Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

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Pipelines

Articles oriented towards the construction and operation of natural gas carrying pipelines.

- 1165 - [January 26, 2015] - NGI Daily Gas Price Index, Joe Fisher - "Northeast Natural Gas Pipe Projects Under Fire, But It's Never Been Easy"
"Natural gas from the still-blooming Marcellus Shale is but a pipeline ride away from the neediest demand center in the country: the Northeast. But between Marcellus and market are numerous municipal officials, landowners and environmentalists who are skeptical of -- if not downright hostile to -- pipeline development. Why?"
- 1171 - [January 27, 2015] - PennLive - The Patriot-News, Candy Woodall - "Regulating pipelines: Whose job is it?"
"There are thousands of miles of pipelines moving through Pennsylvania, but no state or federal agency seems to know exactly how many or specifically where they are located.
The state Department of Environmental Protection doesn't have a list like that, though it does have a comprehensive map of gas wells in the commonwealth.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has a list from 2011 through 2013 that includes more than 13,000 miles of existing natural gas lines and those carrying hazardous materials through the state.
But it doesn't include numerous pipelines that are active or being planned to carry Marcellus Shale gases from southwestern Pennsylvania to other parts of the northeast."
- 1172 - [January 8, 2015] - PennLive - The Patriot-News, Candy Woodall - "Can a pipeline builder take your property through eminent domain?"
"Because extracting oil and gas outpaces the infrastructure to deliver it, pipeline builders across the country are working to catch up and create an underground network to transport the state's natural resources.
The state continues to grant approvals to pipeline builders, treating them as public utilities with eminent domain rights. That gives companies cart blanche to dig up various properties across Pennsylvania, whether it's a private residence or a public park. It also makes companies subject to greater regulations.
"The unique question here is whether a pipeline builder is a true public utility? The answer to that question is always the catalyst for a company getting eminent domain," Smith said."
- 1192 - [January 28, 2015] - Bakken.com, Bakken.com - "Potential pipeline route a concern to Coalition of Lake Associations"
"The primary concern with a pipeline through Otter Tail County is the impact it could have on the county’s more than 1,000 lakes if a spill or leak were to occur, according to Coalition of Lake Associations president David Sethre.
“There are clearly some lakes that will be very close to the [SA-03 pipeline route through Otter Tail County],” Sethre said. “On top of that there will be a river crossing. The biggest issues we would have is that the river crossing issues would jeopardize a whole series of lakes if the pipeline were to be breached.”"
- 1204 - [January 29, 2015] - TribLive | Bisiness, Pipeline companies weather downturn in prices of natural gas, oil - "Pipeline companies weather downturn in prices of natural gas, oil"
"Depressed natural gas prices are causing challenges for the energy industry, but analysts say pipeline builders in Western Pennsylvania are largely shielded from the fallout that has resulted in spending cuts by companies that drill and produce gas.
“Pipelines are kind of like owning a toll booth on a highway — once you build them, you're going to get guaranteed rates; they don't build them unless you have subscribers,”...
Despite layoffs and budget cuts from some gas exploration and production companies, more than 50 pipeline projects are under way. These are set to transport Marcellus and Utica shale gas in 2016 and 2017 and won't be affected by the downturn, analysts said."
- 1232 - [February 2, 2015] - Bakken.com, Andrew Maykuth | The Philadelphia Inquirer - "Opposition greets proposed Marcellus Shale-Trenton pipeline"
"Last year, a consortium of utilities announced plans to build the 110-mile PennEast Pipeline to deliver natural gas from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region to an interconnection near Trenton. The proposed route would cut a swath across this part of Hunterdon County hugging the Delaware River.
Local landowners have risen up — colorful anti-pipeline protest signs sprout from the roadsides of most communities along its route. Residents say they fear the pipeline will cause environmental harm, permanently scar the terrain, lower property values, and put their lives at risk.
Along each pipeline route, citizens groups have organized in opposition. They are unmoved by the pipeline companies’ arguments that they are delivering affordable, life-sustaining energy to millions of customers. Most towns on PennEast’s route in New Jersey are not now served by natural gas utilities."
