We’re hearing more and more about the destructive effects of the extreme extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to obtain natural gas. Many research studies have been released to support the harms to health, the environment, air quality, and water sources that have been obvious for years to those living near fracking wells.
The infrastructure to get fracked gas out of heavily fracked areas like the Marcellus Shale is growing exponentially, and the public is increasingly resisting the incursions on their land and communities. While fewer studies have been conducted on the harms of infrastructure facilities like compressor stations, people nonetheless are suffering ill effects from the resulting air pollution and noise.
We know pipelines explode and leak, but we don’t always have ready access to information about them. Even basic information, such as the location of wells, compressor stations and pipelines, can be difficult to obtain.
The good news is that there are many good resources out there, and new ones being developed every day. Cetology will list some here, particularly those pertaining to the Marcellus Shale. (The list is pretty sparse right now, but will continue to grow.)
The Clean Air Council provides a resource to locate gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania–compressor stations, dehydration stations, process facilities, NGL pumping stations, pipelines, and power plants. You can even use it to report problems with air and water. There are instructions on using the map, which you can find here.
Compressor stations in the Washington, DC area, a birdseye view. Some of the information here is a little outdated, but you will find excellent pictures and maps of compressor stations along the Transco line in Maryland and Virginia.
The Marcellus Shale
Marcellus Life – A PublicSource project that tells the stories of people living and working in Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom.
Sacrified Zones: Fracking in the Mid-Atlantic – This project is a photographic exploration of the impacts of hydraulic fracturing and gas pipeline expansion in the Marcellus Shale. (Copyrighted material.)
Money in Politics
Open Secrets – A comprehensive source for donations to Congressional and Presidential candidates and PAC’s and lobbying expenditures.
Here is a quick link to Dominion lobbying expenditures in Congress. (You can also view which specific issues and legislation are lobbied for.)
The Virginia Public Access Project provides information on political spending in Virginia.
Dominion Truth – An entire website devoted to the facts about Dominion
Cove Point LNG
We Are Cove Point – A coalition of people and organizations working together to stop Cove Point LNG in Lusby, MD. Numerous fact sheets on the Cove Point LNG conversion and LNG exports.
Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community – An organization addressing safety, health and environmental issues affecting the Cove Point community and beyond.
Southern Maryland News coverage of Cove Point
Mountain Valley Pipeline
Pipeline Information Network – An independent community resource group researching the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.