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Report on Important Resources and Pipeline Impacts

Hopewell Big Woods Pipeline Report

Hopewell Big Woods Pipeline Report

At the request of East Nantmeal, North Coventry, South Coventry, Union, Warwick, and West Vincent Townships, Natural Land Trust, French & Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust and Green Valleys Association have compiled a summary of the important natural, recreational, and historical resources in the Hopewell Big Woods. The report also provides information about the potential impacts of the proposed Commonwealth Pipeline or any other future utility rights-of-way that would pass through the landscape.

 

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How to Kill a Cow or the Pipeline Blues

In a letter to Lancaster Farming, Christy Ann Strange documents the struggle she has had after the construction of gas pipeline across her farm. Her issues range from 6-inch landscaping nails causing injury to livestock, stripping of soil, damage to standing trees and littering a field with rock. East Nantmeal residents could learn from this to be very careful about any land lease agreements with pipeline agents. In particular you will need to incorporate protections for your property during construction and specificĀ remediation of the area post construction.

Pipeline clear cuts trees without permission

In Ohio, near the Blackhand Gorge Nature Preserve, Houston-based Enterprise Products Partners cut down trees to make way for the installation of an underground pipeline. The company took down 100 trees owned by a private resident, 300 feet from the state-owned preserve. According to a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, “it appears that a small tract of land owned by the state was impacted without permission”. The county planning commission sent Enterprise a letter indicating that they had violated floodplain regulations. See theĀ Columbus Dispatch article from 02/22/2013.

Courtney Hergesheimer | DISPATCH

Courtney Hergesheimer | DISPATCH

Right through the heart

The Reading Eagle recently wrote about the Commonwealth Pipeline’s path through Berks and Chester County. The article, Right through the heart, indicated that county commissioners want to give access to natural gas service to business owners in northern Berks county along I-78. However to the south along the Berks-Chester county line there is a different point of view that sees the pipeline as a threat to the integrity of an important conservation area.

Senator Andrew Dinniman to Introduce Notification Legislation

Senator Andrew Dinniman will introduce a three bill legislative package to improve how the DEP notifies the general public of important permitting action and how it provides access to related documents; to protect taxpayer-funded easements against pipeline projects on an acre-to-acre basis; and to protect agricultural easements against condemnation of land for pipeline and Electric Corridor projects. For the complete text of Senator Dinniman’s memo issued January 23, 2013, click here.

Neighboring Townships Resolutions

The Boards of Supervisors for Warrwick Township and West Vincent Township have both passed Resolutions regarding the Commonwealth Pipeline.

Warrick Township Resolution on the Pipeline Project
Warrick Township Revised Resolution on the Pipeline Project

West Vincent Township Resolution on the Pipeline Project

North Coventry Resolution on the Pipeline Project