- 1235 - [2/2/2015] - Marcellus.com, Danielle Wente | Shale Plays Media - "Proposed pipelines are causing a slight uproar"
"The flourishing supply of natural gas coming from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania has become a promising area for companies that develop interstate pipeline–and a potential migraine for those who are against massive amounts of gas flowing through their property.
The pipeline that has caused the most controversy is the NEXUS pipeline, proposed by Spectra Energy and DTE Energy. The 200 mile long pipeline with a diameter of 42 inches would be capable of transporting up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. This amount would supply an estimated 20,000 homes for a year.
Companies that are in the business of developing interstate pipelines have the legal right to use the land they need through eminent domain proceedings. With the help from other property owners enraged by the proposed pipeline, Gierosky intends to take NEXUS to court in order to force the company to purchase their land."
- 1246 - [Februray 2, 2015] - Bakken.com, DANIEL TYSON | The Register-Herald, Beckley, W.Va. - "Pipelines remain big news"
"With the looming presidential veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport gas 1,179 miles from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, talk of jobs, energy independence and the environment has consumed hours of television airtime and barrels of ink and rolls of paper.
In West Virginia, at least four natural gas transmission pipelines are being discussed for development, and talks — whether political or kitchen table — are mirroring the national dialogue: Those for and against them are speaking of jobs, energy independence and the environment.
Two transmission pipelines have held or are in the midst of holding public hearings, the beginning step — also a federal requirement — to construction.
A report EQT issued in early December stated thousands of local jobs should be created by 2017, the height of the construction phase of the pipeline. When it is completed sometime after 2018, that number will nosedive to fewer than 70, states the report, completed by FTI Consulting Inc."
- 1247 - [February 2, 2015] - Marcellus.com, The Janesville Gazette (Janesville, Wis.) - "Editorial: Dig deeper into Enbridge pipeline with impact statement"
"“Everybody is concerned about the safety of their communities, and Enbridge is, too. We definitely want to work with communities so they feel safe with the pipeline and understand that Enbridge is working to protect that community.”
— Enbridge paid $1.1 million to settle DNR allegations of more than 100 environmental violations, including degrading wetlands, streams and private properties, during Line 61 construction."
- 1254 - [2013] - Unknown, Unknown - "Unconventional Natural Gas Development: Pipelines"
"Maryland has nearly 16,000 miles of pipeline. There were 79 “significant incidents” in Maryland from 2002 through 2011, totaling $27,829,363.00 in property damage and causing 2 deaths and 16 injuries.
A review of Maryland’s natural gas regulations has shown serious gaps in its pipeline development and safety standards. There are 3 kinds of pipelines used in transporting natural gas: gathering (production), transmission and distribution lines. ii The Maryland Public Service Commission(PSC) and Department of Environment(MDE) have identified gaps in oversight regarding pipelines. Currently companies self inspect and self report violations and incidents, a protocol that the agencies recognize is not sufficient for protecting the citizens of Maryland."
- 1255 - [January 31, 2015] - Aljazeera America NEWS / HE SCRUTINEER, Renee Lewis - "'Breaking' news: January sees five major pipeline leaks"
"“Maybe this is just how pipelines celebrate January, but all over the country, pipelines new and old are popping off like roman candles,” said MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Maddow noticed, as did the residents of several states, that there have been five major pipeline ruptures this month.
The number of major oil- and gas- pipeline accidents has been steadily growing in recent years. A major accident is defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one in which a person is killed or hospitalized because of injury, an explosion or fire occurred, more than five barrels of liquid are released or the total cost of the response exceeds $50,000.
In 2014, there were 73 major accidents, according to a review by the Associated Press — an 87 percent increase over 2009."
