15 reasons (and there are many more) why we don’t want a new gas pipeline to run through Delmarva
The purpose of a proposed Delmarva Pipeline is to flow “natural” gas to two rural counties in the southern portion of the peninsula — Somerset County and Accomack County.
The 190-mile fracked-gas pipeline is proposed to start in Rising Sun and pass through all of our Eastern Shore counties (except for Worcester) before crossing into Virginia to end at a proposed power station in Accomack.
The Delmar va Pipeline Company, aka H4 Capital Partners, is now reportedly getting ready to file plans with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to make it happen.
Here are some of the reasons why it’s a bad idea:
1. Methane gas escapes and creates planet warming and climate change. Though “natural” gas produces half the carbon dioxide than its equivalent in coal when burned, its main component, methane, is a potent greenhouse gas when released uncombusted. A study available in the journal Science finds that the U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane from its operations each year — nearly 60 percent more than currently estimated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
2. Pipelines are dangerous and cause damages and deaths. A couple examples: on September 14, 2008 a 30-inch pipeline explosion in Appomattox, Virginia, instantly destroyed two homes and injured five people; on September 9, 2010 a 30-inch pipeline exploded in San Bruno, California destroying 38 homes and killing eight people.
3. “Natural” gas pipeline explosions have killed hundreds of people, injured more than a thousand, and caused more than $5 billion in property damage.
4. Methane and other heavy hydrocarbons can enter ground water and thus drinking water. This pipeline threatens aquifers throughout Delmar va.
5. Farmland cut by pipelines suffer from reduced crop yield for life.
6. Inland and coastal wetlands remain an ecological resource for shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl, and other aquatic species that call these regions home. Industrial and urban development between 1954 and 1978 severely affected the region, with many salt marshes disappearing during this time and the over the last 200 years. Inland tidal marshes still do not have the protections other ecosystems in the region do. This pipeline will do more damage to already fragile and unique ecosystems.
7. Pipelines are often maintained by aerial spraying of herbicides that can cause many health problems in children and adults, and can also be harmful to livestock and crops.
8. The proposed Eastern Shore Pipeline will be 24 inches in diameter.
9. A pipeline creates an inherent conflict with mortgages and property insurance due to the hazardous materials and commercial operations on/under a homeowner’s property.
10. Pipelines cause reduced use of our land, lower land value, and reduce the ability to sell our land.
11. Restrictions of the pipeline right-of-way are many; they include: no buildings, no roads, no heavy equipment or trucks over the pipeline, no digging, no planting of trees.
12. Technically, anyone who owns property that the pipeline goes through will still own the land and pay taxes on it, but won’t be able to do much with it.
13. The pipeline can harm the groundwater for those on wells and contaminate the watershed into the Chesapeake Bay. 14. Fossil fuels are Stone Age. 15. The Delmarva Pipeline Company is based in Baltimore.
You can help stop this mistake from happening and find out more information at noeasternshorepipeline.org.
The CFO of the Delmarva Pipeline Company is Eliot Powell. You can reach him at the Delmar va Pipeline Company, 1414 Key Highway, Suite 201M, Baltimore MD 21230, ph: 667312-2963, or eliot.powell@delpipeco. com. * * *
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