HOMER, N.Y. -- More than a hundred people, including dozens of landowners with easements against their properties, came together in Homer to learn about the proposed I-81 gas pipeline Monday night.
The session was hosted by a group that wants to stop the pipeline from being built, citing destruction of private property and environmental concerns.
The Millennium Pipeline Company plans to build a natural gas line through Broome, Cortland and Onondaga counties.
Organizers from "Stop the I-81 Pipeline" say they wanted to let landowners know their rights before signing any agreements with company representatives.
"They like to come in before anyone knows what's going on. They like to isolate individual homeowners and not let them know that other people are in the same situation. And they like to bully them with the threats of eminent domain and a quick offer for money that will shrink if they don't take it right away," said Onondaga Nation attorney Joe Heath.
Heath said while their organization opposes the project, he offered advice to people who wish to lease their land as well.