The Village of Croton-on-Hudson recently received a letter regarding the Millennium Pipeline from Magalie Salas, Secretary of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Village received this petition notice, according to Village Manager Rick Herbek because “we are an intervener in the Millennium Pipeline matter”.
The letter, presented to residents by Mr. Herbek, at the Board of Trustees Meeting on December 19, 2005, serves as a notice of petition to an order issued on September 19, 2002, in which the New York Department of State ruled (press release) that the gas transmission line would threaten fish and wildlife around Haverstraw Bay in Rockland County, a waterfront revitalization project in Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester and drinking water supplies for New York City and Westchester.
The project’s first phase includes a 186-mile section of pipeline from Greenwood, New York to Clarkstown, New York that will replace and upgrade an existing Columbia Gas Transmission line.
For the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, the second phase of pipeline, which would directly deliver natural gas to the New York City metropolitan area, may cross the Hudson River under the Haverstraw Bay, proceed through the parts of the Village, and cut a swath of land through Teatown Reservation in Yorktown.
Since this issue remains to be of great concern to Village residents, during the Board meeting, Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt said, “And this is uh, as Mr. Levy has pointed out, this is something that we are going to be working on, with this, an opposition of this part of Phase One (1) of Millennium Pipeline. So, but, there is a time limit to when they have, when we have to file on this. Correct?
Trustee Charlie Kane added, “January 16, 2006”.
In November 2005, KeySpan Executive Vice President David Manning told the Associated Press that “These are both critical infrastructure needs for the U.S. Northeast and downstate New York in particular,” and added, “The project was stalled and we needed to make sure we did everything we could to make it happen.”
The decision is now being challenged in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. However, New York State still opposes the plan.
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