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.”
and
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’

ACEEE-Energy-Manage1http://www.energymanagertoday.com/energy-efficiency-is-cheapest-fuel-099803/

City of Charlotte Total Score – 23.75 out of 100

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

Charlotte EE Ranking

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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

New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy

Thanks to Joel Olsen, president at Cornelius-based O2energies Inc., for speaking out in the Charlotte Business Journal opinion – New EPA rules on carbon will benefit economy!

Won’t you stand with Joel and others from across the state and speak out tomorrow, September 9th, at the Charlotte Citizen’s Climate Hearing (see flyer below for more information)?

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

VIEWPOINT – Sept 5, 2014
Joel Olsen

With the recent announcement of new federal rules to reduce carbon dioxide, market opportunities will open for clean energy, which is good news for North Carolina.

Our already booming solar industry ranks second in the nation for utility-scale capacity. Our state hosts more than 18,000 full-time jobs in the clean-energy sector.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules create an opportunity for renewable-energy and energy-efficiency businesses, as well as natural gas and nuclear, to play an increasingly important role in the transition to a low-carbon future.

The EPA rules also will help level the playing field both nationally and on the global stage where U.S. industry must compete.

Take our automobile industry as an example. When lax domestic regulations allowed automakers to produce cars with lower fuel efficiency in the U.S. market, they quickly found that those cars could not be sold in foreign markets with higher fuel-efficiency standards. Instead of boosting efficiency, the U.S. auto industry lost market share, jobs and investor confidence as it tried to protect itself from being held to the regulatory requirements of its global competitors.

The new rules set national standards to reduce emissions from the generation of electricity, the largest source of carbon in the country. These stricter requirements will promote innovation, investment and jobs in America for clean-energy business while reducing emissions that cause pollution and global warming.

For O2energies, a developer and owner of solar farms in the Southeast, the new rules provide a clear market signal to our investors, suppliers and contractors that they should invest in projects, manufacture products and add jobs.

Thanks again Joel!

 

Charlotte Citizens Climate Hearing

Time for the fracking industry to come clean

Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

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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2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

At our August meeting we had a great presentation about the Sustain Charlotte 2014 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Report Card – “What would your parents say if you brought home this report card?”

Our September meeting on Wednesday the 24th will feature Heidi Pruess, Environmental Policy Administrator for Mecklenburg County’s Land Use and Environmental Services Agency, as she provides an Update on the Mecklenburg County Livability Plan (Click link for meeting information).

If you haven’t had a chance to review the 2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report, I highly recommend that you do so before the meeting. You can also click the link – Listen – to hear a discussion of the report from a WFAE Charlotte Talks show.

See you on the 24th for our monthly meeting!

 

WFAE Charlotte Talks: “Mecklenburg County Environmental Report Card” (from March 25, 2014)

Every two years Mecklenburg County does an environmental assessment and delivers an environmental report card of sorts. The report card for the last two years has just been released and we’ll meet with two officials to see how our region fared in Air, Land, Water and Waste use and efficiency. In most aspects the county has fared well but the recession did have an impact in some areas. We’ll find out which ones, what aspects of our environment passed with flying colors and what has room for improvement. We check the county’s environmental grade.

Guests
Heidi Pruess
– Community Plan and Sustainability Officer for Mecklenburg County
Jeff Michael – Director, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

The State of the Environment Report (SOER) has been used as an informative tool for understanding the current environmental state of our region while identifying strategies and recommendations to maintain and enhance our quality of life by ensuring clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and healthy land on which to live and recreate.

This 2014 SOER expands on the traditional identification of priority environmental indicators in Mecklenburg County by providing a trend analysis for each environmental indicator during recent history. Each SOER chapter button below provides a list of recommended actions for addressing these priority environmental indicators as well as informative and fun videos.

Visit Air Quality's Chapter Page Visit Land's Chapter Page
Visit Water's Chapter Page Visit Waste's Chapter Page

Environmental Indicators
Environmental Indicators can be found through the chapter buttons above or via the table below. This website will be updated as either the indicator trend changes or as new information becomes available.

Environmental Indicators Key

 Air indicator
Overall Air Quality
indicator
Ozone
indicator
Particulate Matter
indicator
NOx, SO2, CO, Lead
 Land indicator
Climate Change and Wildlife
indicator
Nature Preserves
indicator
Greenways
indicator
Facility Planning
 Waste indicator
Commercial Waste
indicator
Yard Waste
indicator
Residential Waste
indicator
Household Hazardous Waste 
 Water indicator
Groundwater
indicator
Lakes
indicator
Public Involvement 
indicator

If you are interested in exploring trends back to 1987, you are encouraged to read the 2008 SOER. If you are interested in learning more about how Mecklenburg County’s State of the Environment reflects on our region, you are encouraged to read the 2010 SOER or the 2012 SOER.

Mecklenburg County is fortunate to have County staff with both the technical expertise and practical knowledge to produce the information contained in this 2014 edition of the State of the Environment Report. Please join me in thanking them for their determination and skill in producing this exceptional report!

Additional information at http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/LUESA/SOER/Pages/default.aspx.