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Pipelines lead to Fracking

Governor Cuomo wants to phase gas drilling in to New York. It is already starting near the Millenium Pipeline along the PA / NY border. If the Constitution Pipeline is built, we’ll be next in line to be fracked. Fracking pollutes the air, soil, and water - and makes people, and animals, sick.

“Open Access”

That means Williams will have to accept gas along the route. There will be a compressor station everyplace gas gets added to the pipeline. Compressor stations are notorious for emitting toxic chemicals. And even though Williams is saying that the Constitution pipeline is just for transportation, "open access" means gas can be taken from the pipeline, or ADDED to it.

Eminent Domain

A vast network of pipelines will quickly surround “The Constitution.” Pipelines devalue property. National insurance agencies will not insure property with a pipeline on it or near it. Construction debris. Blasting. Roads destroyed. Explosions. Stolen land.

  • Hydraulic fracturing or "Fracking" is a process of fracturing rock in order to release the natural gas from isolated veins deep within underground shale formations. The fractured rock is kept open using a “proppant” typically composed of sand and toxic chemicals. High-volume hydraulic fracturing is named because it uses millions of gallons of water per well. In order to capture a commercially viable amount of gas from the Marcellus shale formation the well is drilled vertically to approximately 500 feet above the formation and then the wellbore is turned horizontal to tap all the tiny pockets and veins of gas in the shale. A typical horizontal wellbore is 4,500 feet.

  • The current regulation of transportation pipelines by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has designated that interstate pipelines can serve only as transporters of natural gas, not sellers of gas. Pipelines must also offer so-called 'open access' to their transportation infrastructure to all other market players equally, referred to as 'open access' to the pipelines. This allows marketers, producers, local distribution companies (LDCs), and even end users themselves to contract for transportation of their natural gas via interstate pipeline, on an equal and unbiased basis. Quite simply gas can be added to the 'open access' pipeline.
  • Eminent domain is an action by the Federal Government to seize a citizen's private property, expropriate property, or seize a citizen's rights in property with due monetary compensation, but without the owner's consent.

Dashed Dreams!

"My daughter's dream is to build her home on this propery. She has been saving to do so since she was 14 years old. If the pipeline runs through our area, her dream and the legacy of our land that our family has had for generations is ruined!" 
--Leona Briggs, Oneonta, NY

Write to The Governor! Write to Governor Cuomo and tell him that New York State needs to stop the pipeline.

 

 

No environmental impacts? What about these?
No environmental impacts? What about these?

No environmental impacts? What about these?

 
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FERC DEIS fracking Constitution Pipeline Pipeline
New York DEC says Pipelines = Fracking
NY DEC says Pipelines = Fracking

Even the DEC says Pipelines = Fracking

NYS DEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)
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Because Pipeline = Fracking
Because Pipeline = Fracking
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LOSS OF PROPERTY VALUES, DIFFICULTY GETTING MORTGAGES AND HOME INSURANCE

A Colorado study done in 2001 in La Plata County showed that properties with coal-bed methane gas wells were valued 22 percent less than similar properties without wells. Wells located farther from the center of properties sold within the study area-at distances of greater than 550 feet and up to 2,600 feet-had a modest impact, if any, on the value of the property. The positive effect of nearby wells, a seemingly contradictory result, may have been due to a belief that the property would not be drilled because a well had already been drilled in close proximity- an effect that may not hold in the future.

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Before you consider negotiating, ask yourself:
Before you consider negotiating, ask yourself:

The "Constitution" Pipeline company wants to negotiate easements with landowners. When you find out how little they offer you might be disappointed. At a meeting on February 21, 2013, in Deposit NY the pipeline company told landowners: We will make a one time payment based on the "fair market value" of the land within the easement.
Here’s how they calculate that "fair market value" of land within an easement...

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March 1, 2013
How Much is it Worth?

The "Constitution" Pipeline company wants to negotiate easements with landowners. When you find out how little they offer, you might be disappointed.

At a meeting on February 21, 2013, in Deposit NY the pipeline company told landowners: We will make a one time payment based on the "fair market value" of the land within the easement.

Here’s how they calculate that "fair market value" of land within an easement...

 

Multiply the length of the easement, by the width of the easement (50 ft.), to get the square footage.
In the diagram above this would be 600 ft. x 50 ft. = 30,000 square ft.
2. Calculate what portion (percentage) of an acre the easement covers.
In this diagram it would be 30,000 square ft. ÷ 43,560 square ft. (the size of 1 acre) = 69% of an acre.
3. Multiply the price per acre that land is selling for in your area, by that percentage.
In this diagram the price per acre could be $5000. $5000 x 69% = $3,443.53
Therefore the "fair market value" of the easement in the diagram above would be $3,443.53

 

Other examples of easement values:

Length Width Square footage Price/Acre Fair Market Value
500 50 25,000 $2000 $1,147.84
1000 50 50,000 $2000 $2,295.68
500 50 25,000 $3000 $1,721.76
1000 50 50,000 $3000 $3,443.53
500 50 25,000 $5000 $2,869.61
1000 50 50,000 $5000 $5,739.21

 

There may be additional terms:

  • • In addition to the fair market value, the company may try to "sweeten the deal" by oering you more money for granting them an easement before they le an application.
  • • They may also oer another payment for trees cut, crops lost, and use of a construction easement. Here are some facts to consider:
  • • If you grant an easement before the company les an application to FERC, or before FERC certies the application, the easement can be sold to a third party.
  • • An easement becomes part of the title to your property, and is very dicult to remove.
  • • The company may acquire easements along the "alternate" routes, and later sell them to third parties, or use them for gathering or distribution pipelines.

Before you consider negotiating, ask yourself:

  • • How much is your land worth now?
  • • How much would your land be devalued with a 30-inch high-pressure gas pipeline buried on it?
  • • Would the monetary compensation for this easement be equal to the loss in your property’s value?
  • • Would your homeowner’s or liability insurance policies be aected if your property had a pipeline?
  • • If you have a mortgage, would the addition of a pipeline on your property put the mortgage at risk?
  • • In the future, how dicult would it be to sell your land if this pipeline was built?

If you don’t want a pipeline on your property, join with other landowners who are opposing it. Together we have a chance to win.

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