YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rescheduled a public hearing regarding the Algonquin pipeline project originally set for Thursday, Sept. 11, to Monday, Sept. 15, following a request from Yorktown Councilman and state Senate candidate Terrence Murphy.
"For many residents of the Hudson Valley, September 11 remains a sacred day," Murphy said. " I am happy to report FERC has rescheduled the public hearing regarding the Algonquin pipeline project to Monday, Sept. 15. To schedule a public hearing on a day of mourning for so many of our residents was simply unacceptable." Earlier this week, Murphy sent a letter to FERC's chairman and commissioners calling for New York's only public hearing to be rescheduled, in addition to requesting multiple hearings, in an effort to ensure residents gather as much information as possible regarding the proposed pipeline.
The public hearings are the next step in FERC's approval process and comes on the heels of the draft environmental impact statement. "As a public official, my job is to represent the voice of my constituents," said Murphy. "Having spoken to dozens of people, even visiting their homes, it is clear there are still questions which need to be answered. The responsibility now falls to FERC to provide the necessary setting for residents to ask their questions, voice their concerns and receive sufficient answers." Other scheduled public meetings include: Dedham, Mass. (Monday, Sept. 8) Norwich, Conn. (Tuesday, Sept. 9) and Danbury, Conn. (Wednesday, Sept. 10) "We accomplished our first goal, which was to move the meeting out of respect for the families who lost loved ones on 9/11," Murphy said. "However, I still believe an additional hearing would benefit the people of the Hudson Valley by giving them another opportunity to learn more about this project and voice any concerns they may have."