Update on Duke Energy/Dominion Fracking Gas Pipeline

Include in this update:

  • “Dominion pipeline would have devastating consequences” from Shenandoah Group, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • Sierra Club Virgina Chapter reaction to the announcement
  • Information that the WV Sierra Club Chapter has provided to their members
  • Information from Dominion website (to be taken with a couple grains of salt), including sate and county pipeline maps

 

Below are some reactions from the Virgina and West Virgina Sierra Club Chapters about the proposed Duke Energy/Dominion Pipeline.

You should also check out the public information about the pipeline from the Dominion website (see below).

If you missed our first post and/or want more information see “Fracking boom prompts $5B Dominion gas pipeline”

Dominion pipeline would have devastating consequences
June 9, 2014

Although Dominion Virginia Power has kept details about the “Southeast Reliability Project,” a natural gas pipeline that would cross Highland and Augusta counties en route to North Carolina, vague, it is clear the construction and maintenance of such large-scale pipeline would have devastating consequences.

Among the many reasons the Sierra Club in Virginia opposes the project are:

The pipeline will cross nearly 50 miles of hardwood forests of the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests, threatening wildlife, water quality, and recreation. If the pipeline is built, gas producers will argue that drilling wells in the GWNF makes sense given the proximity of a pipeline. New wells and fracking will endanger the unique qualities of this magnificent Appalachian forest and further threaten clean water resources in the mid-Atlantic region.

The pipeline would cross and blight the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, two of Virginia’s great natural attractions. It will cross a portion of the McDowell Battlefield and other historically significant sites in the Commonwealth.

The pipeline would not be totally underground. There would be cuts and disturbance of the natural environment. Warning signs, valves, crossings, service roads, and compressor stations would scar the landscape.

In Highland and Augusta counties, the pipeline would cross dozens of streams and rivers including the Bullpasture, the Cowpasture, and the headwaters of the Middle and South rivers. In Virginia, the trunkline and laterals would cross an astonishing 448 waterways. Every cut promises increased erosion, sediment and potential pollution.

Our farmlands, forests, and conservation easements will be marked forever. Passing through the karst limestone of western Virginia, the pipeline may fall victim to sink holes or natural caves that could cause leaks or a catastrophic failure.

More reliance on natural gas will increase greenhouse gas pollution from Virginia power plants. It appears Dominion expects to export much of this gas thereby increasing greenhouse gas emissions abroad.

We are adamantly opposed to Dominion’s proposed pipeline because it threatens our environment, the region’s natural and cultural history, and our way of life that cannot be mitigated by slight changes to the route.

TOM LONG

Mount Solon

The writer is pipeline issues chair of Shenandoah Group, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club.

http://www.newsleader.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/06/09/dominion-pipeline-devastating-consequences/10240141/

 

Sierra Club Virgina Chapter reaction to the announcement

Glen Besa, Virginia director of the Sierra Club: “It is most disheartening that the very first major energy announcement coming from the McAuliffe administration is in support of Dominion’s natural gas pipeline to facilitate expanded fracking. There are far more opportunities to create jobs and address climate change in Virginia through investments in energy efficiency, solar power and offshore wind.”
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The Sierra Club warned the pipeline could open the door to fracking: “It is most disheartening that the very first major energy announcement coming from the McAuliffe Administration is in support of Dominion’s natural gas pipeline to facilitate expanded fracking,” said Glen Besa, Virginia Director of the Sierra Club.

Information that the WV Sierra Club Chapter has provided to their members

WV Chapter Know Your RightsWV Newsletter 2014 4 jul-aug Surveyors

Additional information from Dominion website (to be taken with a couple grains of salt):

Landowner Participation

Dominion has notified landowners along a 400-foot wide study corridor. Preliminary survey work and route planning have been under way since May and could be completed by year-end.

Dominion is progressing toward a final recommended route, thanks to the nearly 70 percent of affected landowners who have given us permission to survey.

Crews are surveying and obtaining information from affected landowners along the way to determine the best route with least impacts to the environment, historic and cultural resources.

Proposed Routes

View proposed route maps below:

Complete Route | West Virginia | Virginia | North Carolina

North Carolina Counties

Cumberland
Halifax
Johnston
Nash
Northampton
Robeson
Sampson
Wilson

Outreach and Schedule

Dominion began meetings in early August and has additional meetings with county boards of commissioners and supervisors of the affected counties in all three states to provide a project update.

