Lancaster's Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline in the Global Marketplace

“It appears that the only beneficiaries of LNG exports are the owners of the natural gas resources and infrastructure, and that any claim that this project provides public benefit is false.” 

A presentation by Dr. Dennis Witmer,  “Lancaster's Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline in the Global Marketplace” sponsored by Lancaster Against Pipelines is scheduled at two locations--Millersville and F&M Universities.  The Millersville University event at 7PM on November 4 will be held at the Student Memorial Center, Room 24, Millersville University and is co-sponsored by The Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change.  A repeat engagement will be held at Franklin & Marshall College at 7PM on November 5 at the Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium, Kaufman Hall, F&M College.     Both events are free and open to the public.

LNGTanker.jpgThe information presented to investors by Williams makes it clear that the purpose of this pipeline is to redistribute natural gas within the US to provide abundant cheap gas from the new shale gas fields to export facilities including Cove Point and several other Gulf Coast LNG facilities.  This is not the message Williams representatives are presenting to the People of Lancaster County.

Williams has frequently and openly used the threat of Eminent Domain as a tool to force Lancaster County residents to submit to their demands for access to their property. Eminent Domain is a privilege extended to developers who are working for public good.  Export of LNG from the US has several likely negative impacts on the US public.  Witmer offers a challenge:  “It appears that the only beneficiaries of LNG exports are the owners of the natural gas resources and infrastructure, and that any claim that this project provides public benefit is false.”  

Dr. Witmer’s talk will be divided into two parts:  a primer on domestic natural gas markets:  pricing natural gas at the consumer level, local utility distribution systems, natural gas production fields, and domestic pipeline systems.  Secondly, a discussion on global natural gas markets:  Russian pipelines to Europe, the growing LNG market, and public domain materials developed by Williams for their investors showing how the Atlantic Sunrise Project is intended to redistribute gas flows within the US to enable the export of LNG from multiple facilities.

Dr. Witmer is the Senior Analyst with Energy Efficiency Evaluations, from July 2009 to present.  He is responsible for the independent evaluation of energy technologies, including technical viability, commercial availability, economic suitability, especially for new technologies for carbon footprint reduction, or cost reduction strategies for small power systems. He was the Director of the Arctic Energy Technology Development Laboratory and Research at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Assistant Professor, from Summer 1998 to June 2009.   Witmer received his Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania and his BS degree in physics from Millersville University.


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