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Public comment invited on natural gas pipeline work in Seneca, Ontario counties

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Residents of Phelps, Waterloo, Tyre, and Seneca Falls have until March 14 to submit their comments on the proposed maintenance and repair of a natural gas pipeline running through their towns. Eastern Gas Transmission and Storage Inc., based in Bridgeport, West Virginia, is seeking permits for the project that involves evaluating the pipeline’s condition, installing corrosion protection systems, replacing a valve, and maintaining existing infrastructure. The pipeline stretches across these four towns, lying beneath both land and regulated freshwater wetlands.


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has reviewed the project’s environmental impact and issued a negative declaration, indicating the maintenance work is not expected to harm the environment. The project will take place in five specified locations along the pipeline route, affecting DEC-regulated wetlands and their adjacent areas.

For those interested in reviewing the project details or submitting comments, the DEC encourages contacting Frances Knickmyer at [email protected] or calling 585-226-2466. Documents related to the application and draft permits are available for public inspection at the DEC Region 8 office in Avon, with appointments recommended for timely service.