Proposed gas pipeline expansion in Westchester park could have environmental impact


WHITE PLAINS – A proposal to replace a natural gas pipeline with a larger one could have negative environmental effects on the flora and fauna in Westchester County’s Blue Mountain Reservation in the Town of Cortlandt.
Hudsonia’s Dr. Erik Kiviat presented the findings of his independent report to Westchester lawmakers on Wednesday.
Houston, Texas-based Spectra Gas Corporation has proposed expanding the capacity of its Algonquin natural gas pipeline by replacing a 26-inch line with a 42-inch pipe from Rockland County to Massachusetts via Northern Westchester and Putnam County.
Westchester Legislator Peter Harckham, who chairs the oversight committee, said after the briefing they support restrictions on the county park portion.
“He has joined our recommendation that there be no construction outside the original 75-foot easement that they already have and not to expand the easement and that Spectra pay for ongoing environmental monitoring during the construction,” he said.
Harckham said Spectra has a 75-foot easement, but the county will oppose
the company’s proposal to expand that to 130-feet, where it is believed
the environmental impacts would occur.

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