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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hanover Township Wants PennEast Pipeline Away From Watershed

Left to Right: Mark Tanczos, Glenn Walbert and John Diacogiannis
The latest changes made in the 114-mile route of the PennEast pipeline, which extends between Wilkes-Barre and Trenton, has Hanover Township Supervisors concerned. At their August 25 meeting, they directed Township Manager Jay Finnigan to send a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), expressing concerns about route changes that might have a negative impact on the water supply for 115,000 Lehigh Valley residents, including those in Hanover Township. While expressing no opposition to the pipeline, Supervisors were disturbed to learn that the latest changes not only go through the watershed, but place it too close to Bethlehem Authority's water transmission line.

The pipeline was re-routed so that it can supply gas service to the Blue Mountain Ski resort.

"It is the issue of the water supply that we're concerned about," observed Supervisor Glenn Walbert.


Anonymous said...

Sell the water, or "lease" it for a couple of generations, then it's not your problem any
The city of Allentown can help you with technical assistance and CACLV can handle all your PR and media needs.
It's good government!

Anonymous said...

What is the science behind this ridiculous vote?

Anonymous said...

I love a good joke in the morning.
You crack me up, thanks.

Anonymous said...

There is no science. They'd do better to prepare for a truck or rail disaster above ground.

Anonymous said...

NIMBYs over a pipe in the ground.

So much ado over nothing

Anonymous said...

Animal husbandry? I don't care whom one marries. I thought this post was about pipelines.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I deleted my comment, which I posted on the wrong thread.

Dennis R. Lieb said...

Keep making jokes about these pipelines when they don't go through your neighborhood. You will not be laughing out of the other side of your mouth when something goes wrong because you won't have a mouth (or a face) left to laugh out of. Anybody here done any research on the damage possible from a pipeline of this diameter failing in a populated area? I doubt it.

There is always a big brouhaha anytime the "government" wants to take someone's land through eminent domain for a public project - its then a property rights issue - yet here are private, for-profit companies that are taking easements through private land with the government's blessing because they are "public utilities" and thats OK because somebody in central Pa can make money off a land lease for fracking. Bullshit! Anybody interested in paying taxes at the going rate for land they own that is now useless and unavailable to them because I pipeline easement runs through it? Think about that when the city, county and school district tax bills come in.

This gas is not going to be sold here nor do we need another pipeline to supply this region - we have plenty of existing infrastructure for that. It is going straight to the NJ docks for liquification and resale overseas because thats where they can make the most money. Pure and simple. We hear all this patriotic propaganda about energy independence for America. Its a fucking scam to make the oil and gas industry rich at the expense of our land, water and natural resources, which we can't replace or repair once gone.

The thing that galls me the most is the gutless pandering of these municipal governments whose elected officials know this is a miserable deal for their communities but don't have the guts to stand up to the state, the DEP or the corporations and say no, even if it means going to court to do it. They'd rather hide behind regulatory agencies like FERC, who are nothing less than fucking paid puppets for the gas industry, and then say "Oh Well, we did our best."

These guys are either miserably under-educated in the affairs of their municipality or flat out unfit for public service. If I lived there I would have this message for them: Thanks for nothing you low-life gutless bureaucratic scumbags.


C said...

I agree with your positions Dennis. The taking of private land by the government for the benefit of a for profit company is just wrong.

Unknown said...

Dennis has just put education into this conversation.Thank you, Dennis. Its easy to call "NIMBY" when its not your land or children being affected by the outcomes, or if you haven't taken the time to research the impacts the natural gas infrastructure has on the land, water, people, and communities. Perhaps that is why remaining anonymous is a safe and easy decision.

Kara Scott