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Hundreds Rally For Constitution Pipeline


The battle over the Constitution Pipeline continues. This afternoon hundreds rallied in favor of the project in downtown Binghamton.

The 124-mile pipeline would carry natural gas from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania to Schoharie County in New York. However, the state has until the end of the month to grant what's called a Section 401 Water Quality Certification for the project to move forward. Opponents say the state can't guarantee the pipeline won't effect water quality, and therefore can't grant the certification.

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston, who supports the pipeline, says the project would lead to 2,400 direct or indirect jobs in the Southern Tier and $2.1 million in tax revenue to Broome County.

"Everyone needs to understand how much communities, landowners, and businesses in the Upstate New York area need the Constitution Pipeline. It's basic infrastructure that is necessary to move natural gas and it's what we live on," said Scott Kurkoski, attorney for the Joint Landowners Coalition of New York.

"Thousands of people have written Governor Cuomo stating the Water Quality Certification for the Constitution Pipeline must be denied because the state simply lacks the ability to fulfill the onerous requirements of the Clean Water Act," said Walter Hang, President of Toxics Targeting

A spokesperson for the Constitution Pipeline has said the project will use the latest technology to ensure it's safety. If the state does nothing by the end of the month the ability to move the project forward would go to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has already approved the pipeline.