- 1256 - [Januaray 27, 2015] - msnbc, THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW - "Another day, another pipeline explosion"
"Rachel Maddow reports on a natural gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia that exploded in a huge fireball, the fifth pipeline accident in the U.S. so far this month. Duration: 3:36"
- 1257 - [NA] - Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of the Environment - "GAS GATHERING LINES"
"Gas gathering lines are an integral component of the infrastructure necessary for the transportation of natural gas from the well head to natural gas transmission lines (transmission lines). While the parameters for natural gas transmission lines are clearly identified and federal laws and rules are in place to regulate them, the sam cannot be said of natural gas gathering lines (gathering lines). As more fully described below, many aspects of gathering lines are not subject to federal or state oversight and the federal laws and rules that address them can be subject to interpretation, particularly on the part of the industry responsible for moving the gas downstream transmission line, compressor stations and other related infrastructure. "
- 1258 - [NA] - PHMSA - US Department of Transportation - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, PHMSA - "Natural Gas Pipelines"
"The Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968 authorizes the Department of Transportation to regulate pipeline transportation of flammable, toxic, or corrosive natural gas and other gases as well as the transportation and storage of liquefied natural gas. Natural gas supplies 25 percent of all the energy Americans consume. It's our second largest source of energy.
PHMSA develops and enforces regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the nation's 2.6 million mile pipeline transportation system and the nearly 1 million daily shipments of hazardous materials by land, sea, and air."
- 1274 - [December 26, 2014] - The Marcellus Effect, The Marcellus Effect - "DEC Seeks Public comments on Constitution Pipeline"
" The public is invited to comment on permit applications the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) received for the proposed, federally regulated Constitution Pipeline and an upgrade to the Iroquois Wright Compressor station in Schoharie County that is part of the project.
The 30-inch Constitution Pipeline is a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that would traverse 124 miles though Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Schoharie counties, transporting 650,000 dekatherms of gas per day – enough to serve approximately 3 million homes. "
- 1336 - [February 12, 2015] - lehighvalleylive, Express-Times Letters to the Editor - Jeffrey Hotz - "LETTER: PennEast's economic impact study on pipeline falls short on many counts"
"PennEast LLC's report, "Economic Impact: Report and Analysis," by Econsult Solutions and Drexel University's School of Economics, is as important for what it does not show as for what it shows.
The report lacks evidence that energy prices would decrease for Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents and businesses. The executive summary mentions "a potential downward price impact" and suggests the pipeline "could lower natural gas and electric bills.""
- 1337 - [February 9, 2015] - PennEast Pipeline, PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC, Econsult Solutions, Inc. and Drexel University School of Economics - "PennEast Pipeline Project Economic Impact Analysis"
"PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC (PennEast) has proposed a 114 mile long, primarily of 36 - inch diameter, interstate natural gas pipeline project (the Project) from Pennsylvania to New Jersey. The Project will provide gas markets in eastern Pennsylvania, southeastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey with the natural gas that is produced in the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania. The Project will have a substantial positive economic impact on Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents, commercial businesses, industrial production plants, and power generation. Economic benefits will generate from construction, ongoing operations, and the increased income derived from the potential downward price impact of a new, steady supply of natural gas in the region."
- 1338 - [February 10, 2015] - lehighvalleylive, Pamela Sroka-Holzmann | The Express-Times - "Feds hosting meeting on PennEast Pipeline project Tuesday in Northampton County"
"The United States regulatory agency deciding whether a controversial natural-gas pipeline cutting through Northampton County gets built is holding a public meeting Tuesday evening in the county.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is hosting a series of "scoping" meetings to collect comments on the $1 billion project...."
- 1404 - [february 17, 2015] - Town Topics - Princeton's Weekly Community Newspaper, Linda Arntzenius - "PennEast Pipeline Economic Study To Have Lasting Impact"
"The proposed PennEast pipeline that will cross the Sourlands region into Mercer County will have lasting economic impact during and after its construction, according to a study released last week."
- 1518 - [March 20, 2015] - Marcellus.com, The Associated Press - "Judge rules shale gas pipeline can cross holdout properties"
"The companies backing a 124-mile pipeline designed to ferry cheap Marcellus Shale natural gas to New York and New England can build across seven northeastern Pennsylvania properties whose owners had not agreed to it, a judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ruled that the Constitution Pipeline has the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that it serves the public interest by providing additional natural gas pipeline capacity.
