FERC Scoping Hearings
FERC has announced that it will hold public scoping hearings to gather public feedback on the draft Environmental Impact Statement, which was released Feb. 12, 2014. The dates and times of the scoping hearings are as follows:
March 31, 2014
Cobleskill-Richmondville High School
1353 State Route 7
Richmondville, NY 12149
April 1, 2014
Oneonta High School
130 East Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
April 2, 2014
Afton High School
29 Academy Street
Afton, NY 13730
April 3, 2014
Blue Ridge High School
5058 School Road
New Mildford, PA 18834
Open Houses – July & September 2012
Constitution Pipeline Company is dedicated to working with communities to identify facility locations that minimize impacts on the community and the environment, while balancing the needs of customers. Early involvement from communities helps the company identify and address issues related to project design and location.
In July & September 2012 Constitution Pipeline Company formally introduced the project to interested parties during a series of open houses conducted in the project area. In total, nearly 1,000 people attended the seven public workshops. Thanks to everyone who attended these meetings. Click here to view presentation materials from the July 2012 open house meetings.
Importance of the public’s input
The review process builds public communication into the beginning of the FERC approval process – before a formal application is filed – so interested parties may participate more fully in the route selection process.
Constitution Pipeline Company is committed to extensive public outreach in advance of submitting our application to the FERC. Our goals are to:
- Generate a broad awareness of the project, its purposes and value to the region’s economy and to meeting the future energy needs of the state and region.
- Ensure that community residents and a broad range of stakeholders have ample opportunity to understand the process and their rights, ask questions, voice concerns and present ideas about the project.
- Create an atmosphere of openness, disclosure and public dialogue in which we can respond to questions, concerns and suggestions presented by the community and other stakeholders.
Our public outreach tools include:
- Direct correspondence with property owners along the possible routes
- Contact with the local news media
- Establishment of a toll-free information phone number, 1-866-455-9103, project website, newsletter and e-mail address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Contact with community leaders, public officials and other stakeholders
- Creation of materials explaining the project
- Enhancing access to information about property owners’ rights and the regulatory review/approval process