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September 23, 2014

Rally reaches Statehouse Gas pipeline protesters meet with Gov. Patrick

BOSTON — An estimated 400 to 500 people rallied on the Boston Common Wednesday,
bringing their “Stop the Pipeline” message to the Statehouse.
Speakers included local legislators, Reps. Stephen Kulik, and Denise Andrews, all
opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposal for a nearly 300-mile pipeline that
would cut across nine Franklin County towns on its way to Dracut, north of Lowell.
Following the two-hour rally, five of its organizers met privately with Gov. Deval Patrick,
Energy and Environmental Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, calling for their opposition to
the pipeline project and presenting them with two petitions.

Utility: ATVs damaging pipeline routes in Erie region
Published: June 22. 2014 12:01AM

So much fun, it must be illegal.

 

That's the headline of a National Fuel advertisement cautioning recreational riders to stay away from natural gas pipelines buried throughout the region.

 

The drivers of all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, cars and even trucks are traveling along pipeline rights of way in some areas and have knocked down pipeline markers, cut through locks and gates, and damaged private property, National Fuel spokeswoman Sandra James said.

 

"Vehicles also are ripping up the grass, which increases the potential for erosion, or the covering over the pipeline being washed away," James said. "And that threatens the integrity of the high-pressure transmission line itself."

 

National Fuel distributes gas through more than 6,000 miles of pipeline in Pennsylvania and New York. Most of the lines are 3 to 4 feet below ground, depending on the terrain.

 

One of those pipelines crosses mostly wooded property on Henderson Road, in the Belle Valley area of Millcreek Township. Karl and Sally Ebert inherited the 57 acres from family. Other family members own property nearby.

 

The pipeline right of way on their properties is being used as a highway, mostly by four-wheelers and other ATVs, Karl Ebert said. Gates meant to keep the vehicles out of the right of way have had locks cut off, been torched and torn down, most recently this spring. Pipeline markers have been knocked down and removed, he said.

 

Elsewhere on the property, riders have cut trees down to clear paths for vehicles, Ebert said.

 

"We've had all kind of damage to our property, including the National Fuel right of way. A couple different hillsides are eroding because of traffic from four-wheelers and ATVs," he said.

 

Riders encroaching on private property, including a pipeline right of way, can be charged with trespass by motor vehicle, criminal trespass and criminal mischief, the latter ranging from a summary violation to a felony depending on circumstances, including the extent of the property damage, Millcreek Township police Capt. Carter Mook said.

 

National Fuel will press charges against trespassers to recoup the cost of damages, and to save customers from paying the tab, James said.

 

"If a rider damages the right of way and is caught, he will be held responsible for restoration costs, including things like fence repair, topsoil replacement, manpower and equipment costs, and reseeding," James said.

 

The rights of way can be dangerous to more than riders' pocketbooks.

 

"There are also valves above ground in some areas that have been hit and damaged by riders. If a vehicle hits that at any speed, riders could be hurt by them," James said.

 

While pipeline routes can seem like attractive pathways through fields and woods, they were created for the placement, safe operation and maintenance of natural gas transmission lines, James said.

 

"They go through private property and are not intended for recreational purposes. Driving on them is illegal, and dangerous," she said.

 

National Fuel officials ask anyone who spots a vehicle on a pipeline right of way to call police or the company's security department, at (888) 634-6344, Ext. 221.

 

 

 

VALERIE MYERS can be reached at 878-1913 or by e-mail. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNmyers.

 
 
THANK YOU!
August 18, 2014

Stop the Pipeline thanks the businesses and individuals who helped make the first-ever STP Summer Gathering such a huge success! The event was well-attended and resistence was reinforced. This will support our ongoing efforts to defeat the attempts of “Constitution” and Kinder Morgan to lay massive, high pressure gas pipelines through our farmlands, forests, and back yards.

Again, many thanks from Stop the Pipeline and the many landowners whose interests we represent.

TGP rescind permission previously granted letter template available
August 1, 2014

Stop the Pipeline has produced a simple letter template you can use to rescind permission previously granted to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, its representatives, contractors, sub-contractors, or associates to enter your land to perform surveys, or for any other purpose.

Upland Forest Plan was to be part of DEIS!
June 17, 2014

The US Environmental Protection Agency submitted comments on the Constitution Pipeline Company's Preliminary Migratory Bird and Upland Forest Plan dated May 2014.

...we also have a major procedural concern in that the Migratory Bird and Upland Forest Plan was not part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement...and therefore did not receive thorough public and agency review and comment."

FERC DEIS
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THE PEOPLE VERSUS BIG ENERGY
June 2, 2014

New York is just one U.S. state leading grassroots efforts to keep Big-Gas and Big-Oil pipelines from destroying its farms, ranches, forests and state parks. Check out this recent inspiring New York Times story about a group of Nebraska citizens fighting their own pipeline – the Keystone XL.

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EXPORTING FRACKED GAS IS NOT ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
June 1, 2014

Call Governor Cuomo (518-474-8390). Tell him to halt the expanded use of dirty natural gas in New York and to be a leader for clean, alternative energy sources.

LANDOWNERS FLIP THE SCRIPT ON EMINENT DOMAIN
May 29, 2014

Landowners are refusing to sign right-of-way agreements with Constitution Pipeline, instead opting to force the pipeline company to go through eminent domain proceedings if the project is approved. This Public Radio report from early May tells the story.

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FERC FAILS
June 5, 2014

In April, the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the NY State Attorney General’s Office, the NYDEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and other agencies concluded that FERC's DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) was incomplete.