You Can Protest the Mountain Valley Pipeline!

by Duane Nichols on October 24, 2016

Fight the Mountain Valley Pipeline!

From Appalachian Voices:

On September 16, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline. The 42-inch pipeline would transport natural gas from wells in West Virginia and stretch 301 miles over sensitive agricultural and forest lands — including a crossing of the Appalachian Trail — before reaching its destination in southern Virginia.

The FERC staff state in the draft impact statement that the project will have permanent adverse impacts on forests, yet it believes that the project can move forward!

Take Action: Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

FERC needs to hear from the public. The potential for injury or property damage along the pipeline route is real. The pipeline puts public health and safety at risk — whether from an explosion, or from leaks that pollute drinking water, soil, and air. In addition, constructing the pipeline will spoil thousands of acres of forest and permanently fragment habitats for several federally-listed threatened or endangered species.

There is a 90-day public comment that opened with the release of the draft impact statement. This is your best opportunity to make sure FERC hears your voice. Submit an electronic comment on our No Mountain Valley Pipeline Action page. You can also attend one of the official FERC public listening sessions. At these sessions you will have the opportunity to offer your comments for the official FERC record. All comments must be submitted on or before December 22, 2016.

FERC Public Listening Sessions:

November 1, 2016

  • Chatham Va. — Chatham High School — 100 Cavalier Circle, 5 p.m.
  • Weston, W.Va. — Lewis County High School — 205 Minuteman Drive, 5 p.m.

November 2, 2016

  • Rocky Mount, Va. — Franklin County High School, 700 Taynard Road, 5 p.m.
  • Summersville, W.Va. — Nicholas County High School — 30 Grizzly Road, 5 p.m.

November 3, 2016

  • Roanoke, Va. — Sheraton Hotel, 2801 Hershberger Road, 5 p.m.
  • Peterstown, W.Va. — Peterstown Elementary School, 108 College Drive, 5 p.m.

November 9, 2016

  • Coal Center, Pa. — California Area High School, 11 Trojan Way, 5 p.m.


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Blackbird Views October 31, 2016 at 5:04 am

Some 220 ‘Significant’ Pipeline Spills Already This Year Exposes Troubling Safety Record

From Dan Zukowski,, October 25, 2016

Three major U.S. pipeline spills within the last month are just a small part of the 220 significant incidents reported so far this year—and 3,032 since 2006—that provide a stark reminder of the environmental hazards of an aging pipeline infrastructure carrying fossil fuels. The costs of these leaks since 2006 has amounted to $4.7 billion.

1. Oklahoma: On Oct. 24, the 30-inch S-1 pipeline carrying crude oil from the critical Cushing, Oklahoma hub to refineries and chemical plants on the Gulf Coast began to leak and was shut down overnight. It was the second release connected with the Cushing storage facility in less than a month.

2. Pennsylvania: On Oct. 21, 55,000 gallons of gasoline gushed from a ruptured Sunoco Logistics pipeline in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, just upstream from the Susquehanna River. Carol Parenzan, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, said that witnesses who contacted her office reported that the “smell of petroleum is so thick you can taste it.” The 80-year old pipeline was damaged by a heavy storm that dumped seven inches of rain on the area.

3. Alabama: Last month, the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama leaked an estimated 336,000 gallons of gasoline and triggered concerns about gas shortages for drivers in the East. That spill was Colonial’s fifth in the state this year and occurred on a 43-year old section of the pipeline.

Based on data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of significant pipeline incidents grew 26.8 percent from 2006 to 2015. A significant incident is defined as one that results in serious injury or fatality, costs more than $50,000, releases more than five barrels of volatile fluids such as gasoline or 50 barrels of other liquids, or results in a fire or explosion. In 2015, there were 326 such incidents—almost one per day.

Some 55 percent of the U.S. network of 135,000 miles of pipeline is more than 45 years old. Technology designed to detect pipeline leaks is highly unreliable, even though companies like Colonial Pipeline tout their use as a way “to insure safe operations.” But a recent Reuters report found that these technologies are “about as successful as a random member of the public” finding a leak. Of 466 incidents studied by Reuters, only 22 percent, or 105, were detected by advanced detection systems. The others were found in different ways, with the public finding 99 of the leaks.

In testimony before a House subcommittee earlier this year, Carl Weimer, executive director of the watchdog group Pipeline Safety Trust, said, “Under the current statutes there is no requirement that a pipeline company obtain any permit or permission to operate a pipeline in this country.” Weimer called on Congress to require PHMSA to issue permits for interstate transmission pipelines and ensure that the company follow all rules and regulations.

“It is important that we not only maintain our aging energy infrastructure, but that we also remain vigilant about new pipelines and energy interests that threaten water quality,” said Parenzan.


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