The below organizations received grants from Williams. They are schools, emergency services, fire departments and even conservation groups. While certainly, funding for these organizations is necessary and government contributions have been diminished in recent decades, Williams corporation--which earns $35 billion a year from installing pipelines and other fossil fuel efforts--ingratiates itself to communities through such charitable outreach programs. These efforts work to stifle criticism, however much they benefit individual groups, thus dividing communities and decreasing criticism of Williams's projects.
Williams has begun construction on compressor stations in Orange Township, Columbia County, and Clinton Township, Wyoming County. Last week FERC issued the final necessary permit for construction. You can view it here.
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"The project has been met with considerable public push-back, especially in Lancaster County. Hundreds of people have pledged to engage in civil disobedience in an effort to block the project.A Williams spokesman says some preliminary work is beginning in the Lancaster area, but most of it will get underway in mid-to-late October.
'We are always disappointed when the regulatory agencies give another approval or permit for the industry to violate the rights of the people,' says Malinda Clatterbuck of the protest group, Lancaster Against Pipelines. 'That is how we see this decision, as an outright violation of our communities’ constitutional rights to clean air and clean water, and a healthy and sustainable future.'”