The pipeline company has said it hopes the system can become operational in March 2015. It is currently working on a draft environmental impact statement. After that document is completed, the FERC is expected to schedule a series of public hearings on it.
One of the main opposition groups, Stop the Pipeline, has contended the company’s target date for making the pipeline operational is unrealistic, citing the fact that state officials have nudged the company to further study the possibility of co-locating the pipeline along the Interstate 88 corridor. State officials have also questioned the number of stream crossings and raised concern about the potential impact on fish populations.
Proponents of the pipeline include both business groups and labor unions who argue it will bring jobs to the region and help wean the nation from foreign sources of energy.
Nied urged landowners who are encountering difficulties with surveyors or land agents to contact the new response team at 1-800-795-1467.