Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Please act now!



Friends,

Tony Ingraffea and others have brought forth the issues with CCPA and have contributed to the creation of an effective climate action bill. This is what we need to do. Thanks to Susan Multer and Suzannah Glidden for forwarding the action we must take.
Please take a few moments right now to do the following....

PLEASE phone FIRST THING_**_Wednesday morning and throughout the day to 
strongly OPPOSE the flawed Climate and Community Protection Act 
A.8270A/S.6617A (CCPA).**Urge them not to bring it to a vote or pass it. 
Despite a few revisions, many of the technical flaws remain and the bill 
is not equipped to meet its goals. That's why it sets us back in our 
effort to fight climate change.

Sen. John Flanagan 518-455-2071

Sen. Jeff Klein 518-455-3595

Sen. Tony Avella 518-455-2210 

Please blast this call-in request to all your contacts to help!

There's a better climate bill, NYS Climate Responsibility Act.  Tell 
legislators to vote NO on CCPA and instead vote for responsible climate 
legislation next year.

Thank you!

Advocates for Responsible Climate Action (ARCA)

Suzannah Glidden, Founding member


914-485-1052



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be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Fenton #BombTrucks rally tomorrow Thu 6pm!

There will be a rally at 6pm at Port Dickinson park on Thursday -- tomorrow about the Fenton "compressor station" (#BombTrucks depot) fyi.

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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bomb Trucks SHUT DOWN!

This is a follow-up to a previous post, 6pm Friday:
BREAKING NEWS! 
<xng forest lake bomb trucks shut down.jpg>

Here's a beautiful sight!!

21x XNG #BombTrucks are sitting idle in Forest Lake! 

Susquehanna County Commissioners issued a Cease-and-Desist order to XNG facility at Forest Lake. 2x outbound trailers at ~6:15 and THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

#ShutItDown 
Then this, 9:15 Friday:
I may have spoken too soon.

At 6:00, It looked all shut down. 
But at 9:15, it looked to be back in service.
Compressor is back on. 
At least 2 trucks refilling their fuel tanks,
And some of the trailers are gone.
One truck looks like it's ready to leave.

We are trying to reach a county official for the official word.

My guess is either XNG anticipated the order, and it never happened. So shortly after COB they restarted.

or else the order DID happen, they shut down for a few hrs, and then decided to defy the order.

Either way, they should be shut down by Monday for at least a month. Hopefully for good!

We still very much need people in VESTAL to do spot checks on 440 Prentice Rd (take photos!).

And we need people in OTSEGO Co to report on truck spotting... Times, where seen? How many? Normal flow? Reduced? Or Increased?

And we need someone from HERKIMER Co to drive by Manheim station and report activity.  (take photos!).

Thanks.
People asked for more background, why would the pro-gas Susquehanna County Commissioners go after XNG? After all they've been through.

This explains some of it:


See attached memo from Susquehanna County Director of Planning Bob Templeton to the planning board.

Here is my list, not all were issues for the county: 

XNG is not in compliance with the Board's Conditional Final Approval. 
Failed the required sound study, result not given to the County for several months, failed to install sound abatements, trees and a wall
★ actual site buildout and operations are different than proposed, 
★ built with no DEP air permit claiming an exemption; site continues to operate despite DEP telling them they need to file
★ not all required permits and environmental studies completed, e.g. 
★No FERC EIS, 
★operating without a FERC Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. 
★ No NY EIS under SEQR, no Risk Assessment
Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. 
★ No NY EIS under SEQR, no Risk Assessment

(This does not include issues with Manheim)

XNG has been out of compliance since they began operations in February.  They have never been in compliance. The planning commission says this is very unusual. Stipulated conditions for conditional permits are normally remedied in weeks. 
 
The Planning Board voted to bounce the issue back to the County Commissioners claiming the Planning Board has no enforcement authority. 

I've never seen Alan Hall this pissed off! Zip to the last 10 min or so:

Maybe even Susquehanna County has reached a breaking point?

Also, former county commissioner Mike Giangreco is the county soliciter is a neighbor of the facility. So there's a lot of parts to this.

