The Constitution Pipeline almost passed through Cindy Beach’s backyard. But the route changed - now, the pipeline will be about two football fields away from Beach’s house in the Village of Franklin in Delaware County.
To get the change, she asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, if it was possible to bypass her small property. But one neighbor wasn’t so lucky; Beach says the pipeline company is taking part of his property by eminent domain.
With fracking banned, pipelines are at the center of the natural gas debate in New York State. That puts one particular federal agency--the FERC--in the middle of the controversy.