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WHEATFIELD TO PRESS FIGHT AGAINST PIPELINE BOARD ASSURES RESIDENTS AS CREWS CONDUCT SOIL TESTS

A group of River Road residents was advised Monday that the Town Board would continue to fight a proposed natural gas pipeline through the town.

The residents said crews from Empire State Pipeline, the company proposing to build the line, were on Sunset Drive recently to conduct soil testing.

The proposed line would run from Canada, across Grand Island to Wheatfield near River Road. The line, an alternate proposal to an earlier plan by National Fuel, would go north along railroad tracks to Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. property where it would link with a National Fuel line and turn east toward Nash Road.

The proposal has yet to receive the approval of the Canadian government or the state Public Service Commission, officials noted.

"Unfortunately, we can't stop them from testing their proposals," Kuehn said. He explained that the regulatory agencies have given permission to the companies involved to research the various routes.

Kuehn said residents could call the Sheriff's Department if the crews are seen trespassing on private property.

"The Town Board has opposed the project since day one and it will continue to oppose it," he said.

In a related matter, Kuehn said he recently contacted the PSC to request additional public hearings on the proposal because of a suggested change in the route. Also, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has begun an environmental assessment on the project but no meetings with that agency have been scheduled, he said.

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