Protesting pipeline near nuns' chapel

Lancaster pipeline protest: What we know now

From an Article by Scott Blanchard, York Daily Record, October 16, 2017

About 26 people who were protesting the construction of a planned natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County were arrested on Monday.

A group of people protested construction Monday at the site of a planned natural gas pipeline in Lancaster County, on land owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, a religious community.

The pipeline — Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Company is building a 186-mile pipeline to carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale area of northeastern Pennsylvania to the Transcontinental Pipeline, which covers the East Coast.

The nuns — A Roman Catholic order of nuns, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, sued to try to stop pipeline construction, telling a federal court that the project will excessively damage God’s creation, the Earth. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Schmehl in Reading ruled in late September that his court lacked jurisdiction and dismissed the suit. The nuns, who had allowed supporters to build a chapel in the pipeline’s path, said publicly they would appeal the court case.

The sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ church allowed opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline to construct a simple chapel in its path.

The protest — The group Lancaster Against Pipelines said in a news release that they planned a peaceful protest at the construction site for early Monday morning. About 70 people showed up and, at around midday, they surrounded an excavator and began singing songs.

Police soon arrived and gave the protesters until 12:45 p.m. to leave. Just after the deadline passed, one protester told others that they’d have to decide whether to stay or risk arrest.

Just before 1 p.m., police began arresting protesters one by one. About 26 stood in front of the equipment, refusing to leave, and were then taken away.


Photos: Protesting construction of pipeline near nuns’ chapel — A group has gathered to protest the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline at the site of a chapel that was built near its path in Columbia, Lancaster County. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record


Farm family looking for answers after well runs dry

From an Article by Anthony Conn, WTOV News 9, October 12, 2017

MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. — A family’s well suddenly dries up overnight, leaving them to search for the cause. Water is a key part of everyday life. Unfortunately for one Moundsville family, they’re learning the hard way now that theirs is gone.

Rich Forshey bought his Moundsville farm in 2003 with more than 200 acres of rolling Marshall County countryside. On his property, a well, estimated to be more than 170 years old and still used every day. That changed two weeks ago.

“I checked the faucet and there was no water coming out, so I shut the pump off and came out here and opened my well cover,” Forshey said. “When I opened it, a well that was normally filled up to the top, which is generally within two feet of the surface, was down 26 feet.”

The well is 28 feet under ground. After the sudden drainage, the Forsheys have been forced to get water from other places.

“We’ve lost our water now,” Forshey said. “We’re carrying drinking water in one-gallon jugs now. Then we’re bringing out drums of water for cleaning and flushing the toilet, which really makes it really inconvenient and a pain, but it’s better than not having the water at all.”

Without a clear reason why this happened, Forshey turned to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The increasing amount of mining and drilling in his area, along with heavy truck traffic served as a possible cause.

“I was under the impression that even though I had heard that when they fracked the well that it’s far below the water table, and I believed that, and I actually still believe that. But when my well disappeared, I had second thoughts about that,” Forshey said.

The WV-DEP said there is drilling and mining near the farm, but none of it is close enough to affect the Forsheys’ well. The nearest gas well is more than 4,000 feet away, and the closest coal mine, more than 10,000 feet.

But the bottom line is, the well has run dry, and the answer is yet to be found. “It just drained overnight,” Forshey said. “The water had to go somewhere.”

Forshey says that he’s open to any suggestions as far as where to go from here. Until then, they’ll be getting their water from elsewhere.


Sisters of Lancaster Standing Up to Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline

October 15, 2017

Dear Friends – This is a mass call for action to every one of you who has committed to stopping the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. Williams, the builder, has told the Sisters that they will begin construction on Monday. We will be there, together. MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 7 AM at 3939 LAUREL RUN, COLUMBIA, PA 17512 [...]

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West Virginia Should Balance Benefits to Shale Drillers and Resident Citizens

October 14, 2017

WV lawmakers must protect us to see benefits of drilling From the Guest Opinion-Editorial by David McMahon, Charleston Gazette-Mail, October 9, 2017 I write in response to the op-ed by the executive director of the West Virginia Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia in which he opined that gas production in Pennsylvania and [...]

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Join the Sierra Club and Bloomberg in Defending the Clean Power Plan!

October 13, 2017

Dear Friends, HUGE news. Date: October 11, 2017 Today Michael Bloomberg visited Sierra Club’s office in Washington, D.C. and announced an increased commitment to retire America’s coal plants and transition the U.S. economy to a clean energy future. With the generosity of Bloomberg Philanthropies and others, we will amplify our existing success to achieve ever [...]

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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide is Acidifying our Oceans!!!

October 12, 2017

What Scientists Are Learning About the Impact of an Acidifying Ocean From an Article by Matthew Bergen, News Deeply, October 2, 2017 The effects of ocean acidification on marine life have only become widely recognized in the past decade. Now researchers are rapidly expanding the scope of investigations into what falling pH means for ocean [...]

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Mankind has Interrupted the Holocene on the Geological Time Scale

October 11, 2017

Humans Have Messed With Earth So Much, Formal ‘Anthropocene’ Classification Now Needed From an Article by Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, October 2, 2017 From climate change to invasive species to changes in the planets fundamental chemical cycles, the markers indicating profound change make clear that the Holocene is over. A group of scientists says that [...]

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Shell’s Cracker Plant Will Pollute Upper Ohio Valley

October 10, 2017

Shell Ethane Cracker Plant Creates Controversy From an Article by Remy Samuels, The Pitt News, October 5, 2015 Despite the promise of creating 600 permanent jobs, the ethane cracker plant being built about 40 minutes northwest of Pittsburgh by car continues to face scrutiny from environmental groups. Shell Chemical Appalachia decided in 2012 that Beaver [...]

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Federal Court Reinstates Methane Emissions Rule, in Spite of Detractors

October 9, 2017

Federal judge reinstates Obama-era rule on methane emissions From an Article by Matthew Daly (AP), Washington Post, October 4, 2017 WASHINGTON — Rebuffing the Trump administration, a federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Interior Department to reinstate an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. The order [...]

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Truck Accidents Often Fatal on the Region’s Roadways

October 8, 2017

“It was so loud,” eyewitness describes crash that killed four (4) From an Article by Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews (WV), January 12, 2017 SALEM, W.Va. — A driver who heard the collision between two trucks on U.S. Route 50 in Harrison County Wednesday evening knew it was bad. “It was so loud, even though the windows [...]

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