I spoke at the FERC Public hearing in Oneonta, NY on 4/1/2014.
I was interrupted and intimidated by a group of rowdy union members, who obviously did not read the DEIS and obviously did not understand what it meant. They live far away from the proposed route, and do not in any way represent affected Landowners. Their sole purpose seemed to be to prevent me, and other landowners and affected members of the public, from making our comments to FERC. FERC was not in control and did not do a proper job as timekeeper or keeper of an orderly, respectful meeting. Instead the Union Members took their place by shouting over the speakers. This public meeting must be repeated with police presence if necessary.
Bullying and intimidation must not be allowed to repress free speech.