CCW conference: Natural gas extraction and changing landscape


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Roberta Winters, LWV of PA
Natural gas development has continued to expand in states like Pennsylvania and West Virginia, while states like Maryland and New York are proceeding cautiously while trying to gather additional information on environmental, health, and forest and habitat impacts. Development of the industry has left communities dealing with impacts from industrialization to farm and forest land to increased stormwater runoff of sediment from drilling operations, including pipelines, road, and drill pads. This panel will explore the changing landscape in the Chesapeake region in relation to clean water goals and what impacts local communities are experiencing as well sites are developed, roads are built, and pipelines are constructed. The panel will take an in-depth look at pipelines in the region and the siting, regulatory, safety, and environmental aspects to consider when transporting water and natural gas throughout the region.

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  • Not all pipelines are created equal. Vary in size,purpose, contents, and rules of the game. To get into the action, your first step is to educate yourself. Or, to quote Harold Hill from the Music Man, YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW THE TERRITORY! Thus, here’s a “quick and dirty” overview of pipeline system first followed by a bit about safety.
  • CCW conference: Natural gas extraction and changing landscape

    1. 1. Natural Gas Extractionand aChanging Landscapein theChesapeake RegionFourth Annual ConferenceBaltimore, MarylandJune 5, 2013
    2. 2. Why the League?Why Pipelines?What Did We Learn?What Difference Can We Make?Study without action is futile.Action without study is fatal.
    3. 3. (rcellus Shale)(Interstat& Intrastate)
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    13. 13. Prepared for the League of Women Voters of PennsylvaniaCitizen Education FundU.S. Department of Transportation, PHMSA TechnicalAssistance Grant #DTPH56-11-G-PHPT20
    14. 14. To Provide:An Overview of Pipelines in PennsylvaniaObjective Information about Pipeline SafetyA Review of RegulationsSound Recommendations
    15. 15. Location, Location, Location
    16. 16. 2200 miles of Streams• Many high and exceptional quality• Six major watershedsHistory of Flooding - West Branch ofSusquehanna RiverSteep SlopesCarbonate Rock Formations (Karstatic)Sensitive Ecosystems
    17. 17. Figure 4. Map from the PHMSA National Pipeline Mapping System of Lycoming County (outlined in yellow) showing roadways, pipelines, andpopulation centers. North to south red line is a petroleum/hazardous liquid interstate transmission pipeline owned by SUNOCO. East to westblue line is a natural gas interstate transmission pipeline owned by Transco (Source: PHMSA).
    18. 18. . Lycoming County: shaded green. Dotted lines: gathering and transmission lines under construction orpermitted. Bright green lines: operational gathering lines. CNY/O&G pipeline: the MARC I. Source:LycomingCounty Department of Planning & Community Development, Blueprint for Sustainable CommunityDevelopment,9/2012
    19. 19. • Muncy Loop – Williams Transco – Leidy Line “D”Northeast Supply Link (E-W) – 42” Penn and WolfTownships, 14 mi. east of Williamsport (proposed)• Marc 1 – CNY O & G – (N-S) – 30”Southeast corner of County(being built)• Commonwealth ProjectUGI/Inergy/WGL Interstatefrom Marc 1 (proposed)* Subject to Change HTTP://STATEIMPACT.NPR.ORG/PENNSYLVANIA/2011/08/05/A-PIPELINE-PRIMER-WHO-HOW-WHERE-AND-WHAT-THE-HECK/MARC1-SITE-LYCOMING /(KIM PAYNTER /WHYY/NEWSWORKS.ORG)
    20. 20. Need for:• Greater Public Awareness• Improved Emergency Preparedness• Increased Public Participation inDecision-Making• Enhanced Involvement of LocalGovernment in Planning forPipelines
    21. 21. “GRAY” PipelinesClassificationRegulationOversightTransparency LAZARSKI / WHYY)
    22. 22. GATHERING LINESClass 1RegulationOversightSafety)April 2012: Lycoming County County Department of Planning &Community Development, drilled gas wells, gas transmission lines(thick red).Gathering lines (thin red)
    23. 23. Inspection/Enforcementh
    24. 24. Inspection? PUC ~ 20Boots on OPS ~ 113the Ground!Enforcement?Meaningful Fines~$20,000
    25. 25. Potential Conflict of Interestand Ethical ConcernsMissionSources of Funding
    26. 26. Photograph: Terry Wild Stock Photography, Williamsport, PA 17701 Fresh waterholding pond and water lines to drilling pads. Chief Oil and Gas, Penn Twp, LycomingCounty
    27. 27. Photograph: Terry Wild Stock Photography, Williamsport,PA 17701 Frack water pipes, LycomingCounty
    28. 28. By Stakeholder Groups:Department of Transportation/Office of Pipeline SafetyFederal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC)Pennsylvania State LegislaturePennsylvania Public Utility CommissionPennsylvania Department of Environmental ProtectionThe Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney GeneralPipeline Operators and ContractorsCitizens of Lycoming County and PennsylvaniaLycoming County Government/All Local PennsylvaniaGovernments