Lastly, as of 9pm last night, it looked like the site was back in operation. 

So they are either defying the order, or they anticipated the order on Fri, and it never came.

BH


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)




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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Re: Bomb Trucks SHUT DOWN!

I may have spoken too soon.

At 6:00, It looked all shut down. 
But at 9:15, it looked to be back in service.
Compressor is back on. 
At least 2 trucks refilling their fuel tanks,
And some of the trailers are gone.
One truck looks like it's ready to leave.

We are trying to reach a county official for the official word.

My guess is either XNG anticipated the order, and it never happened. So shortly after COB they restarted.

or else the order DID happen, they shut down for a few hrs, and then decided to defy the order.

Either way, they should be shut down by Monday for at least a month. Hopefully for good!

We still very much need people in VESTAL to do spot checks on 440 Prentice Rd (take photos!).

And we need people in OTSEGO Co to report on truck spotting... Times, where seen? How many? Normal flow? Reduced? Or Increased?

And we need someone from HERKIMER Co to drive by Manheim station and report activity.  (take photos!).

Thanks.

On Friday, June 16, 2017, William Huston <williamahuston@gmail.com> wrote:
BREAKING NEWS!


Here's a beautiful sight!!

21x XNG #BombTrucks are sitting idle in Forest Lake!

Susquehanna County Commissioners issued a Cease-and-Desist order to XNG facility at Forest Lake. 2x outbound trailers at ~6:15 and THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

#ShutItDown


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)


--
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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Bomb Trucks SHUT DOWN!

BREAKING NEWS!


Here's a beautiful sight!!

21x XNG #BombTrucks are sitting idle in Forest Lake!

Susquehanna County Commissioners issued a Cease-and-Desist order to XNG facility at Forest Lake. 2x outbound trailers at ~6:15 and THAT'S ALL FOLKS!

#ShutItDown


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Chenango Valley Board of Ed. Fights Back against #BombTrucks!!


BREAKING NEWS!

150 community members came out to to witness and give comments, as the Chenango Valley Board of Education voted 8-0 (w/ one abstention) to approve hiring of outside counsel to pursue an Art 78 challenge of the Town of Fenton Planning Board decision to approve new NG Advantage #BombTrucks facility.

Related: Susquehanna County Planning Commission is holding a special meeting on the Forest Lake XNG BombTrucks facility TOMORROW! Tue June 13 at 7pm. 

We are hearing this is going to be a hot one... Attend if you can!
The Susquehanna County Planning Commission will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, at the County Office Building in the downstairs conference room, to discuss and consider action on the XNG Natural Gas industrial development, Forest Lake Township.


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)




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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Bomb Trucks meeting TONIGHT! CV BOE 7pm (Map & Directions)

ALERT! CV BOE meeting tonight to discuss the Bomb Trucks!

Chenango Valley HS Library
221 Chenango Bridge Rd,
Binghamton, NY 13901
6pm Monday 6/12

MAP AND DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/DQaBtxsVYdm

Friends, PLEASE let us stop calling this a "compressor station". I have studied compressor stations for 7 years, and that's not what this is! --- This is a BRAND NEW CREATURE never before seen. This is a CNG filling stationand truck depot for a Virtual Pipeline.



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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Forest Lake XNG #BombTrucks Filling Station aerial shot

This is the origin of the 100x trucks/day going from Forest Lake, Susquehanna County PA, through Broome, Delaware, Otsego, and Herkimer Counties NY, where the gas is being injected on the Iroquois Pipeline.

More info on Bomb Trucks:

http://williamahuston.blogspot.com/search?q=bomb+trucks


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Flawed approval of XNG depot hurts Eliot

http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20131117/OPINION/311170326

Flawed approval of XNG depot hurts Eliot

After only one meeting in which the public was allowed to express its concerns and opinions about safety plans and emergency response, liability, noise, property depreciation, air quality, wetlands and wildlife, enforcement/compliance issues related to a proposed 24/7 XNG natural gas trucking depot, the Eliot Planning Board voted unanimously, 7-0, on Nov. 5 to approve the XNG site application for 535 Route 236.

