say NO to fracked gas exports at Cove Point Rally: Washington DC, July 13th, 12:30

12:30PM the National Mall in Washington, DC

Information taken from


July13-mapRally location:

  • Rally begins at 12:30PM, and the march will end by 3:30PM.
  • Meet west of the Capitol, along Third Street NW on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The rally area is bordered by Third Street NW and Madison Drive NW to the north and Jefferson Drive SW to the south. Check out the map of the rally site!
  • Restrooms will be available at the Botanical Gardens located 2 minutes from the rally at 100 Maryland Avenue SW.
  • We will march from here to FERC at 888 First St. NE, a one mile march.

What (color) to wear:
There will be four contingents in the march, representing the chain of impacts of fracked gas exports. If you can, wear a t-shirt in the color of the contingent you’d prefer to march with:

  • No Gas Exports (red)
  • No Pipelines and Compressor Stations (yellow)
  • No Fracking (blue)
  • Fracking=Methane=Climate Change (green)


  • The nearest Metro train stops are Judiciary Square (Red line) or Federal Center SW (Blue/Orange line); you can find public transportation information here:
  • For bus questions and pick up/drop off locations please contact your bus coordinator–there are still buses available from all over the Mid-Atlantic. Click here to see all the transportation options.
  • For drivers, there is a parking garage at Union Station and many other places downtown.

What to bring:

  • The weather is looking hot and humid for Sunday with a high in the high 80’s and a small chance of rain.  Plan accordingly and bring whatever you need to beat the heat: hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, and LOTS of water!
  • Don’t forget good marching shoes, water, snacks, and rain gear (just in case.)
  • Your best signs and banners, drums and other instruments to make some noise!
  • Your mobile phone to tweet (@FERC and @BarackObama, among others) and post photos on Facebook — all using #stopgasexports.

We need lots of support to make this rally a success. Can you sign up to help volunteer?  We have a few volunteer roles–check what works for you. Then, fill out your information and an organizer will follow up with you about the next steps.

Principles of Conduct:
By joining this rally, you agree to be nonviolent and respectful of others. If there is a conflict with someone who is not doing so, we will have marshals with the crowd to de-escalate any situation. Please do not bring any illegal drugs or weapons.

One last thing:
If you are with a local group fighting fracking, pipelines/compressor stations or LNG exports, send an email to with your story, in 50 words or less and with a website link (deadline Friday, July 11). We are compiling these and will share all of this important information with the press in the hope that this helps your efforts.

Questions? Email Shilpa Joshi at

See you in the streets!

The Stop Gas Exports Rally Steering Committee,
Carolyn Auwauter, Robin Broder, Linda Capato, Tracy Carluccio, Karen Feridun, Allison Fisher, Ted Glick, Drew Hudson, Whit Jones, Shilpa Joshi, Aaron Mintzes, Deb Nardone, Jill Wiener, and Emily Wurth.

Martic Township Pipeline Meeting

Mt. Nebo Church on Tuesday July 29th at 7:00 pm

Conestoga Meeting Notes from July 8, 2014

The following is notes and links from the public meeting in Conestoga Township.

Thank you everyone for coming and to our supervisors for allowing us to gather and distribute information to the township. The purpose of this meeting is to touch briefly on the pipeline and it’s possible impact and quickly summarize issues that have come up since the last meeting.

In the last meeting we were asked by the people of Conestoga to explore options for moving or preventing the pipeline from going through our township and Lancaster County if we can. We have brought our first speaker tonight who will give you an option as a community to say no to the pipeline.

There is a table with materials in the back as well as a cooler with water which is free but we do ask that you make a donation to the fire station who has been generous enough to allow us to use this space.



  • Updates since last meeting
  • Concerns
  • Presentation: Chad Nicholson from CELDF
  • Question & Answer
  • Closing


Since Last meeting

  • Rerouting twice Mt. joy protection for water wells? Moved from Shenks ferry and Tucquan Glen, but Williams has not officially filed the new paths with FERC. It could still change
  • More than 1,100 people attended the open house. The largest turn out so far. Many were left unsatisfied by the answers given, or lack of answers.
  • Lebanon commissioners asked for more informative Q and A type meeting, declined. Last week they asked again, Williams stated they will consider.
  • Rapho is also now asking for another meeting due to re route
  • West hempfield held 1st meeting
  • Tonight’s speaker, Chad from CELDF, spoke to Lebanon a few weeks ago.
  • Williams says they are unaware of indian burial grounds, we have someone researching sites and gathering information.


We have found that people are questioning a lot of the facts that are coming to light about this project so we have worked to give the sources for any information we give tonight. You may find the information from this presentation on as well as well as links to the sources we cite.


Introduction review

Marcellus Shale is the largest source of natural gas in the United States. Williams Partnersis trying to build a transmission line from the Marcellus shale region to the Cove Point LNG Terminal which is an offshore liquid natural gas shipping terminal. This line is called the Atlantic sunrise Project. It is also called the central penn pipeline.

According to the Oil and Gas Journal 20 year gas contracts have already been signed for export of the Marcellus natural gas to Japan and India.
from Williams partners Analyst Day presentation


What Kind of Pipeline
You may have talked with people that have said they have pipelines in their yard and have had no problem. We need to be clear what we are talking about.

Service Pipeline: connect to a meter that delivers natural gas to individual customers. Under 2” around 6 psi

Distribution pipelines often called “mains” the run between 2-24” in diameter and have a pressure less than 200 PSI.

