The January 17, 2013 edition of The Daily Start reported that a Constitution Pipeline representative indicated the process of filing an application to construct the pipeline has been delayed. This comes as welcome news to the citizens of New York and Pennsylvania who oppose the project for various reasons. The spokesperson hired by the project sponsors and quoted in The Daily Star article, John Faso, while expressing support for this project stopped short of predicting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) would in fact approve the 120-mile pipeline.
If the pipeline is approved by FERC, landowners along the pipeline route face the prospect of losing control of a portion of their property due to a “taking” otherwise known as eminent domain, unless they reach agreement with the pipeline company. Despite public relations efforts aimed at minimizing the impact of eminent domain, many landowners realize they will lose control over the land they own if the pipeline crosses their property. Spokespersons, particularly paid spokespersons, are readily available and companies such as the sponsors of the Constitution Pipeline know this. Until an application is actually submitted to FERC and a decision rendered, we can expect more of the same: money will be spent in various ways to help “sell” this project.