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RICHMONDVILLE, N.Y. - In Schoharie County, some homeowners are in the direct path of the proposed constitution pipeline.

Supporters say it is badly needed, while others fear it could mean a government takeover of their land.

Thursday evening the Stop the Pipeline group was in Richmondville meeting with property owners that are affected by the proposed pipeline to discuss how to stop the project.

Barrett Stein's moved into his home nearly two years ago, thinking it would be the home he and his wife settled into for years to come.

Now, the view outside his dream home is now being threatened by a proposed pipeline that would shuttle natural gas from Pennsylvania to New York.

The pipeline would cut right through Stein's property. "In order to build it that would have to clear the trees," Stein explained.

Dozens of homeowners like Stein packed into the meeting room to voice their concerns and discuss their legal options Thursday night.

Stop The Pipeline is also teaming up with a litigation clinic to help stop the process. Bob Nied with Stop the Pipeline says the decision is ultimately up to the government and whether the Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission chooses to approve the project and let a private company build on private land.

If the pipeline is built, Stein says he's moving out of the house.

Permits for building the Constitution Pipeline are expected to be submitted as early as January.

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