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Facts to Consider

Some important facts about the proposed Central Penn Line South:

 

• This is a non-essential pipeline.
The proposed pipeline is, by Williams’ own admission, merely a shortcut between already-existing lines. The proposedpipeline would be 42 inches wide and under 1200-1500 pressure per square inch (meaning an explosion— and Williams has had many— could have devastating consequences). It would also create a 125-ft wide construction zone during the development process, and require a permanent 50-ft clear-cut right of way. This would mean irrevocable changes to our land, forests, and nature preserves.

• None of the pipeline’s gas will benefit Pennsylvania residents.
PA will bear the destruction involved in pipeline construction, as well as the permanent risks associated with major natural gas transport through our scenic woods, pristine waterways, and treasured farmlands. Yet 100% of this natural gas will flow out of our state—much of it to US ports for export to
foreign countries.

• The pipeline would permanently damage the scenic River Hills of the Susquehanna River,
including some of the region’s most treasured natural preserves: Tucquan Glen, Kelly’s Run, Fishing Creek, Rock Springs, and Shenks Ferry Wildflower Preserve. The preservation of these natural areas is important for their aesthetic value, their role in maintaining the health of local ecosystems, and the outdoor recreation opportunities (hiking, fishing, hunting, etc.) they afford.

• The proposed pipeline’s path violates land now 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.

• It sets a pro corporate precedent:  If FERC grants permission, then even those landowners who oppose the pipeline will lose their land rights through eminent domain. Running pipelines through individual properties decreases property values — and owners will not be compensated for this loss. At the same time, because
of decreased property values, local municipalities lose tax money — and are not compensated for this either.

This proposal violates the purpose of eminent domain:  The 5th Amendment states that eminent domain may only be enacted when it will benefit the public. But this natural gas being pumped through the fertile, pristine soil of Lancaster County is not for the benefit of Lancastrians, Pennsylvanians, or even Americans — instead it will be transported to the Eastern Shore for exportation abroad. Therefore, this project is not valid under the founding principles of eminent domain. Landowners should be entitled to retain their properties unmarred by these pipelines.

• 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.

• The proposed pipeline hugs roughly 20 miles of the Susquehanna River through Lancaster County and crosses numerous scenic waterways, virtually ensuring that consequences of an accident would be environmentally catastrophic.

• The pipeline would permanently divide the interior of the River Hills forests, including ripping a bare swath through the Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve, one of the most treasured natural sanctuaries in the county.

• The proposed path also bulldozes its way through Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve, yet another regional treasure.

While we in seven Lancaster County townships are being asked — and, if the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approves, forced by eminent domain — to shoulder the natural destruction and enormous risks of this project, 100 percent of the hazardous gas to be piped under our farmlands, across our streams and through our woodlands will be carried out of state.