August 18, 2015

Nassau town officials are pushing back


Nassau town officials are pushing back against a planned natural gas pipeline project, asking federal regulators for more time to review un-released confidential plan documents filed this month and alerting the Rensselaer County district attorney that company workers are invoking town authority while trespassing on private property.

On Friday, town Supervisor David Fleming wrote to District Attorney Joel Abelove on a potential trespassing claim against pipeline development Kinder Morgan, and last week, wrote to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to urge that a public comment period set to expire Aug. 31 be extended so town officials can review a deluge of new company documents filed last month.

Fleming said Monday that he has gotten a complaint that survey workers from Kinder Morgan, which wants to build a portion of the 30-inch natural gas Northeast Energy Direct pipeline through southern Rensselaer County, were on private property last week off Reno Road and told the owner that the town had authorized it.

The revised route follows a National Grid power line right of way northeast from Schodack, south of Burden Lake and to near the intersection of routes 43 and 66 at the hamlet of Alps.

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