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4.8 Land Use, Recreation, and Visual Resources

            • In addition to the land associated with the pipeline rows and aboveground facility sites Transco would temporarily use 20 contractor yards and 53 staging areas in PA and 2 contractor yards in VA- Transco would use 155 temp access roads of which 40 would be used permanently for operation of project. (4-124) (but no significant impact on the environment)

            • 8 general land use types would be affected by the project- agricultural land, forest/woodland, industrial/commercial land, transportation land, residential land, open land, wetlands, open water. (4-124-125).  3,905.8 acres of land- 71% for pipeline facilities- (4-125)

            • Operation of project requires 1,208.3 acres of new land (4-125)- this is a lot of acreage being taken NOT an already existing ROW- and is an unnecessary overreach of taking of land for private gain- we will fight back with lawsuits, so be prepared FERC and Williams).

            • Pipeline facilities would comprise 183.7 miles of new ng pipeline (57.4 miles of 30" and 126.3 miles of 42" line. (4-125)

            • Predominant land uses would include ag (51%), upland forest (30%), open land (11%), Industrial/commercial (3%), transportation and residential (2% each), wetlands (1%), open water (less than 1%). (4-125)  (of these stats, I want to know specifically about the CPLS line- the new ROW transco is trying to get- as a short cut along ROWs they already have- these lines are mostly along Ag land- which is the basis of our economy in Lancaster- how is this justified, and considered NOT a significant impact?  NO PERMIT FOR CENTRAL PENN LINE SOUTH)

            • 90 ft wide construction ROW for 30 inch CPL North and Chapman loop, 100 ft ROW for 42 Inch CPL S and Unity Loop, 150 ft ROW for 30 in Mainline A and B replacements. (4-126)

            • Reductions of the construction ROW would be made, where practicable at various locations to address specific environmental or residential issues along the proposed pipeline. (4-126) (Where are these reductions exactly- if this is the Impact Study, we want to know exactly how the environments are going to be impacted and where- please specify- and is this in accordance with the requests of landowners? and who will ensure these requests are honored?)

            • The land retained as new permanent ROW would generally be allowed to revert to its former use, except for forested land. Certain activities such as the construction of permanent structures, including houses, house additions, garages, patios, pools, or other objects not easily removable, or the planting of trees, would be prohibited within the permanent ROW. (4-126)  (which is exactly NOT allowing the land to be returned to its former use, where all of these activities were permissible by the landowner on that landowners own land- this statement is empty)

            • Although trees cleared within the temporary construction work areas would be allowed to revert to forest through natural successional processes following construction, impacts on forest resources in these areas would last for several years. (4-127)  (understatement - if there are trees cut down that are old growth or even 20-30 years old, the impact is forever-  Transco is allowing this area to "naturally revert" which we all know will not happen- it will be taken over by non native invasive plants like alanthus- unless Transco is required to keep account of what types of trees are cut down- what kind and how many- and required to replant along the temp. construction zone in order to assist the forest's restoration.  FERC, please require them to do this. It is altogether fitting and proper to do this.)

            • The primary impact on ag land would be short term and occur during the growing season concurrent with construction. (4-127)  (This is not true according to hundreds of farmers across the country who attest to something different in their experience- does FERC do any surveys of farmers in lands where pipelines have been installed to see if this is true. I would like to see a requirement of FERC to do its own survey of this- by an outside entity not tied to the gas industry for a more balanced conclusion).

            • Farmers may have to alter sowing patterns in order to best farm areas that may have limited access due to construction activity.  Transco would restore all disturbed ag areas associated with construction in accordance with its ECP, including crop productivity monitoring and farmland restoration procedures. (4-127) (do they do this even if it isn't in the contract with the landowner? Who keeps them accountable to do this? If they don't, to where should the farmers turn to get compensated adequately for their loss?) 

            • A total of 306.1 acres of land would be disturbed by construction of the aboveground facilities. of this total, 109.4 acres would be permanently retained for operation. (4-128) (no significant impact-don't worry). 

            • Construction of compressor station 605 would affect 45 acres of ag land and 5.1 acres of upland forest.  During operation, 36 acres of ag land and 3.2 acres of upland forest would permanently be affected. (4-128). 

            • Temporary workspace areas would be allowed to revegetate following construction (4-129).  (If Transco were concerned about putting land back as close to pre construction as possible, they would replant in native plants removed from the temporary spaces- FERC should require they do this, even if it is not in the agreement with the landowners. Too many landowners think the industry will do the right thing, and we all know, unless forced to, they will not- so please FERC, require they do. )

            • Transco proposes to use 22 temporary contractor yards - 20 n PA, 2 in VA and 53 temp staging areas- all in PA- affecting 589.9 acres of land including 364.1 ag land, 115.3 acres of industrial/commercial land, 71.1 acres of open land, 29.6 acres of upland and 5 acres of residential land.  All temporary. (4-130) 

            • 155 access roads (152 in PA and 3 in VA)- to construct project.  40 would be permanently maintained for operations- 115 would be restored to preconstruction conditions following completion of project in accordance with plan. (4-130)

            • 25 access roads are newly constructed- standard access road width of 20 feet- (4-130)