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Basil Seggos, the new DEC (or should we say NRDC) Commissioner says he doesn’t want to rush his staff’s review of the Constitution Pipeline application.
Basil Seggos, had something to say on the Constitution Pipeline the other day, according to RTO Insider (emphasis added):
At a joint legislative budget hearing at the New York State Capitol in Albany on Thursday, Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos noted Constitution is a significant project with a large number of stream crossings. “I’m not going to pressure my department to move more quickly than they believe is warranted,” he said.
This is after 29 months of review of an application that FERC provides the state one-year (that’s 12 months for those of you serving in Albany) to review. And, this guy has the gall to suggest even more time is necessary. This is the sort of wholly disingenuous remark that explains why government is held in such contempt in so many places today. It’s a damned lie. Seggos knows it’s not his staff that needs or wants more time (they’ve already all but acknowledged the delay is inexcusable) but him and his governor, who are sitting on this application in a despicable display of pandering to the NRDC gang and friends.
It’s time for supporters of the Constitution Pipeline (and they are considerable in number as a huge rally in Afton demonstrated) to redouble their own efforts to counteract this nonsense. FERC has already acknowledged the need for this project and every day this critical project is delayed means a longer wait for new jobs, tax revenue and access to cheap energy for residents and businesses. Last week, the project received approval from FERC to start hand felling trees in Pennsylvania. It’s going to happen but, unfortunately, the project continues to be help up by Basil Seggos and Andrew Cuomo. It’s time to tell Cuomo what you think about this delay.
Call 518-474-8390 and tell Governor Cuomo
NEW YORK CAN’T WAIT ANY LONGER
for these jobs, those tax revenues and that inexpensive energy.
Supporters can also go here to learn more about how to advocate for the project. Supporters are also using social media to tell the story, with more than 20 videos now available for viewing on the Constitution Pipeline YouTube channel.
Some of those local voices include:
Mark Holbrook, Otego, NY
“The most important thing to me is family and I’d love to have the opportunity for my kids to have the opportunity to grow up here where I grew up. The basic factor always comes down to employment and good jobs. While everyone else is moving away to get the good jobs, it would sure be nice to have a project like the Constitution Pipeline to come through so we can have higher paying jobs in this area.”
Carolyn Price, Town Supervisor, Windsor, NY
“There are several long term benefits, and of course the largest is taxes. The gas companies pay a substantial amount of taxes to the town of Windsor. Those gas companies paid 15.85 percent of the town of Windsor’s taxes. Those are taxes that the local property owners didn’t have to pay.”
Daniel Reynolds, Endicott, NY
“The Constitution Pipeline means jobs for a lot of individuals; infrastructure for cities, towns, communities, businesses and schools; tax savings for a lot of those communities, but it also means heating savings…I want work local. If we lose jobs locally, it doesn’t just affect the workers, it affects their whole families. A lot of families need this Constitution Pipeline to go through.”
Anna Marie Lusins, Oneonta, NY
“Right now we need natural gas and our communities need natural gas. In supporting Constitution Pipeline I am supporting economic growth in Otsego County and the Southern Tier. The Constitution Pipeline will bring in much needed new industry.”
The Constitution Community Benefits YouTube Channel also features one dozen stories from community members who have benefitted from the Constitution Community Grant program. Here are some further facts from Williams:
The Constitution Pipeline project involves the construction and operation of approximately 125 miles of 30-inch-diameter pipeline from natural gas supply areas in northeast Pennsylvania and connecting with existing transmission pipelines in Schoharie County, N.Y. Construction of the project is estimated to directly and indirectly support 2,400 jobs and generate $130 million in labor income for the region. Once in service, the pipeline will deliver enough natural gas to serve approximately 3 million U.S. homes.
Once complete, the pipeline will immediately become a key piece of natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Northeast, creating an important connection between consumers and reliable supplies of clean, affordable natural gas. Constitution will help address pipeline infrastructure issues that have exposed New England and New York consumers to high natural gas prices and, significantly higher electric-generation costs.
In addition to serving markets in New England and New York City, Constitution Pipeline and Leatherstocking Gas Company, LLC have announced plans to install four delivery taps along Constitution’s proposed route to facilitate local natural gas service to homes and businesses in southern New York and northern Pennsylvania. The company anticipates that, once operational, the Constitution Pipeline’s economic impact is anticipated to result in more than $13 million in annual property tax revenue to localities and school districts.
If you’re as disgusted with those Basil Seggos remarks as I am, get on that phone, call
and let Andrew Cuomo’s office know what you think about this outrageous delay. They don’t need one more day than the 29 months they’ve already had to review this application. Enough delay already!