rails 3 cucumber load env

I already posted this on the cukes group but figure I would try here
as well. Our prod app has an initializer that load up some constants
for use in the app, no biggy. The issue is with rails 3 when I invoke
cucumber it chokes not recognizing them even though it works fine in
dev mode and prod mode. It obviously is processing the init file
because I have a module that has some attributes inside it that it is
giving errors. Ideas??

anybody?