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Aug. 22, 2013: Syracuse mayoral candidates , I-81 Pipeline

According to a YNN/Siena Research Institute Poll Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has a comfortable lead heading into the September Democratic Primary. But both her Democratic adversaries, City Councilor Pat Hogan and social activist Alphonso Davis, are putting up a good fight. Susan Arbetter speaks with both candidates about the rising homicide rate in Syracuse as well as other issues.

If it gets the necessary approvals, Millennium intends to construct “at least a 24 inch pipeline and at least one compressor station”, in upstate New York by early 2016. This 70-mile project would run from Binghamton to Syracuse. It’s commonly referred to as the “I-81” pipeline, as it would travel from south to north along the I-81 corridor, connecting with both the Dominion and Tennessee lines. According to those fighting the pipeline, there will be eminent domain takings involved should this pipeline get the green light from FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Activist Joe Heath, attorney for the Onondaga Nation, is against the proposal – he explains why.

 

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