Constitution Pipeline hearing in Oneonta tonight

Tonight's federal scoping hearing for the proposed Constitution Pipeline, slated for 7pm to 10pm at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta, is expected to draw a crowd. The hearing was scheduled by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in response to local demand for a hearing close to Delaware and Otsego County residents who may be affected by the pipeline.

The Daily Star reports that pipeline opponents are mustering for tonight's hearing:

An organizer of a grassroots group battling the proposed Constitution Pipeline said Tuesday that landowners opposed to the natural gas transmission system are expected to turn out en masse tonight for a hearing federal regulators are holding on the $750 million project...

...Anne Marie Garti of East Meredith, who helped start the opposition group Stop The Pipeline, said: “Scoping is the most important part of the project because it determines the blueprint for what they (FERC) are going to be studying and how they are going to be studying it.”

The deadline set by FERC for public comment on the pipeline is November 9.

Below: A Notice of Intent filed by FERC, describing the Constitution Pipeline project and declaring the agency's intention to prepare an environmental impact statement for it. Source: FERC's eLibrary system.