After only one meeting in which the public was allowed to express its concerns and opinions about safety plans and emergency response, liability, noise, property depreciation, air quality, wetlands and wildlife, enforcement/compliance issues related to a proposed 24/7 XNG natural gas trucking depot, the Eliot Planning Board voted unanimously, 7-0, on Nov. 5 to approve the XNG site application for 535 Route 236.

The trucking depot XNG wants to establish at the site would tap the nearby Maritimes & Northeast Interstate Pipeline (M&NP) that is 684 miles long, stretching from Goldboro, Nova Scotia, to Dracut, Mass. It would occupy a 32-acre site and fill in one quarter acre of wetlands protected by the federal Natural Resources Protection Act.

Earlier this year, XNG Maine established a similar trucking depot in remote, northern Baileyville, Maine, on a site nowhere near a residential zone on not on wetlands. It makes perfect sense.

So it's quite strange to understand the company's application to set up a trucking depot at this particular site in Eliot. It defies all logic. The proposed site abuts a residential area with many farms and historic homes, it sits on protected wetlands that new FEMA flood data clearly identifies as a Hazardous Zone A flood area, it is located on a notoriously busy and dangerous commuter corridor and is less than half a mile away from a middle school with 600 students. Though the site is zoned as Commercial/Industrial on the town's ill-conceived zoning map, XNG asked for far more — they asked to occupy a site that requires an "alteration to existing federal wetlands protection laws." It remains unclear why this huge industrial concern could not find a site for its depot in the already established industrial zone further south on Route 236. Why it needs to set up shop in a fragile ecosystem and near a vital, historic neighborhood comes down to expediency and an easy permitting process in Eliot.

Events leading up to and immediately following the Eliot Planning Board vote unfolded as a bureaucratic and devastating "Perfect Storm" paving the way for an industrial operation that should have been stopped in its tracks for several reasons.

The unfortunate and obvious dog-and-pony show at town Planning Board meetings revealed a deep-seated move on the part of its members to welcome commercial and industrial applicants at all costs. Beyond the brief, 45-minute opportunity to speak afforded to members of the neighborhood affected directly by the XNG project — a timeslot when neighbors submitted signed letters opposing the project on terms of quality of life and depreciation of land, property and business values — the meetings were basically free advertisement opportunities for "Big Gas" to overwhelm the tax revenue hungry Planning Board. The "Besotted 7" were an interesting group; on two occasions, one member with a legal background recommended that they hire an outside consultant to help them to analyze the 150-page XNG application but this was not done.

Another board member demanded a noise study and one was done, but the public doesn't know who did that study. Perhaps XNG? Where is the transparency?

Also missing at these meetings was diverse outside opinion. Advocates from conservation groups, natural gas safety experts, wetlands and wildlife scientists and emergency response personnel were never invited to add their information or opinions in the mix before the vote was taken. If this was done, it was done behind closed doors.

It's obvious that the Planning Board is not qualified to decide a matter as complicated as the XNG Project or experienced in fully exploring all aspects of such a project.

In fact, the chairman of the Eliot Planning Board dissed the town's Conservation Committee in the first public meeting and did not allow the public any follow-up questions with XNG at the one meeting where public discourse was allowed.

A most dispiriting revelation emanated from these Planning Board meetings. It's called the Friends and Family Town Government, where there are no term limits for those serving on various town boards and no limitations on how many boards a person can serve on simultaneously.

Basically, it means that a streak of pro-industrial development stains several committees and boards in Eliot town government, a stain so strong that board members listen to captains of industry over their own citizenry.

This taken together with a flawed, out-dated zoning map, and collusion between certain self-interested board members, means the bar is set very low for commercial development in Eliot.

