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 specific remediation of the area post construction.
Citing low natural gas prices and a slow economy, backers of the Commonwealth pipeline suspended the project. But that does not mean this pipeline, or a variant of it, will not eventually be developed. John J. Sherman, chief executive of Inergy Midstream L.P., told investors, “We still believe that the project is needed, it’s a good project, and it’s just a matter of time before it develops,” Inergy, based in Kansas City, Mo., would have built and operated the pipeline.
News items from The Inquirer, announcing the suspension, and the Daily Local News, covering concerns of local politicians, reinforce the notion that we have not seen the end of Commonwealth’s plan for East Nantmeal.
The Chester County commissioners have planned a public meeting for April 10 to develop a Pipeline Notification Protocol that will create a communications strategy for dealing with pipeline proposals. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the annex meeting room of the Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs.
Columbia Gas Transmission Group submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) plans to expand its pipelines in Gloucester County, NJ and Chester County, PA. According to the The Inquirer
The Chester County segment would run southward from Columbia’s Eagle Compressor Station on Fellowship Road in West Vincent Township. It would connect to the Downingtown Compressor Station on Poorhouse Road near the West Bradford Township municipal building. About 180 property owners would be affected.
The pipeline route will cross Brandywine Creek below Marsh Creek Reservoir, but Columbia plans to go under the creek using a horizontal drilling method to avoid having to trench through the waterway.
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.
- Pennsylvania’s network of large diameter natural gas pipelines will double and possibly quadruple in the next 20 years.The expansion is attributed to Marcellus shale gas development.
- The expansion could build 10,000 miles to 25,000 miles of new pipeline in Pennsylvania.
- Between 120,000 and 300,000 acres will be affected by natural gas pipeline construction, which is larger than the total area of all other Marcellus related infrastructure. Approximately half of this impacted area will be in Pennsylvania’s forests.
- The expanding network of pipeline rights-of-way will create 360,000 to 900,000 acres of new forest edges. This could eliminate habitat conditions needed by native interior forest species and expose the core forest to invasive species.
Along with encouraging the co-location of new capacity with existing rights-of-way, the Nature Conservancy recommends the development of Best Practices to avoid or minimize habitat impacts.
Penn State Extension offers free webinar on the best conservation practices for shale-gas extraction at 1 PM on February 21, 2013. Scott Bearer and Tamara Gagnolet, of The Nature Conservancy, will discuss their analysis of practices that could benefit the environment. Registration for this webinar is not necessary, and all are welcome to participate by logging in to https://meeting.psu.edu/pscems . For more information, contact Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed the webinar, past webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas), covering a variety of topics, such as Act 13; seismic testing; air pollution from gas development; water use and quality; zoning; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; gas pipelines and right-of-way issues; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.
The East Nantmeal Gas Pipeline Map depicts the approximate location of the proposed Commonwealth Pipeline as it passes through East Nantmeal. Please note that the final location may vary significantly from this map, as detailed surveys have not been completed.
If you have Google Earth, you can click on this link and open the data in Google Earth; then zoom in for a more refined view.
The Board of Directors of the East Nantmeal Land Trust has voted unanimously to oppose the proposed Commonwealth Pipeline in our community as it would involve extensive disturbance, and in some cases irreparable destruction, of the unique natural resources, open space and conserved land that our Township and its residents have fought so hard to protect.
A letter sent by the Delaware Riverkeeper (Maya K. van Rossum) to Carol Collier, the executive Director of the Delaware River BasinCommission on February 2, 2013. In it, van Rossum requests that the Commission review the proposed Commonwealth Pipeline.
She lists the many ways the pipeline would decimate the valuable resources that lie in it’s suggested path.She describes the scientific evidence of the importance of these areas. Further, she discusses the variety sites that the Delaware River Basin protects and the need for their oversight of any pipeline activity in its domain.The Articles of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedures (RPP) are detailed which command the Commission’s involvement.
Van Rossum suggests that the communities which are opposed to the siting of the pipeline in their territory might wish to use the language used in this letter to craft their resolutions and letters articulating their position against the proposal.
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.