Right now the Shalefield Organizing Committee is battling a 42 inch Liquid Natural Gas pipeline. This pipeline, if completed, would be a massive addition to the natural gas infrastructure in this region, paving the way for increased exploitation of the Marcellus Shale in North Central PA.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) defines the Hazard Zone (the Area of High Consequence in technical terms) as the area close enough to an explosive hazard within which buildings ignite spontaneously.
The Hazard Zone of this pipeline is 1,115 feet on both sides of the pipeline. Should an explosion occur, there is virtually no chance of survival within the Hazard Zone.
The image to the right shows the aftermath of an explosion of a 30 inch Williams Pipeline in Appomattox, VA in 2008. The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline is intended to be 42 inches at a pressure of 1500 psi or greater. Williams has never built a pipeline of this size and pressure before.
References as well as an interactive map of the Hazard Zone are available at www.lancasterpipeline.org
Williams’ Safety Record
Click here to view or download an abbreviated list of Williams’ safety issues and violations.
Abuse of Eminent Domain
The pipeline being proposed is a Commercial Transmission Line. It is not a distribution pipeline to serve customers directly. Williams wants to create a shortcut to export terminals, including Cove Point, MD.
Much of the gas to be transported in this pipeline is already contracted for export to India and Japan, where gas prices are 4 to 5 times higher than US prices. By shipping the gas overseas for larger profits, our domestic gas prices are likely to increase. Yet if FERC gives permission for this project, eminent domain would be utilized to take our private property for their corporate gain. Williams is not a public utility, this line is not a public necessity, and therefore should not qualify for eminent domain.
Click here to download the Eminent Domain Trifold.
Community Talking Points
“Communities that are situated in the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline are
usually unaware of all the myriad issues that come with a pipeline. Gas companies
are not forthcoming on these topics as an educated public will at a minimum cause
the costs of installing and operating the pipeline to increase. In some cases,
environmental and operational questions have caused delays and cost increases
that have led to the abandonment of planned pipeline extensions 1 by the pipeline
company. In general, a community that is knowledgeable and is involved in the
pipeline permitting process is not something the pipeline companies encourage.
Communities that air the issues discussed here in advance of a pipeline being
imposed have some chance of avoiding the pipeline and will be in a better position
to negotiate for remediation or compensation on behalf of their constituents if the
pipeline becomes a reality.”
The proposed route of the Atlantic Sunrise passes through the natural limits of the Glen Burn Mine Fires.