall IRC #3, 108 Ravine Parkway
- Cobleskill, Wednesday, Jan. 14. 2015, 6 p.m.
SUNY Cobleskill, Bouck Hall Theater, State Route 7
Copies of the FEIS and DEC permit application documents can be viewed online at: http://www.
The Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St., Binghamton
The Afton Free Library, 105A Main St., Afton
The Bainbridge Free Library, 13 N Main St., Bainbridge.
The Franklin Free Library, 334 Main St., Franklin
Sidney Memorial Public Library, 8 River St., Sidney
Deposit Free Library, 159 Front St., Deposit
The Community Library, 110 Union St., Cobleskill
Schoharie Free Library, 103 Knower Ave., Schoharie
Information on the Iroquois Wright Compressor Station can viewed at: http://www.iroquois.com/
Printed copies are also available at:
Schoharie Free Library, 103 Knower Avenue, Schoharie
Town of Wright Municipal Building, 105-3 Factory Street, Gallupville