Press Release: Lancaster County, PA Landowners Publicly Rip Up Pipeline Money Offers



For Immediate Release:




Nick Martin – Lancaster Against Pipelines

Email: nick@shalefieldorganizing.org

Phone: 717.413.0782

Website: www.lancasteragainstpipelines.com


Lancaster County, PA Landowners Publicly Rip Up Pipeline Money Offers

Landowners, neighbors, supporters call for mass rally against pipeline on October 25th

Five Lancaster County, PA landowners from three townships organized a press conference on Saturday to reject easement offers for the Atlantic Sunrise project – a massive 42” proposed pipeline.  Williams Partners, the company behind the proposed pipeline, began offering tens of thousands of dollars to landowners late last month – months before the company is expected to file for approval of the project through FERC.

The landowners ripped up their multi-thousand dollar offers on Saturday, stating their belief that the deals are a last-ditch attempt to win Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval. Ed Saxton, of Martic Township, hosted the press conference at his home.  He warned:  “This is a proposed pipeline.  People in Lancaster County and Lebanon County – do not sign these agreements.  This is a ploy to get a foothold with FERC.”

Kevin Shelley, of Martic Township, spoke about the power of the local movement and the broader implications of the pipeline as he ripped up his Williams easement offer.

“This isn’t going to stop here.  If you think we’re “Not In My Backyard” kind of people – we’re not.  It’s going to spread out from here.  We’re looking our for everybody.”

Lancaster County’s “Stop the Pipeline” movement has been called “unprecedented” by FERC.  Indicative of this statement, the five landowners were joined by supporters & landowners from nearly the entire proposed route through Lancaster County.  County residents from Martic, Conestoga, Manor, West Hempfield, and Rapho townships came to support the landowners as they spoke out.

The residents and landowners jointly called for a “Landowners: We’ve Got Your Back,” rally on October 25th in Lancaster.  They say all those who are worried about the pipeline’s safety impacts should attend.  “Even if it’s in our backyard, it’s your children and lives, too,” said Kim Kann of Conestoga township, as she ripped up her easement offer.

More landowners are expected to reject Williams’ offers at the rally. Click here for more details.