Despite being all risk and no reward to the public, on February 3rd, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted the power of eminent domain for this corporate project. This means that landowners who refuse to sign an agreement with Williams to have the pipeline on their property will soon be taken to Federal Court where they will ultimately be forced to give up their land.
We believe that eminent domain should not be used for corporate gain!
The proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline is a high pressure natural gas transmission line. Williams is the pipeline company proposing to build the line. The Atlantic Sunrise is not designed to provide gas to homes–it is one of many pipelines proposed in the State of Pennsylvania to move gas from production wells in the Marcellus Shale region to export terminals (such as Cove Point) for sale overseas.
At 42″ in diameter and over 1400 psi, the Atlantic Sunrise would be able to move massive quantities of gas. It thus poses a significant risk to the environment as well nearby property owners.
Williams is under federal investigation for pipeline accidents and was responsible for the pipeline rupture in Unityville, PA as well as the recent station explosion in Louisiana.
The potential impact radius or hazard zone is between 796 and 1,115 feet on either side of the pipeline. If an explosion occurs, there is no chance of survival within this area. Williams does not notify residents or businesses that are within this area.
The proposed pipeline route would encounter abandoned coal mines and reach within one-half mile of existing underground mine fires in Shamokin.
Construction will result in fragmented farms and forests, numerous stream crossings, millions of gallons of water withdrawals
The pipeline will create a demand for continued well drilling and fracking in Northeast PA that will increase air and water contamination, human health risks, and methane emissions.
If built, the pipeline would contribute to the ruination of communities in the gas fields of Northern PA and will severely disrupt the lives of those living near to it–not to mention contribute to catastrophic climate change. Those living near the pipeline would experience noise, truck traffic and other disruptions while the line is being constructed and, once built, community members will have to live with the daily threat of being burned alive in their homes. At 42″ in diameter and over 1400 pounds of pressure per square inch, the pipeline would destroy a massive piece of land if it exploded. Anyone 1115 feet or nearer to the pipeline would have virtually no chance of survival and minor damage could occur as far away as 2200 feet. The evacuation zone would be several miles.