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Hey, FERC, Until You Shape Up, Get Used to “Unprecedented Opposition”

Photo by Erik McGregor
Photo by Erik McGregor

By The Recorder

“Unprecedented opposition.”

That, according to Cheryl LaFleur, chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is what faces the nation’s natural gas pipeline development.

As widely reported, LaFleur made comments at a National Press Club event in Washington in January. She talked about the volume of those opposed to building more pipelines, and how these folks are overwhelming her office and staff. Continue reading Hey, FERC, Until You Shape Up, Get Used to “Unprecedented Opposition”

FERC, Delaware Riverkeeper Skirmish Over Transco’s Leidy Project

Leidy SoutheastBy David Bradley, Natural Gas Intelligence

Preliminary work on Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC’s (Transco) proposed Leidy Southeast expansion, which would relieve capacity constraints in the Marcellus Shale while serving local distribution companies along the Atlantic Seaboard, appear to be on hold pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN). Continue reading FERC, Delaware Riverkeeper Skirmish Over Transco’s Leidy Project

Toxicologist Investigates Illnesses Near Minisink Gas Compressor

Resident says family suffering maladies
Milennium's gas compressor station in  Minisink was built 18 months ago. /Photo Times Herald-Record
Millennium’s gas compressor station in Minisink was built 18 months ago. /Photo Times Herald-Record

By Jessica Cohen, Times Herald-Record

TOWN OF MINISINK – Public health toxicologist David Brown does not call his work with people living around gas compressor stations “research.”

“When people are sick, you don’t do a study. You find out what they’re sick from,” he said.

Brown is a founder of the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, a nonprofit group begun in 2011, initially devoted to providing public health information and services related to natural gas extraction in Washington County. Continue reading Toxicologist Investigates Illnesses Near Minisink Gas Compressor

It’s Time to Ratchet Up the Pressure on FERC

More than 2,000 climate justice activists assembled for a rally and march—in Washington, DC  on July 13, 2014—to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in opposition to the expansion of a natural gas transfer and storage facility at Cove Point on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Photo credit: Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr

By Ted Glick, EcoWatch

For the third time in less than two years, I met yesterday with the chair of FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. I was not alone. With me from the “good guys” side were Tracey Eno, leader of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community in Cove Point, Maryland; Jocelyn D’Ambrosio of Earthjustice and; via phone because her plane arrived late due to weather, Sandra Steingraber from We Are Seneca Lake. Continue reading It’s Time to Ratchet Up the Pressure on FERC

Biologist Tells Head of FERC: Your Agency’s Approach Is “Dysfunctional and Downright Treacherous”

Since the We Are Seneca Lake campaign began on Oct. 23, 2104, there have been 216 arrests. The campaign is working to protect Seneca Lake and the surrounding Finger Lakes region from the gas storage expansion project by Texas-based energy company, Crestwood Midstream. Crestwood’s intention is to repurpose the crumbling salt mines underneath Seneca Lake’s hillside into massive gas tanks for highly-pressurized products from fracking: methane, propane and butane. Photo credit: We Are Seneca Lake

By Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch

Author’s note: On Wednesday, I was part of a citizen delegation that met with the chief commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner (FERC), Cheryl LeFleur, and eight of her staff. Led by Ted Glick of Beyond Extreme Energy, who had requested the meeting, our group included Tracey Eno from We Are Cove Point and Jocelyn D’Ambrosio of Earthjustice. I represented We Are Seneca Lake. Sadly, my flight from upstate New York was delayed for hours by bad weather. Hence, I ended up delivering my remarks to Commissioner LeFleur by speakerphone, while standing just outside the baggage claim area of Dulles International Airport. Continue reading Biologist Tells Head of FERC: Your Agency’s Approach Is “Dysfunctional and Downright Treacherous”

Drones Could Be Used to Monitor Fracking Infrastructure

Surveillance drone in action.
Surveillance drone in action.

By Tom Knox, Columbus Business First

Drones could soon be buzzing over oil and gas infrastructure in eastern Ohio as engineering firms eye the devices as a cost-saving way to better survey massive developments.

The use of drones – small, unmanned aerial vehicles that are increasingly finding business uses – is already happening in the Utica shale play, but it’s nascent. Uses range from flying over new and existing pipelines for maintenance to reviewing large projects that a potential buyer wants to ensure are in solid shape. Drones could be cheaper than manned airplanes and record better images from multiple angles. Continue reading Drones Could Be Used to Monitor Fracking Infrastructure

Beyond Extreme Energy: Staying in FERC’s Face

Photo by Erik McGregor
Photo by Erik McGregor

We are Beyond Extreme Energy, a growing coalition of communities and individuals on the front lines—and taking casualties—in the extreme energy economy. We are the ones demanding to be heard, closing down First Street and getting in the way of FERC’s rubber-stamping of fracked-gas projects all over the country.

We have been noticed, but rattling and annoying the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is not our objective. Rather, the permits must stop. The climate-disrupting, community-trampling, enrich-the-few-at-the-expense-of-the-rest system must change. Continue reading Beyond Extreme Energy: Staying in FERC’s Face

Seneca Lake Uprising Continues

By Sandra Steingraber, EcoWatch

[Editor’s note: Since the We Are Seneca Lake campaign began on Oct. 23, 2104, there have been 216 arrests, with six of those arrests yesterday. The campaign is working to protect Seneca Lake and the surrounding Finger Lakes region from the gas storage expansion project by Texas-based energy company, Crestwood Midstream. Crestwood’s intention is to repurpose the crumbling salt mines underneath Seneca Lake’s hillside into massive gas tanks for highly-pressurized products from fracking: methane, propane and butane.]

I told the guy at the wilderness outfitter store that I needed footwear appropriate for standing motionless in frigid temperatures with occasional bouts of below-zero wind chill. For possibly long periods of time.

He asked if I was going ice fishing.

There are no guidebooks for how to carry out a sustained civil disobedience campaign during winter—let alone one that involves human blockades that intercept trucks attempting to enter a compressor station site on a steeply sloping lakeshore with 18 inches of snowpack. Continue reading Seneca Lake Uprising Continues

Attorney Crisscrosses West Virginia and Beyond to Teach About Pipelines

Elise Keaton with Greenbrier River Watershed Association meeting thousands of people

By Michael M. Barrick, Appalachian Chronicle

LEWISBURG, W.Va. – Keeping up with Elise Keaton as she crisscrosses West Virginia – and beyond – is not an easy task. But then, Keaton has a big job – to stay ahead of energy companies rushing to receive approval for the development of several natural gas pipelines.

Elise KeatonIn fact, the pace and tactics of the companies seeking to build the pipelines are such that even the most informed of citizens is finding it difficult to keep abreast of developments. So Keaton, the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the Greenbrier River Watershed Association (GRWA), keeps moving from her office here.

An attorney, Keaton began with the GRWA in mid-October last year. There has been little time for rest since, she revealed. “We’ve held meetings in Montgomery and Roanoke Counties in Virginia as well as in Monroe, Summers, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Upshur, Pocahontas, Lewis and Monongalia counties in West Virginia. We will be in Braxton, Harrison, and Franklin counties within the next month. I’ve probably spoken to and with about 1,500 folks.” Continue reading Attorney Crisscrosses West Virginia and Beyond to Teach About Pipelines