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Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Affected Residents to Speak Against Constitution Pipeline at Tuesday Press Conference

October 22, 2012

Media Advisory: October 22, 2012
Contact: John Armstrong | 607-220-4632 | John@FrackAction.com

Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan, Citizens Groups, Affected Pennsylvania Residents Call for Halt to Constitution Pipeline 

Opponents: “Pipelines endanger public health; gas industry must stop bullying rural communities with eminent domain and rushed, secretive FERC approval process” 

Binghamton, NY—On Tuesday, New York residents who stand to be affected by the Constitution Pipeline and Pennsylvania residents who have been negatively affected by similar pipelines will come together to detail objections to the Constitution Pipeline. Opponents are calling for a halt to what they call the “shady” Constitution Pipeline approval process. “The gas industry is rushing approval of the Constitution Pipeline behind the backs of residents and communities who would be affected. Following that secretive process, the gas industry plans to bully rural communities with eminent domain,” organizers say.

Opponents say the Constitution Pipeline, which if built would go through two Pennsylvania counties and four New York couunties, poses serious threats to public health in the communities through which it would pass. Communities with similar pipelines in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States have experienced negative impacts which speakers will detail at Tuesday’s press conference.

FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) will hold a Public Meeting in Oneonta, New York on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 PM at the Foothills Theatre at 24 Market Street in Oneonta, NY, preceded by a rally to Stop the Constitution Pipeline at 6 pm.

What: Press conference to detail residents’ objections to the Constitution Pipeline and the FERC approval process.

When: Tuesday, October 23 at 11:00 AM.

Who: Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan; local community organizations; affected Pennsylvania citizens, and New York residents who would be affected by the Constitution Pipeline if it were to be approved and built.

Where: 44 Hawley Street, Binghamton, New York —  On the covered sidewalk in front of Government Plaza. Government Plaza is adjacent to City Hall, the County Office Building, and the State Office building.

Pipeline specifics:  The Constitution Pipeline Project is a proposed 120.6 mile long pipeline in Susquehanna County and Wayne Counties, Pennsylvania and Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Schoharie Counties, New York.  It would carry fracked gas (methane). According to the Pipeline Safety Coalition, pipelines have a 7 – 9% leakage rate.

Pipeline background information: stopthepipeline.org, delawareriverkeeper.org, protectingourwaters.com, occupythepipeline, ShaleShockMedia.

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