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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Potter County Natural Gas Task Force Meeting Attended by 70

Vast Network Of Gas Pipelines To Criss-Cross Potter County

May 13th, 2011

jclark22About 70 people attended the May 10 meeting of the Potter County Natural Gas Task Force. Guest speaker was Jim Clark (left), an educator from Penn State Cooperative Extension, whose topic was, “Pipelines – From The Back 40 To The Whole, Wide World.” Additional details from the May 10 meeting will appear on Potter County Today. The county’s public website, pottercountypa.net, features information on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling and related topics. A summary of Clark’s presentation follows:

–A growing network of gas pipelines are being laid across the region, from the smaller gathering lines carrying gas from individual wells to the massive interstate pipelines that usher it to a market that stretches around the world. Pennsylvania is the epicenter of the Marcellus Shale gas rush and, as such, will see a flurry of pipeline construction.

–Property owners and local governments can exercise some control. Governments have limited authority, based on the Pa. Oil and Gas Act. Pressure is mounting on the legislature to amend that act. A recommendation on changes was recently delivered to the legislature from PennEnvironment and the Delaware River Basin Commission.

–Officials are watching developments as some pipeline companies attempt to achieve public utility status, which could allow them to gain eminent domain powers.

–Some of the negative environmental and aesthetic impacts of pipelines can be mitigated. Property owners who are being approached about rights-of-way leases should become educated on their options. Clark distributed a fact sheet, “Negotiating Pipeline Rights-Of Way in Pennsylvania.” Copies are available by calling 814-865-6713.

–The regulatory structure for pipelines has some gaps, including a lack of oversight on gathering lines in Pennsylvania. There are growing concerns about deterioration of pipelines that are decades-old, due to corrosion and other factors.

–Susquehannock District Forester Chris Nicholas said the Bureau of Forestry has compiled a list of best management practices for pipeline construction in forested areas. He pointed out that impacts could be minimized if companies building the pipelines would work together.

–Greg West, an owner of the Shinglehouse-based Gas Field Specialists Inc., pointed out that pipeline builders must comply with a series of regulations from the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection, County Conservation District and the Pa. Public Utility Commission.

–Energy companies often encounter lengthy delays in obtaining pipeline approvals from the regulatory agencies, said Bruce Sampson, a representative of Pennsylvania General Energy Company of Warren, one of the region’s active drillers.

–Melissa Troutman inquired about air emissions from gas pipelines and compressor stations. West and Sampson responded that emissions are tested and companies must comply with environmental agencies’ standards.


Anonymous said...

I am sorry I missed this meeting.
Very interesting material. Township Supervisors, this is a whole new ballgame and we are counting on you to step up!
State Legislature, you need to step up too and amend the Oil and Gas Act and pass some kind of tax or fee.

Anonymous said...

My experiance with township supervisors is that once a little green is wavied under their nose they will fold and agree to anything.
( sometimes the green is slid into the back pocket.)
Don't count on them for any protection!

Anonymous said...

7:04:00 AM. Please don't count on township supervisors to step up.

Some township supervisors have personal vested interests in the industry.Some have businesses that are benefiting from the industry,family members who work for the industry or have worked for the industry themselves.I know of one with a gas well.

As far as missing the Gas task force meeting...you didn't miss much.
Not much was discussed that someone keeping up with
the Marcellus news on Solomon's blog or the internet couldn't learn.
Someone that spoke(not Jim Clark)seemed under informed (related to permits) and slightly misinformed.

Anonymous said...

A couple of years ago, some workers hooked a black plastic line to a well along the road, they ran this line down through the woods (on top of the earth) across private and national land for about 1 mile and hooked it into an underground gas line. Its still there. Im surprised no animals have eaten through it yet. Its completely exposed and only about 20 to 50 yards from the road. It must be legal.

Anonymous said...

Geesh 12:26 the only people to blame for electing incompetent township supervisors or people who look out for their own interests instead of the public interest are the people who voted (or didn't vote).
Pretty simple solution to the problem you have mentioned here.
That's a pretty harsh accusation on your part. What are YOU doing about it?

Anonymous said...

If you watch the supervisor races you will find that most positions in the supervisor races are run unoppossed.
Nobody wants the position.
That leads to the people with a vested personal interest and personal agenda to run and also leads to a corrupt few in the supervisors position.
I am not saying that this is good by any means, but it is a fact that there is no easy answer to.

Anonymous said...

We have seen the enemy, and he is . . . us! We have a race in Hebron Township where it's the Good Old Boy go along to get along situation versus a newcomer who might actually do something about it. Any bets on how the township voters will decide this race? We get the kind of government we choose, and the kind of government we deserve.

Anonymous said...

Poster 1:15 we were on a ride just the other night an saw a black pipe just like you were saying.. I can't believe no one hasn't done damage to it.. It run across the forest floor right out in the open next to the road and went right in to the ground! We couldn't imagine someone leaving like that if Gas was running through it.
Is it possible nothing is in the tube that maybe it's just a safety Pipe.

Anonymous said...

Township supervisors in my area had a contractor doing free work (on township time)in return for votes! Only in Potter County!

Anonymous said...

That black line is probably a temporary water line.

Natural gas lines are not placed on top of the ground.

Not only is that incredibly unsafe because these are high pressure lines, the DEP would never allow it.