High recommend: Cantarow on how the frack fight is coming to you
No one’s fracking your yard or your neighbor’s nor spreading toxic and even radioactive frack water onto the road in front of your house — but you won’t escape the gas industry. It’s not just that the vast amounts of methane its leaking into the air every minute is about as bad for the climate as you can get nor that it’s directly and indirectly tamping down efforts to bring you renewable and cheaper power. No, it’s that the pipelines are here, because they’re everywhere already, and they multiply like snakes at the bottom of a pharaoh’s tomb.
Longtime investigative journalist Ellen Cantarow, who has been reporting about fracking for years, wrote about the pipelines today for TomDispatch. As the battle in Colorado over the right of individual citizens and of larger communities to guard against threats posed by fracking continues to rage — at the ballot box and the legislature, in courtrooms and on the streets — Cantarow’s essay, “No Pipe Dream,” should be required reading.
She treasures her land, her apple trees, the wildlife that surrounds her. She points toward a tree, a home to an American kestrel. “There was a whole nest of them in this pine tree out here.” Her voice trembles with emotion. “My son was born here, my daughter was raised here, my granddaughter was raised here. It’s home. And they’re gonna take it from us?”
Company representatives began bullying her, she says. If she didn’t accept, they claimed, they’d reduce the price to $7,100. And if she kept on being stubborn, they’d finally take what they needed by eminent domain. But Briggs didn’t budge. “It’s not a money thing. This is our home. I’m sixty-five years old. And if that pipeline goes through I can’t live here.”
The Constitution Pipeline would carry shale gas more than 120 miles from Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna County through New York’s Schoharie County. This would be the first interstate transmission pipeline in the region, and at 30 inches in diameter, a big one. Four corporations — Williams, a Tulsa-based energy infrastructure company, Cabot Oil & Gas, Piedmont Natural Gas, and WGL Holdings — are the partners. Williams claims the pipeline “is not designed to facilitate natural gas drilling in New York.” But it would connect with two others — the Iroquois, running from the Long Island shore to Canada, and the Tennessee, extending from the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast into Pennsylvania’s frack fields. This link-up, opponents believe, means that the Constitution would be able to export fracked gas from New York, the only Marcellus state to have resisted drilling so far.
Any of that sound familiar, Colorado? Read the whole piece now — it’s not that long — at TomDispatch.
[ Image gas pipelines via EIA. ]
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