Controversy around the Northern Access Pipeline has been circling for nearly two years. This week, neighbors living in potentially affected areas are speaking up during a series of public hearings.
The first of three hearings was held at Saint Bonaventure Tuesday night, in which the State D.E.C. took public comment for the water and air quality portion of National Fuel's plan.
These hearings are intended to provide people with a platform to air their concerns about the potential affect this 97 mile pipeline could have on their land, health and overall well-being - if approved.
Some environmentalists spoke for the land and say they feel it should be left alone, but others were welcoming the pipeline because of added jobs.
According to National Fuel, the pipeline would take gas from fracking in Pennsylvania through McKean County, then Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties, ending in Erie County.
Two Niagara County communities would also be affected, as a result of plans to build a compressor station in Pendleton and a Gas Dehydration Station in Wheatfield.
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