HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) and three other environmental groups based in other Appalachian states have joined forces to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for not properly informing the public regarding the construction of proposed natural gas pipelines throughout the region.
Rails glow red hot and fire still smolders Tuesday at the site of a derailed oil train in Fayette County on Tuesday. A home was incinerated in the oil-fueled fire after the derailment, leaving only its foundation. A man escaped from the home and was treated for possible respiratory problems./Photo by Charleston Daily Mail
A CSX train transporting volatile crude from North Dakota’s Bakken shale derailed in Fayette County, West Virginia on February 16. Explosions rocked nearby houses and oil spilled into the Kanawha River.
Note: The CSX train which derailed in a residential area near Montgomery, WV originated in North Dakota and was headed to a storage depot in Yorktown, Virginia. It was carrying highly volatile crude oil from the Bakken shale. Downstream water treatment plants have been closed because of the oil being spilled into the river.
BECKLEY — Add the collective voice of the Monroe County Board of Health to the roster of opponents lining up against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline.
The MVP, which is in the permitting process right now, will stretch from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia when completed, with a path that includes portions of Nicholas, Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties. The controversial 42-inch diameter pipeline will transport liquefied natural gas.
In a lengthy open letter, Dr. J. Travis Hansbarger, Monroe County health officer, writes on behalf of the five members of the Board of Health, “The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline poses a significant and substantial risk for the health and welfare of Monroe County residents. The pipeline is designed to pass close to a public school and a long term care center, risking the welfare of some of our most vulnerable residents. Most importantly, our pristine water supplies will be in constant danger of contamination from runoff and turbidity. Continue reading Mountain Valley Pipeline: Monroe Board of Health Voices Opposition→
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.
In 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→
A gas pipeline in Brooke County, West Virginia exploded into a ball of flames on Monday morning, marking the fourth major mishap at a U.S. pipeline this month.
No one was hurt in the explosion, but residents told the local WTRF 7 news station that they could see a massive fireball shooting hundreds of feet into the air. An emergency dispatcher reportedly told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the flames had melted the siding off one home and damaged at least one power line. The gas pipeline is owned by Houston, Texas-based The Enterprise Products, L.P., which said Monday evening that it is investigating the cause of the explosion.
The West Virginia explosion is the fourth in a string of news-making pipeline incidents this month. Earlier this month, a gas pipeline in Mississippi operated by GulfSouth Pipeline exploded, rattling residents’ windows and causing a smoke plume large enough to register on National Weather Service radar screens. On Jan. 17, a pipeline owned by Bridger Pipeline LLC in Montana spilled up to 50,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River, a spill that left thousands of Montanans without drinkable tap water. Just a few days later, on Jan. 22, it was discovered that 3 million gallons of saltwater drilling waste had spilled from a North Dakota pipeline earlier in the month. That spill was widely deemed the state’s largest contaminant release into the environment since the North Dakota oil boom began. Continue reading West Virginia Explosion Fourth Major Pipeline Accident in Two Weeks→
RICHMOND, Va. – Hundreds of Shenandoah Valley landowners are refusing to let Dominion survey for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The power company is suing about 50 property owners and says it will sue more.
Community organizers say the majority of landowners on the route in Augusta and Nelson Counties are refusing to give surveyors access to their land. Dominion has said it plans to take nearly 180 of them to court. Nancy Sorrells is co-chair of the Augusta County Alliance, a landowners group formed to oppose the pipeline. Continue reading Serious Pipeline Battle Brewing in the Shenandoah Valley→