Otsego 2000 has joined a coalition of environmental and citizens organizations from across New York to strongly object to the release of a woefully inadequate Environmental Assessment (EA) by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that supports expansion of a gas pipeline owned by Dominion Transmission Inc.
Dominion’s proposed “New Market Project,” would expand its 50-year old, 200-mile long pipeline through New York to carry more fracked gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.
If approved, the project would impact multiple locations across New York and would include the construction of two new large compressor stations in Madison and Chemung counties as well as a massive expansion of a third compressor station at Brookman Corners in Montgomery County, collectively pumping more than 200,000 tons of additional greenhouse gases and hazardous pollutants into the atmosphere each year. The project would also expose communities along the entire corridor to greater risks associated with pipeline leakage and rupture.
The market for much of the gas would not be in New York or the United States but in Canada, as a major component of Dominion’s proposal is the installation of reciprocating compressors to move gas onto the Iroquois Pipeline. That pipeline presently carries gas downstate. However, with its announced “South-to-North” (SoNo) project, the Iroquois line would be reversed. When that happens, three quarters of Dominion’s New Market Project gas will be exported to Canada—a fact completely ignored in FERC’s review.
Resources and Comments on DNMP Expansion
Comments on FERC’s Environmental Assessment (EA) of DNMP, issued 10/20/15
- Otsego 2000 Comments, submitted 11/18/15
- Town of Minden Comments, submitted by engineering firm Barton & LoGuidice, 11/19/15
- Town of Minden Comments, submitted by Young/Sommer LLC, 11/19/15
- Southwest Pennyslvania Environmental Health Project Comments, submitted 11/19/15
Comments on DNMP Application:
- Review of Dispersion Modeling by Egan Environmental for Proposed Expansion of Brookman Corners, submitted to FERC 7/6/15
- Otsego 2000 Comments to DEC re: Brookman Corners Compressor Station, submitted to FERC 4/15/15
- Otsego 2000 Comments on Brookman Corners Compressor Station, submitted to DEC 3/24/15
- Otsego 2000 Supplemental Scoping Comments, submitted to FERC 1/13/15
- Otsego 2000 Scoping Comments, submitted to FERC 12/3/2014
For the County, Town, and Village resolutions adopted in the Mohawk Valley/Leatherstocking region calling for emission-reducing improvements on the proposed compressor station expansion at Brookman Corners, click here.
The Constitution Pipeline is a joint venture between Williams and Cabot Oil and Gas. As proposed, it would run 121 miles from Susquehanna County, PA to Schoharie County, NY. The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) has not yet approved the project or granted eminent domain to it, but Williams and Cabot must first demonstrate to FERC that the project is not only “in the public interest” but that it is also a public “necessity” without which customers in the Northeast region will be deprived of essential energy supplies.
With the establishment of the Constitution Pipeline the door is opened for hydrofracking and for any number of compressor stations along the route, significantly threatening the rural character of our communities and putting our public health a risk.
Resources and Comments on the Constitution Pipeline
- NYS Office of Attorney General Opposition Filed to Constitution’s Request for Partial Notice to Proceed(1/14/16)
- Federal Energy Regulation Commission information on the Constitution Pipelin
- Instructions: click link, then enter Docket Number PF12-9.
- Narrow search dates to 4/5/12 to present.
- Click submit.
- Otsego 2000 Comments
- Pace Environmental Law Clinic Comments, on behalf of Stop the Pipeline
- Army Corps of Engineers Comments
- Clean Air Council Comments
- Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Comments
- Delaware RiverKeeper Network Comments
- New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Comments
- Trout Unlimited Comments
- US Fish and Wildlife Comments