Mannion also wrote in the Tuesday ruling that the Susquehanna County landowners stand to gain adequate compensation from the pipeline’s owners. Some of the defendants did not respond to the lawsuits seeking access to their land."
- 1548 - [January 2, 2015] - KATV - The Spirit of Arkansas, Jason Pederson - "Landowners lose to oil interests"
"Citizen property rights taking a backseat to big oil interests.
That is the feeling held by supporters of a bill that was shot down at the Capitol today.
The bill would have made it more difficult for oil companies working in Arkansas to use eminent domain when building pipelines.
Oil companies want to build pipelines as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. "
- 1585 - [March 26, 2015] - NorthcentralPA.com, Feed: News from Marcellus Shale Coalition in Gas Industry - "Natural Gas Pipelines = Union Jobs, Consumer Savings, Manufacturing Growth"
"Through the brutally cold winter of 2013-14, consumers in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey could have saved as much as $893 million if the PennEast pipeline were in place, according to a new Concentric economic study. This new study reflects the clear fact that critical infrastructure projects are the linchpin to broadening the benefits of Pennsylvania’s shale revolution across our entire economy."
- 1675 - [April 9, 2015] - The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register, CASEY JUNKINS , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register - "'Heavy Rains' Cited In Marshall Pipeline Failure"
"Williams Energy officials believe wet weather over the last few days disturbed Marshall County's landscape enough to cause two of its natural gas pipelines to rupture in less than three hours late Thursday.
Williams' contractors and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection investigators worked Friday to determine how much Marcellus shale condensate infiltrated Little Grave Creek after a 4-inch conduit broke northeast of Glen Dale shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday. Officials also continued evaluating the impact of the 12-inch pipeline rupture that occurred in the Bane Lane area of the county along U.S. 250 around 10:50 p.m. Thursday."
- 1711 - [April 21, 2015] - fuel fix, Assocated Press - "Northeast gas pipeline progresses, to some landowner dismay"
"he 124-mile Constitution Pipeline will likely bring some relief from high natural gas prices to residents of New York City and New England, but it will also bring anguish to some landowners in the wooded hills and valleys in its path.
It will slash a mile-long gash through a pristine forest tended by the Kernan family for seven decades. It will spoil Andrew Havas’ plans to build a home and automotive shop. It will disrupt farming operations for dairyman Ken Stanton. It will dash hopes Bob Lidsky and Bev Travis had of building the hilltop home where they planned to retire with their five huge mountain dogs."
- 1724 - [April 22, 2015] - StateImpact, Katie Colaneri - "In New Jersey, open space sacrificed for cheaper natural gas"
"Open space is a rare commodity in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the country.
The New Jersey Conservation Foundation says a proposed natural gas pipeline could cut through about 4,500 acres of undeveloped land preserved with public dollars.
If built, backers of the PennEast pipeline say it would feed cleaner fuel to power plants and bring cheaper gas to customers.
Now, the pipeline is forcing residents in the state’s highly-valued bucolic communities to weigh the environmental costs of moving natural gas to the marketplace."
- 1751 - [NA] - State Impact | Pennsylvania | Energy.Environment.Economy, Susan Phillips - "A Pennsylvania Pipeline Primer: Who, How, Where and What The Heck?"
"With the explosion of a major natural gas pipeline in West Virginia this week, it begs the question on where things stand in Pennsylvania. The state’s natural gas boom won’t be much of one unless gas companies can get the gas to market. Natural gas travels through underground pipelines that criss-cross the United States. Some are large, interstate pipelines. Others are smaller lines that go from the well head to what’s called a “gathering line.” And then the gathering lines take the gas to transmission lines. Compressor stations are needed at points along the larger pipelines to pressurize the gas and make it move."
