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TODAY 5 pm: Constitution Pipeline Online Comment Deadline

November 9, 2012

What: Submit comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today by 5 pm

Comment about: Constitution Pipeline — the scope of FERCs Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Where to submit comment: You must use the FERC link here.

Document for guidance, support: Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s complete comment is here. You are commenting on the Constitution Pipeline Project; Docket No. PF12-9-000.

Laying pipeline for Marcellus Shale fracked gas. Photo: marcellus-shale.us

Why? Fracked gas pipelines directly damage air, water, and climate while causing even more damage by inducing escalated shale gas drilling. A pipeline is not just a pipeline: it includes health-damaging air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from compressor stations essential to the fracked gas infrastructure. Public testimony at Constitution Pipeline hearings has run at about 95 residents from impacted areas opposed, compared per each 5 residents in favor. This interstate pipeline proposed to transport Marcellus Shale fracked gas affects six counties: two in PA, four in NY.

Isn’t this a sham? Yes and no. Yes: FERC tends to rubber-stamp every pipeline permit that comes their way, regardless of concerns raised and well-founded opposition. No: It is not a sham because FERC is legally obliged to read, process, respond to and address all the concerns sent to them regarding the scope of their EIS.  Please comment now!

Export colony? Shipping shale gas as LNG requires pipelines and more pipelines. Photo: economist.com

Export contracts for Europe and Asia are increasing every day. For example, from Reuters:

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s biggest utility, Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T), is in advanced talks to secure liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from North America and help reduce high import prices as Japan cuts reliance on nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster, company officials said on Tuesday.

One Comment
  1. Betsy Herbert permalink
    November 9, 2012 2:29 pm

    It’s not worth it to damage the air, water and people in these area!

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