Lancaster Online reports that PPL has joined with North Carolina Utilities Commission and the New York State Public Service Commission to challenge the Federal Energy Regulation Commission's approval of the Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline.
Protesters of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline will be allowed to continue their encampment on a Conestoga Township farm.
Zoning officers for the township earlier this week condemned a barn that had been used for a press conference and threatened to fine the group for camping out on the property, even though they had permission.
The township said both were unpermitted uses of a property in an agricultural zone. The action incensed Lancaster Against Pipelines and farm owners Susan and Justin Cappiello.
Months after thousands at Standing Rock stood up against the Dakota Access Pipeline, activists in Pennsylvania are ready to take a stand against a nearly $3 billion pipeline project called Atlantic Sunrise.
First proposed in 2014, it is an extension of the current Transco pipeline that transports natural gas throughout the eastern United States. Williams Partners proposed this nearly 200-mile long project to transfer natural gas from the Marcellus shale fields, one of the richest U.S. gas fields.Read more
The tobacco barn at the center of pipeline protests in Lancaster County remains condemned after a Conestoga Township Supervisors meeting Tuesday night.
The barn, which was condemned Monday, is privately owned by Justin and Susan Cappiello, who have given Lancaster Against Pipelines permission to use the land and the barn for an encampment protesting an upcoming pipeline. Organizers hoped Conestoga Township supervisors could help in the matter, but the officials said have no say in the matter.Read more
On Monday afternoon, the local building inspectors arrived at the Lancaster Stand and plastered “Condemned” notices all over the tobacco barn that has become the centerpiece of the encampment against the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The abrupt notice was conducted by West Lampeter Township Zoning Board, as ordered by the Conestoga Township Supervisors. The barn is privately owned by Justin and Susan Cappiello, who have granted permission for Lancaster Against Pipelines to hold the Lancaster Stand encampment on their land, including use of the tobacco barn.Read more
From the Sierra Club site:
Today, a report prepared by Key-Log Economics for the Sierra Club and Appalachian Mountain Advocates was released, detailing what it calls the true costs of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline. The proposed fracked gas pipeline was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on its former chair’s final day -- just before the commission lost its quorum.
The Atlantic Sunrise project would clear cut its way through ten Pennsylvania counties, impacting 2,000 acres of forested land and crossings hundreds of wetlands and water bodies. The proposed route includes nearly 200 miles of new pipeline which would supply gas exports out of Maryland and gas plants in North Carolina and Florida.Read more
Lancaster Against Pipelines Joins Indigenous Leaders in Denouncing Pipeline’s Path Through Native Burial Grounds
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LOCATION: The Lancaster Stand
DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 4 @ 10 AM
ADDRESS: 325 Conestoga Blvd ⚫ Conestoga PA 17516
For the past two years, county residents have joined indigenous leaders in condemning the plans of Transco/Williams to run the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline through confirmed Native American burial grounds and ancient archaeological sites located in southern Lancaster County. Whether filing comments on the FERC docket, or delivering statements at public hearings, or enduring arrest on the Brookfield property itself during pre-construction drilling, Native and non-Native persons alike have demanded that these sacred Susquehannock (Iroquoian) sites be honored.
Lancaster Against Pipelines invites you to a weekend campout at The Lancaster Stand from Friday, February 17 at 5pm until Sunday, February 19 at 5pm. Together we will prepare to stop construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline by building community around the new fire circle, practicing our nonviolence and action skills, and constructing needed camp infrastructure. This is a family friendly event, and all are welcome!
Press Release: Lancaster Stands Against Transco/Williams to Protect our Homes, Land, Heritage, and Future
FERC’s approval of the Atlantic Sunrise Project lays bare a rigged system of government that serves big business and billionaires at the expense of local communities and the environment. FERC’s decision came nearly two months early, at Transco/Williams’ request, despite incomplete surveys, missing mitigation plans, numerous pending lawsuits, and unprecedented community opposition.Read more