15 rea­sons (and there are many more) why we don’t want a new gas pipe­line to run through Del­marva

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Sports -

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. * * *

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Kent Is­land fresh­man quar­ter­back Matt Burn­side, shown here in a scrim­mage against Old Mill, will rely on his se­nior line for pro­tec­tion this year.

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