Here’s an interesting story that is impacting Education Speaks’ home organization:
Citing dangers to students and the future of educational programming at the Career and Technical School Schoharie Campus, Capital Region BOCES officials and area educators recently announced their opposition to the Constitution Pipeline Company’s plan to run a 30” gas pipeline through the Schoharie Career & Tech campus.
Constitution is proposing a 124-mile pipeline from Pennsylvania to New York, which, if approved in its current form, would run through the BOCES Career and Technical Education campus in Schoharie. This would greatly impact the programs offered at the campus, which include several construction and heavy machinery classes that regularly use excavators, backhoes, bulldozers and compaction equipment near the proposed pipeline location.
According to a study commissioned by BOCES, a failure of the pipeline at its campus location would be fatal to any student receiving instruction outdoors, and students inside classrooms would only “most likely survive from [the] blast and/or thermal radiation.”
“The safety and welfare of our students is always our number one concern,” said BOCES Superintendent Dr. Charles Dedrick. “It would be irresponsible for us to endorse the location of a gas pipeline on a BOCES educational facility, particularly one where we are teaching students how to operate heavy machinery.”
Career and Tech students, teachers, and BOCES officials will speak at a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Monday, March 31, 7 p.m., at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, 1353 State Route 7, Richmondville.
You can read more about BOCES position on the proposed pipeline here. If you have any questions about the issue, please contact Capital Region BOCES CTE Communications Specialist Bill DeVoe at (518) 478-4809 or email@example.com.