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Methane Emissions From Gas Wells Up To 1,000 Times Higher Than Federal Estimate: Study

Methane Emissions From Gas Wells Up To 1,000 Times Higher Than Federal Estimate: Study

Town of Davenport RESOLVES to vigorously fight pipeline

HEAR BY RESOLVED, by the Town Board of Davenport, that any action by Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC to route its proposed line through Davenport will meet vigorous opposition to avoid this significant hazard placed within our jurisdiction.

EPA asks FERC to review impacts from increased greenhouse gas emissions

Important story here:  The EPA is asking that FERC review impacts from increased greenhouse gas emissions and impacts which the buildout of increased gas drilling would have if the construction of a LNG export plant were permitted.

(Reuters) - The U.S. environmental regulator has raised concerns that a federal review of Sempra Energy's proposed liquefied natural gas export project did not include an assessment of the potential effects of more natural gas drilling.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued its finding earlier this month. It urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to weigh indirect greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental effects that would flow from the increase in gas drilling needed to support exports from the Cameron plant in Louisiana.

The Department of Energy approved exports from the project in February, but the plant must still get clearances from FERC.

The EPA's assessment is a fresh angle in the long running debate of how much LNG the U.S. should export.

FERC should "consider the extent to which implementation of the proposed project could increase the demand for domestic natural gas extraction, as well as potential environmental impacts associated with the potential increased production of natural gas," the EPA said in response to the commission's draft review of the project.

The finding, dated March 3, was released by FERC late on Friday.

FERC has long resisted calls from environmental groups such as the Sierra Club to consider the effects of shale gas production in its review of the safety and environmental impacts of LNG export facilities.

A spokeswoman said FERC would take the EPA's comments and other public input into consideration as it crafts its final environmental review, currently set for release by April 30.

Energy analysts said FERC will probably decide there is no need for an extensive analysis of the indirect greenhouse gas emissions that would be caused by one LNG export project.

A federal appeals court ruled in FERC's favor in 2012 in a similar case regarding Crestwood Midstream Partner's Marc 1 natural gas pipeline. In that case, environmental groups argued that the commission should have done a more expansive review of the impact of natural gas production.

"I don't think FERC will defer to Sierra Club's or EPA's issues on the upstream unless or until regulations change," said Christi Tezak, energy analyst for ClearView Energy Partners.

The shale gas boom, spurred by advances in drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has led to record U.S. natural gas production and paved the way for the United States to become a major gas exporter.

Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure to extract fuel. Critics have blamed the practice for water contamination and say that increased drilling is polluting the air. (Reporting by Ayesha Rascoe, editing by Ros Krasny and David Gregorio)

Josh Fox, director of Gasland, speaks out against the UNconstitutional Pipeline

This week Josh Fox, director of Gasland, wrote a blog against the UNconstitutional Pipeline

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Texas court finds that pipelines do devalue land, and awards family $2.1 million in damages

"This verdict sends a strong message that pipeline easements often cause significant damages to property beyond the easement area,"

says Austin-based eminent domain attorney Luke Ellis of Johns Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP, who represented the family partnership at trial.

"Unfortunately, many Texas landowners don't realize that they have a constitutional right to seek just compensation for such damages."

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DEC requests more time

Citing nearly a dozen points where the current DEIS has fallen short of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation agency’s requests and requirements, the NYSDEC, today issued the following to FERC.

STP to host Letter Writing Parties

STP will hold parties to help you write letters on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Nebraska Law That Allowed Keystone XL Struck Down
February 20, 2014


"They came out here like a bunch of bullies and tried to force it down our throats," Thompson said. "They told us there was nothing we could do to stop it."

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nebraska-law-allowed-keystone-xl-struck-down

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Tomgram: Ellen Cantarow, The Frontlines of Fracking
January 30, 2014

Ellen Cantarow's article about the UNconstitutional pipeline has been cross-posted around the world.

Read the complete text here.

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Banks imposing large buffer zones around homes as a condition for mortgage

In writing for the New York State Bar Association Journal, Radow, who has brought many of these mortgage-market concerns to the attention of federal regulators, described what has happened of late in her neck of the woods near the Marcellus Shale.

“Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Provident Funding, GMAC, FNCB, Fidelity and First Liberty, First Place Bank, Solvay Bank, Tompkins Trust Company, CFCU Community Credit Union and others are either imposing large buffer zones (too large for many borrowers) around the home as a condition to the loan or not granting a mortgage at all,” she wrote.