Impact

Protected Land:

The proposed pipeline’s path violates land protected by Lancaster County Conservancy and Lancaster Farmland Trust. 

Both organizations are fighting hard to keep this pipeline off our lands. Millions of dollars have been donated and spent by generations of landowners for the express purpose of land preservation. The preservation of our farms and woodlands protects the livelihoods of generations to come, protects the food we eat, and protects our Lancastrian cultural inheritance and our living history.

Watch this video of Karen Martynick, executive director of Lancaster Farmland Trust, talking about some of the concerns her organizations has with the proposed Lancaster County pipeline.

 

Health and Safety:

Health issues: When it comes to public health, these pipelines endanger the air we breathe and the water we drink. The history of other pipelines suggests it is not a question of if a pipeline will leak, but when — and these leaks would immediately and irrevocably pollute our air and water.

Pipelines such as this one have exploded multiple times in the past, killing civilians and burning hundreds of homes to the ground. Williams Partners in particular is known for its lax safety standards, frequent pipeline leaks, and explosions. Few regulations (and even less monitoring) exist to ensure the safety of these pipelines for humans or the environment. Who bears the cost of these risks? The local communities who live near the pipelines.

 

Environmental Impacts

Lancaster County is only 15% forested land.

In Lancaster County our trees are critical to our ability to maintain clean air and water. The proposed pipeline corridors would cross through limited remaining forests and several high and exceptional value streams and permanently clear-cut those forests impairing already impaired air quality, creating erosion corridors for more sediment into our streams, heating streams, and reducing water quality.

Tens of millions of dollars have been invested to protect the forests of the Susquehanna Riverlands.

Initiatives to protect the forests, riparian buffers, recreational lands, water quality, sensitive natural resources, watersheds, and cultural resources of the Susquehanna Riverlands have been ongoing for decades.

The impacts of a gas pipeline on forests are forever. 

These lands are fundamental to the long term sustainability of wildlife, wildflowers, threatened and endangered species, and clean air and water for all creatures.When the forests are removed the pipeline company does not permit replanting. Tens of thousands of mature trees would be permanently removed. Forests would be fragmented and the soil would be compacted. Water quality will be degraded. Storm water and sedimentary runoff into the Susquehanna could dramatically increase.