With less than two weeks until the DEC grants or denies “critical” permits for National Fuel’s proposed Northern Access Pipeline, residents from all over Niagara County travelled to Albany on Monday to remind state lawmakers of the environmental risks the 99-mile pipeline represents.
“It’s unbelievable,” says Lia Oprea, whose property is on the planned pipeline route. “My family has owned our land for four generations; we’ve been trout fishing in the area since the 1830s and our land is on the National Historic Register (as the Rider-Hopkins Farm and Olmsted Camp). Now, a multi-billion-dollar corporation wants to endanger our lives and our water so they [...]
Proponents of the proposed pipeline project cited regional economic benefits at a DEC public hearing Thursday while those opposing cited health risks and asked for the comment period to be extended as well as questioning where the gas was going.
“This gas is not for this area,” said Charley Bowman, a Sierra Club member who is active in environmental issues in Western New York.
Several other speakers also mentioned the fracked gas originating in [...]
If you think the local media’s been doing a commendable job covering National Fuel’s proposed Northern Access Pipeline and Niagara County residents’ opposition to it, the Pendleton Action Team has something to say.
“We are not getting coverage,” said Anne Marie Paglione. “They either don’t pick up the story or they present it as a benefit to the people of this area,” she said. “But the gas is going to Canada and points elsewhere.”
“It does appear like there’s been a lot of coverage, but for all of the developments, it has not been adequate,” Paglione said.
The pipeline is a half-billion dollar project encompassing 100 [...]