Open houses along the route are scheduled for the weeks of Sept. 15 and Sept. 22 to provide government officials, landowners and the general public opportunities to view the latest maps, talk with Dominion representatives and ask questions. (> View a list of open houses.)

Additional open houses and other meetings will be held throughout the process, allowing all parties the chance to better understand the project.

Resources and FAQs

https://www.dom.com/business/gas-transmission/atlantic-coast-pipeline/index.jsp

City of Charlotte Throwing $1000s Away

The City of Charlotte is wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars by the lack of policies and programs to conserve energy across our community.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has issued a report for Charlotte’s Energy Efficiency programs and it’s bad. Really bad!!

Charlotte scored 23.75 points out of a possible 100 points.

Charlotte ranked 31st out of 34 major metropolitan cites.

We hope that Charlotte elected officials and staff will review this report and decided to get serious about energy efficiency. Click below to see how we did in each of 5 areas. Let your elected City officials and staff know that we want to save energy, save money, and save the environment.

Energy Efficiency is ‘Cheapest Fuel’

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City of Charlotte Total Score – 23.75 out of 100

Charlotte City Scorecard Rank – 31 out of 34 major metropolitan areas

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Read the full report at: http://database.aceee.org/city/charlotte-nc#sthash.2vwIyHiv.dpuf

EPA Clean Power Plan Background Information

Check out these Sierra Club resources on the EPA Clean Power Plan. Put this information to use tonight, Sept 9th!

Citizen’s Climate Hearing
September 9th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Myers Park Baptist Church
Heaton Hall
1900 Queens Rd, Charlotte, NC 28207

Free Solar Tours preceding the hearing – 5:00 and 5:30 PM

Hearing Format
•    Please limit oral comments to 3 minutes (typically 400 – 450 words)
•    Please bring a copy of prepared comments for the court reporter (optional)
•    Written comments may be of any length and submitted without public speaking

New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy

Time for the fracking industry to come clean

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Friends,

Tell EPA that the oil and gas industry must disclose the chemicals used in fracking.

Send your letter.

Send your letter

Some recipes are worth sharing, especially when the natural gas industry’s secret fracking chemical cocktail jeopardizes the health of communities across the country.

The EPA has the chance to hold the oil and gas industry accountable by doing two big things — requiring companies to disclose the chemicals used in fracking and requiring studies into how these chemicals impact public health. Since the oil and gas industry is fighting any effort to regulate fracking, it is critical that the EPA hears loud and clear that we have a right to know what chemicals are pumped into fracked wells.

Send your letter today. Tell the EPA that the oil and gas industry must disclose all chemicals used in the fracking process.

Knowing which chemicals are poisoning our air and water is a crucial step to reining in this dangerous industry. Complete disclosure gives activists like you, medical professionals and researchers the power to understand the full scope of health impacts from fracking and potentially trace the pollution back to the polluter.

Tell EPA to hold the oil and gas industry accountable and put the interests of our communities and public health first. With your help, we can send 20,000 letters by Tuesday.

Thanks for all that you do,

Deb Nardone
Director, Dirty Fuels Initiative
Sierra Club

P.S. Six letters are even better than one. Please share this with five of your friends and family.

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“Fracking boom prompts $5B Dominion gas pipeline”

See below for the following stories and information:

  • Fracking boom prompts $5B Dominion gas pipeline
  • Map of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline
  • Dominion Site website pipeline information link
  • Duke Energy website pipeline information link
  • NC News Coverage
    • 5 Public meetings – Sept 22,23,25
    • NC News Coverage
    • Second major gas pipeline to enter NC
    • Dominion Resources will build 550-mile natural gas pipeline into NC
    • McCrory praises eastern NC natural gas pipeline
    • McCrory: Proposed Gas Pipeline To Bring Economic Benefits To Region
  • VA News Coverage
    • Dominion Gas Pipeline:  Bad news and a call to action!
    • McAuliffe boosts gas pipeline but environmental groups dissent
    • Controversial natural gas pipeline through Virginia draws governor’s backing, fracking opponents’ ire
    • New Natural Gas Pipeline Would Run Through The George Washington National Forest
    • VA Sierra Club Newsletter Summer 2014

 

This lead story sums up what we’re facing. Below you’ll find a pipeline map, information from the Dominion and Duke Energy websites, links to recent news articles, and dates and times for the 5 public meetings to be held in eastern North Carolina this month. Stay tuned, more information to follow.