- 1784 - [April 28, 2015] - the Gazette, wvgazette.com, Rick Steelhammer, Staff writer - "Forest Service OKs pipeline survey through Mon Forest"
"A permit to survey a 17.1-mile section of the Monongahela National Forest in Randolph and Pocahontas counties for the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been approved by the U.S. Forest Service.
The year-long survey will include studies of cultural resources, wetlands, water, soil, invasive species, and habitat for sensitive species, including federally listed threatened and endangered plants and animals."
- 1855 - [January 16, 2013] - Lancaster OnLine, Gil Smart - "Rising tide of opposition to pipelines, other natural gas projects"
"It's not just Lancaster County where new infrastructure to transport natural gas is generating opposition - even protests.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, has moved its regular monthly meeting up a week due to anticipated protests outside FERC headquarters in Washington D.C., NGI's Daily Gas Price Index reports."
- 1863 - [AP Update: Penn. water study secret conflict of interest] - Center for Rural Affairs, Brandon Gerstle - "Giving Landowners the Power in Assembling Transmission Corridors"
"To implement renewable energy resources in a meaningful way, new high-voltage transmission lines are needed. The development of new transmission lines will allow our nation’s most ample sustainable resources, such as wind and solar, to replace dirty and imported alternatives. Some engineers estimate that seven billion dollars of transmission investment is required over the next 17 years to properly implement such renewable energy generation."
- 1873 - [May 5, 2015] - Marcellus.com, Kaley Lynch | Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, N.Y. - "Pendleton residents rally against compressor"
"Residents of the town of Pendleton are resisting National Fuel’s plan to put a 22,000 horsepower compressor in a residentially zoned area off of Beach Ridge Road.
Citing concerns about noise, pollution and quality of life reduction, residents packed Monday’s town board meeting to address the board about the issue.
Although National Fuel had been seeking to place a compressor in Pendleton as part of the company’s Northern Access 2016 project for some time, Supervisor Jim Riester said he didn’t receive an official confirmation from the fuel company until April 19."
- 1896 - [May 20, 2015] - Bakken.com, Matt Hamilton | The Los Angeles Times - "21,000 gallons of crude oil leaked near Santa Barbara County beaches"
"A ruptured pipeline near Santa Barbara leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil Tuesday, some of which flowed into the ocean and left a thick coat of black tar along the county’s pristine shores, authorities said.
The rupture, located along an 11-mile long underground pipe that’s part of a larger oil transport network bound for Kern County, was first reported about noon after a woman at Refugio State Beach in Goleta smelled the crude’s noxious fumes. Coast Guard crews stopped the leak by 3 p.m., said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson."
- 1929 - [NA] - Bakken.com, Alan Suderman | The Associated Press - "Dominion announces alternate routes for proposed pipeline"
"Dominion Resources Inc. said Monday it has come up with alternative segments for portions of a 550-mile proposed natural gas pipeline in two Virginia counties where many local landowners have been fighting the project.
The company said the alternative segments of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Augusta County and Nelson County will potentially have “the least impact to environmental, historic and cultural resources” compared to initial plans.
But pipeline opponents said the proposed alternatives amount to “tiny” changes that don’t allay any of their concerns with the proposal."
- 2014 - [NA] - LancasterOnline, Mark Clatterbuck | Special to LNP - "Gas pipeline company Williams undermines local way of life"
"His letter fails to mention that Williams’ new pipeline path promises just as much destruction to Conestoga Indiantown as the former route. The letter also fails to acknowledge the fierce and nearly universal opposition that Native American communities, nationwide, continue to wage against this toxic project."
- 2032 - [NA] - Fox News, Fox News - "Texas pipeline rupture causes fire and evacuations, but no injuries"
"Seven homes were evacuated in southeastern Texas late Sunday after a natural gas pipeline ruptured, sparking a massive fire.
Spokeswoman Peggy Fonseca with the DeWitt County Emergency Operations Center says an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline ruptured near Lindenau, in a rural area of the county, around 8 p.m. Sunday. Fonseca said that gas had been rerouted away from the damaged pipeline and the fire had been extinguished as of midnight Monday."