Monthly Archives: May 2015

Atlantic Sunrise Route Changed

atlanticsun-map-01By Mark Gilger, Jr., citizenstandard.com

The Williams Companies Inc. has submitted its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application for its proposed pipeline in Pennsylvania with about half of the route being changed from the original plans, a company representative said.

An energy company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Williams Companies Inc. wants to expand its Transco pipeline to connect the natural gas fields in northern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states by 2017.

Dubbed the “Atlantic Sunrise Project,” the proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline would add about 180 miles of new 42-inch, high-pressure pipeline to reach Susquehanna County, transporting about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day that can serve about 7 million homes. The section of the new lines called the Central Penn Line South would run from Lancaster County to Susquehanna County and include about 18 miles of pipeline through five townships in the western part of Schuylkill County, entering from East Cameron Township, Northumberland County, and running underground through Eldred, Hegins, Frailey, Tremont and Pine Grove townships in Schuylkill County, to Union Township, Lancaster County, through Swatara State Park. Continue reading Atlantic Sunrise Route Changed

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Central Virginia Pipeline Foes Join Protests at FERC

Nelson County residents bring along a banner with names of neighbors who also oppose the ACP
Nelson County residents bring along a banner with names of neighbors who also oppose the ACP

By Friends of Nelson

A group of residents from Nelson County traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in a nonviolent action at FERC headquarters that was organized by the group Beyond Extreme Energy.  They joined citizens from all over the country who have been the victims of communicide at the hands of the fossil fuel industry and FERC.

FERC has the power to give away to Dominion our property rights, health, and safety, just as they have done to many around the country through their rubber stamping of infrastructure projects and failure to adequately assess public benefits and alternatives. In Nelson County and beyond, our direct experience of this treatment includes FERC’s unwillingness to hear from the majority of residents who wanted to speak at public meetings (which were stacked to hear pro-pipeline puppets), and their refusal, despite public and federal officials’ outcry, to grant additional meetings.  Furthermore, last Thursday, FERC released the transcript of Nelson County’s March 18th scoping period meeting, and it is so full of errors that it is incomprehensible. They also allowed Dominion to “respond” to scoping comments within two weeks—a deadline that obviously renders Dominion’s review nearly meaningless.  FERC’s negligence shows their regard for our property, health, and safety. Continue reading Central Virginia Pipeline Foes Join Protests at FERC

Faith Leaders to FERC: “Listen to the Earth”

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Photo by John Zangas

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

Five people were arrested today at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC protesting the agency’s blanket approval of gas infrastructure projects. Nearly a hundred people blockaded the agency and for two hours held a meditation and silent vigil, hindering staff from entering the building most of the morning.

The Department of Homeland Security deployed over 30 officers, who seemed somewhat reluctant to make arrests. They issued several warnings to disperse before arresting five protesters who refused to comply. Continue reading Faith Leaders to FERC: “Listen to the Earth”

Gas Export Opponents Stage Blockade of FERC

Photo by John Zangas
Photo by John Zangas

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

Protests against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission heated up as more than 80 activists blocked the doors and streets in front of and behind the agency, delaying employees from entering the building for a few hours. They also blockaded North Capitol St. directly behind the agency by erecting an 18-foot metal tripod from which a woman was suspended by a climbing harness. They held large banners saying, “No Fracking #StopGasExports” and “The United States of Fracking.”

Department of Homeland Security officers, who were assembled in front of the building, seemed caught by surprise by the blockade on North Capitol St. and were slow to react. After several warnings, protesters removed the tripod before arrests were made. Continue reading Gas Export Opponents Stage Blockade of FERC

Activists Occupy Interior Department to Protest Arctic Drilling

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

17976977112_d9d18278af_zOn day two of a series of protests called “FERCus,” activists played a cat-and-mouse game with police, starting out early in the morning at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, proceeding to the U.S. Department of the Interior and then returning to FERC by midday.

They began with an early morning sit-in at FERC as employees arrived at work. Later, they ducked into the Metro, confounding police who were closely following their movements.

They showed up an hour later at the Department of the Interior to protest Arctic drilling. (The Obama administration recently conditionally approved Shell Oil’s plan to drill in the Chukchi Sea off of Alaska’s North Slope.) Activists were ejected by security after occupying the lobby for several minutes. Continue reading Activists Occupy Interior Department to Protest Arctic Drilling

Congress Considers Fast-Tracking Gas Pipelines Through Federal Lands

SELC testifies before Congress on the need to consider the local communities impacted by natural gas pipelines on federal lands

By Augusta Free Press

Southern Environmental Law Center Senior Attorney Greg Buppert testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Wednesday on the failure of the proposed National Energy Security Corridors Act to account for the significant impacts that natural gas pipelines crossing federal lands would have on the surrounding local communities and private property. The proposed legislation would allow pipelines to be sited through federal lands without providing the general public an opportunity to weigh in. Continue reading Congress Considers Fast-Tracking Gas Pipelines Through Federal Lands

Week of Protests Gets Under Way at FERC

Photo by John Zangas
Photo by John Zangas

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

About 30 activists from as far away as New Mexico rallied today in the first of a series of protests at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC, they say, harms thousands of people through the pipelines and gas infrastructure projects it approves.

Carrying signs and banners, they picketed FERC headquarters. Dozens of heavily armed Federal Protective Service officers erected barricades and were stationed at the doors and a carport entryway. Continue reading Week of Protests Gets Under Way at FERC