Fracking boom prompts $5B Dominion gas pipeline

Spurred by the nation’s fracking boom, Dominion proposed Tuesday its largest natural gas pipeline — a nearly $5 billion project to move vast supplies produced in the mid-Atlantic to the Southeast.
“This will be one of the largest pipelines to take advantage of the abundant supply of natural gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania,” says Dominion spokesman Jim Norvelle.
Santa (Donald Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, an industry group) says he doesn’t expect the pipeline to engender the same controversy that has held up approval of the northern leg of the Keystone pipeline, which would carry tar sands oil from Canada to the upper Midwest.
“It’s a different situation,” he says, noting the Dominion-led project does not cross a national border so it does not need an environmental review and permit from the U.S. State Department. He says FERC has a good track record of authorizing gas pipelines, and there’s public demand for natural gas deliveries.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/09/02/fracking-5b-dominion-gas-pipeline/14962483/

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

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Dominion Site
https://www.dom.com/business/gas-transmission/atlantic-coast-pipeline/index.jsp

Duke Site
Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas select Dominion to build
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will meet those objectives by roughly paralleling
the underscored the national need for more natural gas pipelines

[PDF] Barclays Capital CEO Energy-Power Conference September
Page 5. Atlantic Coast Pipeline to benefit customers and regional economies –
On Sept. and operate the Atlantic Coast Pipeline – Project Overview:

NC News

Public meetings

Additional details about Atlantic Coast Pipeline can be found at https://www.dom.com/business/gas-transmission/atlantic-coast-pipeline/index.jsp. The company also will hold a series of town-hall style informational meetings with North Carolina residents who live near the proposed pipeline route. The meetings start at 5 p.m. for landowners in the study corridor and at 6:30 for the general public.

Sept. 22

• UNC Pembroke, COMTech Regional Center, Pembroke

• Rose Hill Plantation, Nashville

Sept. 23

• Holiday Inn Fayetteville I-95 South, Fayetteville

• The Centre at Halifax Community College, Weldon

Sept. 25

•  Johnston County Agricultural Center, Smithfield

Second major gas pipeline to enter NC
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/09/02/5144589/dominion-to-build-and-operate.html

Dominion Resources will build 550-mile natural gas pipeline into NC
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/02/4115878_duke-energy-and-partners-to-build.html

McCrory praises eastern NC natural gas pipeline
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/09/02/4116988/mccrory-praises-eastern-nc-natural.html

McCrory: Proposed Gas Pipeline To Bring Economic Benefits To Region
http://www.wilmingtonbiz.com/more_news/2014/09/02/mccrory_proposed_gas_pipeline_to_bring_economic_benefits_to_region/12263

VA News
Dominion Gas Pipeline:  Bad news and a call to action!
http://www.friendsofshenandoahmountain.org/news

McAuliffe boosts gas pipeline but environmental groups dissent
http://fairfaxnews.com/2014/09/mcauliffe-boosts-gas-pipeline-environmental-groups-dissent/

Controversial natural gas pipeline through Virginia draws governor’s backing, fracking opponents’ ire
http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/09/controversial-natural-gas-pipeline-through-virginia-draws-governor-s-backing-fracking-opponents-ire-.html

New Natural Gas Pipeline Would Run Through The George Washington National Forest
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/02/3478041/atlantic-coast-pipeline/

VA Sierra Club Newsletter Summer 2014

VA Pipeline

March or the Polar Bear gets it!

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“When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?” This is the question that Disruption investigates in the 60-minute documentary with narration based on the writings of Bill McKibben.

Disruption takes a fearless look at the devastating consequences of inaction on climate change. The film calls for bold action now and shows how building a renewable energy future can help provide solutions to our fossil-fuel addicted economy. “We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it,” says the films synopsis.

Disruption takes you behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize what will likely be the largest climate rally in the history of the planet—the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York City during the United Nation’s Climate Summit.

Disruption will be released for free online Sept. 7. Independent screenings and house parties are being planned around the country so people can watch the movie together.

The film boasts inspiring interviews with many climate leaders including: Leslie Cagan, Keya Chatterjee, Dr. Heidi Cullen, Justin Gillis, Dr. James Hansen, Chris Hayes, Dennis Hayes, Naomi Klein, Van Jones, Bill McKibben, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Ricken Patel, Yeb Saño, Jeanette Toomer and more.

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