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Almost all of the proposed pipeline route would cross sensitive or difficult terrain:
  • 36 miles of interior forest - 29% of entire route
  • 277 bodies of water
  • 35.1 miles of steep & side slopes - 28% of entire route
  • 45.43 miles of shallow bedrock - 37% of entire route
  • 10.7 miles of wetlands - 9% of entire route
  • (This will be higher as 25% of parcels have not been surveyed.)
  • 555.34 acres of prime and "statewide important" farmland
  • 33.35 miles in agricultural districts - 27% of entire route

Major Environmental Impacts Expected

NYS DEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)
  • Hundreds of thousands of mature trees would be cut
  • Forest fragmentation
  • Soil compaction
  • Restricts crops that could be grown
  • Noise, structural damage, and aquifer contamination from blasting and jack hammers
  • Water quality degradation
  • Creates a pathway for storm runoff

CUMULATIVE IMPACTS

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You should submit comments on all of the "reasonably foreseeable" cumulative impacts caused by fracking and industrial development. Assume that gas drilling would take place in the yellow study area according to the rules in the NYS DEC's Draft SGEIS:

  • There could be 16 wells per square mile - per formation. Since there are two formations in the yellow study area (Utica and Marcellus), there could be 32 wells per square mile
  • The average size of each well pad is 3.5 acres, plus access roads and gathering lines
  • It would take 6,700 truck trips to construct ONE pad and frack ONE well
  • Where would the drill cuttings and waste water go? In Pennsylvania, producing gas wells are as much as 25 miles from a high pressure gas transmission line
  • A pipe must be laid from each well to a transmission line
  • Compressor stations are located every 2-4 miles along major gathering lines