Deadline for Comments Tomorrow to FERC on AC Pipeline!

Tomorrow, August 5th is the deadline for comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Environmental Impact Statement for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion is aggressively recruiting comments in support of the pipeline. FERC NEEDS TO HEAR FROM YOU! Clean Water for NC has gathered talking points you can use to comment in your own words, click here. Environmental, climate and health concerns of pipelines and compressor stations, safety and economic impacts and why the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not only unnecessary, but actually suppresses job-creating efficiency and renewable energy development are all important for FERC to hear about!

Select the points about which you are the most concerned and write them in your own words. Go to https://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment.aspx to fill out the short comment registration form. You will be sent a link from FERC to comment, and be sure to enter Docket number CP15-554. Copy and paste your comment into the comment form by tomorrow, August 5 and submit!
Questions? Contact Clean Water for NC at 919-401-9600 or hope@cwfnc.org.

Peoples’ Hearing on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Last night about 60 enthusiastic people showed up for the Peoples’ Hearing on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Fayetteville. Local folks, as well as grassroots organizations made comments about the dangers of this highly pressurized natural gas pipeline. Residents talked about Dominion complicating their lives, being misleading and not giving them reliable information, health, safety, economic impacts.

 

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New Report: Dangerous Neighbors: Pipelines, Compressor Stations and Environmental Injustice

Clean Water for North Carolina is releasing a new short report – “Dangerous Neighbors: Gas Pipelines, Compressor Stations, and Environmental Injustice”. The U.S. is currently in the midst of an expansion of the natural gas infrastructure that has far outpaced the knowledge of impacts on people and the communities in which they live. With natural gas being touted as the “clean” bridge between coal and renewable energy, regulators and legislated incentives have cleared the way for fossil fuel corporations to profit from the expansion of natural gas infrastructure while communities bear the costs. Now that measures of those costs are becoming clearer, many are calling for the brakes to be applied. This report explores the risks and consequences of this expansion, and how they affect residents and communities.

Highlights of the report include:

  • When pipelines and compressor stations and other gas infrastructure are built, they often deliver environmental injustice by changing the physical environment of communities and effectively removing community choice in defining the built environment or the types of energy in which they can invest.
  • Living next to compressor stations is harmful to nearby residents’ health. Proximity to these facilities is associated with nosebleeds, rashes, headaches, and exposure to cancer-causing emissions. Especially along the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and near the compressor station planned for Northampton County, we see potential for disproportionate impacts on vulnerable populations.
  • Incidents of pipeline accidents have actually increased, reaching highs not seen since the pre-1940 constructed pipelines, perhaps due to the sheer speed of the expansion without adequate oversight.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has essentially acted as a rubber stamp for pipeline approvals, showing no regard for environmental justice considerations.
  • The new Atlantic Coast Pipeline being constructed by Dominion and Duke Energy is routed to go through 8 counties in North Carolina, most of which have higher than state average poverty levels, as well as high populations of African American or Indigenous residents, or both.
  • Experts are warning that pipelines may quickly become stranded assets, as gas supply or demand dwindles, leaving customers on the hook in the form of higher rates.
  • The expansion of natural gas infrastructure endangers communities worldwide, as we now know the release of methane into the atmosphere is significantly amplifying global warming. It is low income communities and communities of color who will suffer first, and most deeply.

 

Read the full report here.

Residents impacted by coal ash respond to DEQ announcement on cleanup

Join us for a press conference & rally
1PM, Thursday, May 19
200 Blount St., Raleigh (sidewalk across from the Governor’s Mansion)

Boiling Springs coal ash hearing - ACT bannerYou’re invited! Neighbors of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds and their allies will hold a press conference in Raleigh to respond to the Department of Environmental Quality’s classifications for cleaning up coal ash ponds across the state, released today. Residents will also respond to the recent news that Governor McCrory, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Duke Energy worked together to rescind hundreds of “do-not-drink” advisories and will propose a better path forward.

Dr. Tony Ingraffea Wakes up Federal Administration on need for Methane Reductions, Brings Hopeful Message on Energy Policy to North Carolina

Dr. Ingraffea with No Fracking in Stokes leadership!
Dr. Ingraffea with No Fracking in Stokes leadership!

FrackFree NC hosted Dr. Tony Ingraffea this week for presentations at UNC-Wilmington, NC State University, East Carolina University and a community reception at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh.

His powerful presentation (view Powerpoint slides – takes about 1 minute to download) focused on the fact that methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the US are leaking even MORE than the 4 to 8% of the methane extracted that Ingraffea and co-authors estimated in 2011! This means that the amount of methane in the atmosphere and resulting climate impacts have greatly increased in the last 8 years, DUE MOSTLY TO U.S. oil and gas operations. He pointed out the Solutions Project, which projects an optimal mix of 100% renewable energy sources for every state, including NC, by 2050!

Here are two videos originally included in Dr. Ingraffea’s powerpoint presentation, to show Direct Venting of Methane From Pipeline and Compressor Operations:

Dr. Ingraffea played a key role as expert witness in the Dimock, PA residents’ case against Cabot Oil and Gas, which led to a $4.2 million dollar judgment for 2 families who had their well water contaminated, a landmark decision for residents impacted by fracking!

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Dr. Ingraffea with Chatham Research Group and Clean Water for NC.

Don’t miss the full video of Dr. Tony Ingraffea’s presentation at NC State University March 15th: “Shale Gas/Oil: Latest Evidence on Leaky Wells and Methane Emissions, and Implications for Energy Policy.” View it here:

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Internationally Known Scientist Ingraffea Speaks in NC March 14-16!

IngraffeaDr. Anthony (“Tony”) Ingraffea is known internationally for his work on geologic fracturing and the failure of gas wells, leading to methane and other contamination in groundwater. FrackFree NC is helping to sponsor Dr. Ingraffea’s tour in central and eastern NC! He will present “Shale Gas/Oil: Latest Evidence on Leaky Wells and Methane Emissions, and Implications for Energy Policy” at UNC-Wilmington, NC State Univ, and East Carolina Univ.

  • March 14: UNC Wilmington, 5:30 – 7:00 PM public presentation, UNC-Wilmington, McNeil Hall, Room 1005. Flier here. Facebook event page here.
  • March 15: NC State University, 2:30 – 4:00 PM, Center for Human Health and the Environment: free public presentation, James B. Hunt Library, Lecture Hall, Room D. Flier here. Facebook event page here. Paid parking lot next to Library.
    March 15: FRACK FREE NC PUBLIC GATHERING! Pullen Memorial Baptist, 1801 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, 6:00 -7:30, short talk by Ingraffea, refreshments! Facebook event page here. Free registration here to help us plan refreshments. 
  • March 16: East Carolina University, 12:00 – 1:30 public presentation, Mendenhall Student Center, Great Room 1. Flier here. Facebook event page here.

Lee County passes moratorium on oil and gas development

On Monday, December 7th the Lee County Board of Commissioners passed a 2 year moratorium against fracking at a vote of 5-1. Lee County has been the center ​of the NC fracking controversy since the inception of the rush to frack in our state. This decision has sent a clear message that even those counties thought to have the most gas resources and previously dominated by bullying pro-fracking officials can wake up and see the need to protect their health and environment!

Thanks to Terica Luxton for this video footage.