Marcellus Drilling, Fracking and Pipelines Threaten WV Residents

by Duane Nichols on February 26, 2018

Natural gas become LNG at minus 260 deg. F.

Natural gas pipelines, fracking threaten West Virginians

By Barbara Daniels, Letter to the Editor, Charleston Gazette, January 20, 2018

An (unusual) Tufts University economic analysis of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline overturns almost everything pipeline companies and government officials are telling us.

Counter to loudly proclaimed manufacturing jobs and cheaper electricity rates, the December 5th report shows that States with recently built pipelines, including West Virginia, often have less employment and an increase in rates.

Demand for electricity is generally dwindling, moreover, and existing pipelines have expanded their capacity far over that of the two proposed pipelines. Meanwhile, the Tufts report states: ”Testimony using Dominion’s own, more recent cost projections concludes that Dominion’s customers may actually pay $1.61 to $2.36 billion more with the ACP than without the ACP over the next 20 years.”

The estimated cost of the ACP and MVP could support enough alternative energy for 400,000 homes. And, according to the National Resource Defense Council, that money could generate three times more clean-energy jobs than could the ACP in the same period.

Why, then, are these pipelines being built, especially in spite of widely-based protest?

The answer may be this: A July 28, 2016, advocate staff report states that the Panama Canal has been widened to accommodate enormous, new liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers. So gas companies can now competitively ship to the much more lucrative Asian markets. The continual planned extension of these pipelines toward coastal LNG export terminals (which are also new), and the propaganda enabling this, are probably not coincidental.

Unsurprisingly following gas industry assumptions that are, at best, incomplete, the U.S. government promotes liquefied natural gas exports.

Greenwire reports that this policy is based on simplistic gas industry claims that LNG exports will displace coal overseas, thus reducing greenhouse emissions. This assumption fails to consider three major factors: 1. the huge emissions during production and delivery that offset any “clean-burning” benefits; 2. the resulting rise in U.S gas prices that would increase coal use here; and 3. Asian countries would likely add, rather than substitute, gas for their growing energy needs.

Frack fluid is used to produce the delivered gas. The chemicals contained in this fluid are so toxic that they are hidden under patents and nondisclosure laws. Further, the fracking process itself is so polluting that it needs exemptions from all seven major federal environmental laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Superfund Act and the Clean Air Act.

Nevertheless, once the pipelines reach coastal terminals and gas prices rise with offshore sales, hundreds of unused West Virginia drilling permits will be activated. West Virginia is facing destruction from fracking as never before.

Barbara Daniels, Richwood, WV

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary Wildfire February 27, 2018 at 10:25 am

What a marvelous, splendid, excellent letter!

Whoever this Barbara Daniels is, she needs to have a bigger mouth.

Mary Wildfire, Roane County, WV


S. Thomas Bond February 27, 2018 at 10:31 am

Dear Friends,

The large interests of so many people of West Virginia are being ignored again, in favor of defective theories, like renewables can’t serve our needs, and personal benefits to legislators. It is a re-hash of our state history.

Where was the legislature when the coal barons reduced miners to a kind of slavery, and killed so many of them? Only technology reduced their numbers to where mining stands today.

Must rural West Virginia become unproductive or uninhabitable or dangerous for rural dwellers? It seems to be one place relatively safe from global warming, and we can’t afford to give up such areas.

Tom Bond, Lewis County, WV


The Tyee (Canada) March 2, 2018 at 11:37 am

Warning Bells about Fracking and Earthquakes Growing Louder

From the great Alberta, Canada, newspaper, The Tyee. It is one honest newspaper where frackng goes on.

Submitted by Tom Bond, Lewis County, WV


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