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52 Groups Protest Pipeline Proliferation in Delaware River Basin

December 3, 2012

Pipeline construction disrupts communities, degrades waterways, destroys habitat. Source: Marcellus Effect.

Proliferating pipelines “are a significant source of waterway degradation,” fifty-two groups from throughout the four-state Delaware River Basin (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware) point out in a letter urging the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to exercise jurisdiction over pipelines being constructed and proposed within the watershed.

The groups, including Protecting Our Waters, assert that the DRBC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, as well as the Delaware River Basin Compact itself, mean that pipelines should be subject to DRBC jurisdiction, docketing, and oversight.

The DRBC will meet this coming Wednesday, December 5th, in West Trenton, NJ: please come if you can. See Protecting Our Waters’ Action Alert here and Delaware Riverkeeper Network alert here.

Please sign this petition to help protect our communities, waterways, wildlife, and climate from pipeline proliferation.

We worry about more than water. Pipelines leak methane, a greenhouse gas 105 times more potent than CO2 in its climate impact over a 20-year period, at a rate of 7 to 9%, according to the Pipeline Safety Coalition. Fracked gas pipelines also mean more compressor stations, which create smog and release hazardous air emissions, leading to increases in lung disease and other health impacts.

Increasingly, grassroots groups are now organizing to stop pipelines proliferation altogether. For example,  “Stop the Pipeline” is challenging the Constitution Pipeline, planned for 120 miles from Susquehanna County, PA through four New York counties.

Stopping pipeline proliferation makes great sense. An estimated 50% of Marcellus Shale gas is destined for overseas LNG markets, and production declines are remarkably steep. So, can now see that in addition to its negative environmental, health and climate impacts, shale gas will soon be neither cheap, nor abundant, despite the massive industry advertising campaign designed to distracts us from the post-boom bust.

Pipeline proliferation induces further shale gas development, pushing back against renewable energy and energy conservation, going in the exact opposite direction from sane energy solutions.

Even on the basis of water impacts alone, the DRBC is obliged to review pipeline projects. Let’s make sure they do!

See “Fifty-two Organizations Demand Delaware River Basin Commission Review of Pipeline Projects” for the entire press release, including contact information, sent out November 26th by all the groups pressuring DRBC right now. And again, here’s the excellent, informative petition on change.org to protect the Delaware River watershed.

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