It didn't take long to realize that the chairman of the Planning Board serves on many committees including, as vice-chairman, the Board of Selectmen and the "rabidly pro-business development on Route 236" Sewer Expansion Committee that has had citizens vote on that project three times. This Planning Board chairman did not recuse himself from deciding on perhaps the biggest commercial developments on Route 236 and not surprisingly in this matter, members of the Business Development Committee showed up to say they approved the XNG project. These individuals have a financial stake in commercial development on Route 236.

This was bad enough but it became even more one-sided when the superintendant of schools at MSAD 35, whose offices are near the middle school, completely deferred to the Planning Board in the XNG matter. In a letter read at the Planning Board meeting the day the vote was taken, the superintendent acknowledged that even though concerns were expressed by several parents about the close proximity of the XNG depot to the school, she would let the Planning Board decide. She did not even ask for an emergency response report from the town or XNG, if one exists. The latter is going to train our small, all volunteer fire department and that appears to be the extent of emergency response.

Information relating to the air filters used on the compressors at the XNG depot and the levels of natural gas emissions they will allow have not been made known to the public.

Even worse, just two days after the Planning Board vote, the beleaguered Maine Department of Environmental Protection (hurt by the unmasking of its chief as a former chemical industry lobbyist) issued a draft letter of approval for the project at the same time it was accepting letters of concern from affected neighbors. I guess these letters will go into the same file/waste basket as those filed at Town Hall objecting to the project.

Additionally, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Public Utilities Commission have not become involved in the project.

The state maintains Route 236 and the DOT does not think that an average of 24 trucks, loaded with compressed natural gas, entering and leaving that site each and every day, day and night, requires a traffic study.

This "Perfect Storm" of self-interest, collusion, lack of transparency, limited public participation, bureaucratic short-sightedness, small town politics and big industry tactics has let this ridiculous plan move forward.

I join my many neighbors in abject disappointment over our town leaders and their willingness to welcome this industrial depot on a site that is blatantly not suited for this use.

XNG still awaits permitting from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The endangered Blanding's turtle, a rare blue butterfly, white oak and other resident species in the wetlands surrounding and within the proposed XNG site have been identified by the DEP. To hear XNG representatives stand up in our town meetings and say they'll improve the wetlands and save the turtles is tantamount to listening to those self-serving BP (British Petroleum) television commercials that make themselves (the despoilers of the Gulf) out to be living saints whose sole mission is to protect wildlife.

Now that the public in Eliot has voted down a sewer expansion project three times, (we voted down the wave of commercial and industrial business that will come with this expanded sewer), it's time for citizens to tackle a re-do of the town's zoning ordinances so that in future, industrial concerns may not sit next to residential areas, open lands and fragile, flood- prone tracts of land.

Laura Pope is a resident of Eliot, Maine.



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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

CNG & DGEs

I've been looking for info to determine the size in terms of methane mass contained in the smaller sized carbon-fiber composite tanks used for CNG vehicles.

There are several examples of these smaller tanks exploding, rupturing, catching fire, turning into a blowtorch, etc., but none I can find of the larger tanks rupturing. 

They seem to be rated in DGEs, Diesel Gallon Equivalent. 

Here is a nice explanation, and a price chart. 

It says if methane is $3/MCF, then the cost of a DGE of CNG is $0.44, not including operational costs of compression, capital depreciation, profit, etc.

I took a rough guess at their operational costs (excluding profit), including labor and capital depreciation, and came up with between $.65 to $.90 added per MCF as a "CNG midstream cost". 

(One thing I forgot to add was per-mile fuel costs -- I'll work on adding this).

Spot price at Liedy Hub is now about $2.70. Add the CNG midstream costs and it's $3.35 to $3.60/MCF. Plug that in to the table above and we get under $.60 per DGE. 

Diesel in Binghamton is $2.60 - $2.85/gal. So CNG represents a saving for vehicle fleets of $2/DGE! 
Quite substantial. CNG fuel costs are about 1/6th the cost of diesel. 

That creates a great push towards CNG vehicles.

The problems are that CNG is not as ubiquitous as diesel, and also CNG trucks lack the torque of diesel. Not ideal for heavy loads or where there are steep hills. So limited applications. 


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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
-- ancient Buddhist Prayer (Metta)