Area Officials Rip Feds for Approving Pipeline Expansion

by Rick Pezzullo for The Northern Westchester Examiner

Local elected officials criticized the federal government for approving the expansion of the Algonquin Pipeline project that will run through Cortlandt, Peekskill and portions of Yorktown.

Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said she was “angry” that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ignored virtually all of the concerns raised by municipal officials and citizen opponents and gave Spectra Energy Corporation the green light to move forward only six weeks after the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) was submitted.

“It seems like it was a done deal before we even (spoke out) with our concerns and issues,” Puglisi remarked. “It’s extremely frustrating and very disappointing. We don’t feel our questions have been answered. We don’t feel we were listened to. For FERC to make this decision prematurely is not fair to all parties involved.”

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