Meeting on proposed natural gas pipeline held in Oneonta
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ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Hundreds of people filled the Foothills Theatre in Oneonta Wednesday night, most there to voice their displeasure of a proposed natural gas pipeline.
The Constitution Pipeline would begin in Susquehanna County and run through areas of Broome, Chenango and Delaware counties before ending in Schoharie County.
Supporters say it will promote economic growth in the region, but that group was clearly outnumbered at Wednesday's public hearing.
"We're concerned that if this pipeline comes to Delaware or Otsego or Schoharie or Chenango counties or Broome, that it will open up the whole area to fracking because you can't frack without a pipeline, as far as we're concerned, pipelines equal fracking," said Mark Pezzati, member of Stop the Pipeline.
"The whole reason for having a FERC hearing is for the company to show the need for a pipeline. Well, we have two pipelines that are on the books now that are competing with each other, that's deficient of showing need," said Wes Gillingham, Program Director of Catskill Mountain Keeper.
Cabot Oil and Gas and Williams proposed the pipeline project. The companies are currently in the middle of an Federal Energy Regulatory Commission pre-application process.