May 14, 2015

Good News for Schodack!

Schodack Town Board says "Kinder Morgan, by its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC - no, thank you!"

2015-145) WHEREAS, Kinder Morgan, by its subsidiary Tennessee Gas Pipeline, LLC, is proposing a large natural gas pipeline to run through southern Rensselaer County, including the Town of Schodack, referenced as the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline project; and WHEREAS, Kinder Morgan is seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for federal eminent domain status, to allow the project to proceed;

and WHEREAS, the citizens of the Town of Schodack have expressed strong opposition to this project, based upon a series of concerns:

1. The proposed NED pipeline would be large (36 inches in diameter) with a high pressure (1460 psi), which in turn would result in major public safety issues in the Town of Schodack; 2. The public safety issues will result in strains to fire departments and other emergency responders in the Town; 3. The public safety concerns will reduce property values in the Town of Schodack along the route of the proposed pipeline; 4. The project would create the risk of substantial damage to the health, safety, and environment of the Town of Schodack; 5 5. The compensation, if any, paid to property owners by the pipeline operator would not come close to compensating for the major economic and environmental damages to the Town; 6. The project includes the siting of a compressor station, reportedly in the Town of Schodack. The industrial size of this proposed compressor station would result in significant noise and other environmental impacts to residents near the compressor site;

and WHEREAS, the Town Board of the Town of Schodack shares the concerns expressed by many residents, and wishes to give formal expression of this opposition to Kinder Morgan, FERC, and more particularly to our federal representatives in Congress;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Schodack hereby goes on record to express its strong opposition to the siting of this pipeline and the compressor station anywhere within the Town of Schodack;

and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Schodack Town Clerk is hereby directed to send a certified copy of this resolution to the representatives of the Town in Congress, to wit, Hon. Charles Schumer, Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Hon. Chris Gibson and Hon. Paul Tonko.

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