The main that blew up the Framery in MIllersville was an 8” main.

Transmission Line: Atlantic Sunrise 42”

42-inch pipeline with a pressure of 1,500 pounds per square inch.


This is from the cover of a Williams powerpoint on the pipeline


Unlike the Framery Transco explosions are much bigger.

“It was what can only be described as a massive fireball, a quarter- to a half-mile tall and at least that wide,” said Appomattox County Deputy of the Appotamax VA Transco explosion



Future Growth

Right now Williams is talking about 1 pipeline but facts indicate that more will follow. According to Cindy Ivey in her presentation at the commissioner meeting she stated that Williams prefers to “line them up like highways.”



“Pennsylvania has overtaken the Gulf of Mexico as the major gas supplier for the world,” Stockton said.In his june 4th interview with Penn Live.


bcf/d Billion Cubic Feet Per Day


1,000 cubic feet (1 Mcf) = 1 dekatherm (10 therms)


Marcellus gas production continues to outpace takeaway capacity. more than 1,300 wells there are drilled but not completed.


Ways Williams can improve capacity per

One could speculate that the Atlantic Sunrise Project  may grow as williams works to deliver the excess gas from the marcellus region.


Major re-routing of proposed gas pipeline in northern Lancaster County

Williams Partners is planning a major re-routing of its proposed natural gas pipeline in Mount Joy, West Hempfield and Rapho townships.  About 200 new landowners will now be affected by the 15-mile re-routing farther east, Williams officials said.

And most aren’t aware of the change.

The new location of the Central Penn Line South moves it mostly out of Mount Joy Township and into a considerable part of Rapho Township.


whempfieldrouteEast Donegal Township is now no longer affected by the proposed route, Williams spokesman Chris Stockton said.


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Conestoga – Pipeline Meeting – July 8th

Conestoga Township Meeting Considers CELDF

About 200 Conestoga residents met for a second time to learn more about the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline and consider their  options. Reports were given on Insurance & Mortgage concerns, Pipe size and number, and export of the natural gas. Links to the cited articles can be seen here.

The meeting also featured a presentation from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

More information about the meeting can be seen in this article from Lancaster online.


 Click to view then download the flyer

Action meeting july 8th


1,100 swarm gas pipeline open house in Millersville

By AD CRABLE | Lancaster Online

mu sitIf sheer numbers were a factor, the Central Penn Line South natural gas pipeline proposed for Lancaster County would be in trouble.

More than 1,100 people showed up Wednesday evening for an open house held by pipeline builders Williams Partners.

Actually, 1,100 was just the number of people who signed in when they entered the gym at Millersville University’s Student Memorial Center. Many more didn’t bother for the long wait to sign up.

It was one of the largest turnouts ever seen by the Oklahoma-based Williams, the nation’s largest pipeline owner.


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250 Residents Turn Out At Public Meeting in Conestoga

250 residents of Conestoga came out to the Conestoga Fire Hall Wednesday evening.  Malinda Harnish Clatterbuck of Martic Township presented her findings on the dismal safety record of Williams Partners, and talked about the potential impacts it could have on Lancaster County residents.


250 residents filled the Conestoga Fire Hall

250 residents filled the Conestoga Fire Hall

Residents voiced concerns about the proposed path, the lack of jobs this pipeline would bring to Lancaster, and about the power of eminent domain.  One landowner stated the pipeline was going to go directly through her home.

Another worried about the Conestoga fire company’s ability to adequately respond to a spill or explosion.





Several news outlets covered the meeting, links are below:

Fox43 Coverage

LancasterOnline Coverage



Protect ‘river hills’ from new pipeline

We members of the Muhlenberg Botanical Society are deeply concerned about the proposed route of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline through Lancaster County. We strongly object to the pipeline being put through the river hills area of the county.

The river glens of Lancaster County are a unique and fragile area containing diverse habitats and providing homes for a wide range of plants and wildlife. Most of the forested lands of Lancaster County have been converted to agriculture and various developments, leaving little habitat for woodland species.

Read the Full Editorial Here, At Lancaster Online.

Conestoga: Public Meeting on the Pipeline

Conestoga Residents: Download and distribute this flyer to your friends and neighbors. Let’s turn out as many as possible for this important public meeting!

pipeline meeting

Williams Partners Expands Pipeline Network, Decreases Spending on Pipeline Infrastructure

Williams Partners, the company behind the proposed natural gas pipelines in Lancaster, is the subject of an article on today.  Alex Nussbaum writes:

A probe into safety practices at pipeline operator Williams Cos. (WMB) is being expanded after a natural gas plant fire led to the evacuation of a town in Wyoming last month, the company’s third accident in a year.

While it’s unclear if there are any broader issues, the string of incidents is “unusual” said Dan Tillema, a lead investigator at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, in an interview yesterday. “With a strong corporate oversight of process safety, it would be very unlikely to have three incidents like this in a 12-month period.”

The CEO of Williams, Alan Armstrong, is quoted as saying:

“It’s been a pretty painful year, frankly, to have a number of incidents occur like this,” he said. “And I would just tell you we are going to be very, very diligent about making sure we understand if there are any common, root causes.”

But it’s hard to believe him, once you read that:

Capital spending on maintenance by Williams Partners has declined in recent years even as its pipeline network expanded, according to company filings.

Clearly, we do not want Lancaster County to be home to this negligent company’s pipelines & infrastructure.

Read the full article here.

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