Sunday, May 17, 2015

Alternate download links for FSGEIS



Ordinarily, we would direct you to download these documents directly from the DEC's website here:  http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html

But the DEC website appears to be down for the last 3 days. So, I've combined the FSGEIS and the response document into a single 2040 page document and uploaded it two additional locations, and provided short links to each.

PS: If you are looking for PRIOR versions to compare it to:



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be happy and free from suffering :)
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fwd: My latest pipeline presentation, w/Nadia Steinzor


Here's my latest pipeline presentation,
which I did in Central Virginia (Buckingham Co)
for two groups threatened by the Dominion
Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

I think this came out really great
and is of general interest for any group
fighting a pipeline or compressor:


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

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http://youtu.be/fP9_uZJUE0w

Recorded by Sam Eberle / Shakticomm
(Yogaville)

SEGMENT TIMES:
4:16 = Nadia
34:50 = Bill
1:08:34 = Q+A.

My talk was structured in 5 parts:
1: Pipeline 101
2: Compressor 101
3: FERC
4: Success Stories
5: What can we do?

There's a massive promotion for #BXE and
Stop the #FERCus.

I hope this is helpful.
Please share if you your other groups
if you find it useful.

BH

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Invitation to Buckingham VA Sunday ++ My Prayer


If anyone is in the vicinity, I will be giving a talk about Pipelines
and Compressor Stations in Buckingham County, Virginia.,
along with Nadia Steinzor, from Earthworks.

If the trip is possible, would love to have some #BXE-crew
or other pipeline fighters from VA, DC, MD, or NC groups
fighting the Dominion Atlantic Coast Pipeline or other
piplines/compressors, come out and show support.

There are two different communities there.
My hosts are the Yogaville Community, a largely
affluent, white, and educated.

The town of Buckingham is the exact opposite.
One of the last areas to integrate in the nation,
so access to public schools has been only recent.
Very poor, people of color.

The people there are largely have no internet.
I said, they have no internet there.
Most people are not online.

Talk about environmental justice, they are pushing a 30,000 HP
compressor station on these people. The church where we will
present will likely be forced to close its doors if the station is built.

Please come and support if you can. This people are very cut-off.
They need to have contacts with other groups,
people looking after them, checking in on their progress.


Thank you!!!
Please share this on ACP lists, and VA pipeline and VA environment lists.



My Prayer
I am thinking about the new FERC commissioner and chair Norman Bay.
And this thought arose:

Please let us all strive to be Quantum Activists--
Let us imagine that Norman Bey is presently
a "super-position of states"

We do not know how he will act.
He's largely a blank slate.

He is like a pair of dice before being tossed.

Also know that they are watching
all of us very carefully.

Industry contractors and PR operatives are sending
our social-media postings directly to FERC. We
know this from a FOIL request from some of the
Minisink folks. These ex-parte communications with industry
are common.

We must remember -- We have incredible power here.
Our efforts can and are having a profound impact.

I say this prayer-- (and suggest it to you :)
"May Norman Bay's actions
as well as the other Commissioners
as well as our own actions,
be motivated by truth and compassion always,
for the goal of protecting and preserving life. "

I believe this intention can help "collapse the quantum wave function"
in one way vs. another. In this way, I believe we can affect the
material reality 
with our thoughts, speech, and deeds.

We can influence Norman Bay's actions.

May our thoughts/speech/ and deeds be performed with skill
and motivated by wisdom

All the best to you,
BH





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be happy and free from suffering :)
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ingraffea / Howarth TODAY at Cornell @ 4:30 pm.



SHORT NOTICE! BIG EVENT!



Still A Bridge to Nowhere: Methane Emissions and the Greenhouse Gas Footprint of Natural Gas

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:30pm

Hollister Hall, McManus Lounge 4 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

On the 4th anniversary of their seminal paper with Rene Santoro, "Methane and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas from shale formations", Profs. Bob Howarth and Tony Ingraffea will present a retrospective on  the new science that has ensued, the resulting proposed policy and regulatory changes, and the ongoing socio-political "discourse" on this topic. They will show videos of ongoing venting and leakage of methane from various sources and discuss the continuing impact of methane emissions on both air quality and climate change.


If you are not familiar with Cornell,
best parking is here:
  1. Park at Ithaca Municipal Parking on 119 Dryden Rd.
    Take your ticket with you. Pay at the station on the way back to your car.
  2. On foot, make a left at the Starbucks, past Collegtown Bagles.
  3. You can take the footbridge or walk the road. Footbridge is a little shorter.
  4. Walk up the stairs between Thurston Hall and Hollister Hall.
  5. Hollister Hall is on the left. Use the side door, or enter main entrance off the Quad.
  6. McManus Lounge is on the left on the first floor.
See the map:


 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

pipeline safety regs diagram



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Following the TAINT in federal pipeline regs

Following the TAINTED TRAIL in federal pipeline regs

Here is a new chart I am working in.
I submit it here for your review.

Please comment if you see errors or omissions.
DRAFT

So first thing this shows is basically how "High Consequence Areas" are calculated
by Federal Regulations. These regs are EXTREMELY complex and



What I mean by a "taint" is either a clear error in a formula or model,
or else what I would call an irresponsible, and non-scientific under-valuation
of risk which places human lives in jeopardy.

So there idea is that there are 3 sources of TAINT in Federal Pipeline Safety Regs.
This attempts to map it out.

Population Density
(which inputs into both Class determination and also HCAs)

What might be reasonable is to count the homes or structures
in the potential blast radius. But the federal formula only
considers a radius of 660' from the centerline. The problem
here is that in several catastrophic failures (San Bruno CA,
Appomattox VA, Cleburne TX), the blast radius was far over
that: ~1,000 to ~1,400 ft.

Alternate MAOP

All metal pipelines corrode over time. Since pipeline thickness
is a function of Barlow's Formula for determining the Max Allowable
Operating Pressure, then a pipeline's MAOP should decrease over
time. However, PHMSA has bent to industry "pressure" and has
implemented a scientifically dubious scheme to INCREASE MAOP
of aging pipelines.

Gas Constant
(This is an input into the Potential Impact Radius or PIR).

The problem here is that PST and PHMSA both agree
that the PIR formula is way off. I have gathered data from
5 recent catastrophic gas pipeline failures. IN EACH CASE
the actual impact radius exceeded the predicted PIR
by at lease 1.2x (Sissonville) to as much as 2.5x (San Bruno),
over by 595'ft (Cleburne) and a max radius of ~1,400'ft. (Cleburne).

As you can see by this diagram, these errors become inputs to other
variables, so these accumulate.

Bottom Line: People who live near pipelines in rural areas are
placed into jeopardy by federal safety regulations a DOZEN
different ways.

People who live near pipelines in more populated areas are
placed into jeopardy because HCAs are based on an extremely
flawed PIR formula.

The Algonquin Incremental Markets project (AIM) is proposing
a MASSIVE 42" gas pipeline near a nuclear power facility.
They are assessing the risk based on faulty the faulty HCA/PIR
formula.

ALMOST TOO HORRIBLE TO MENTION: during my research
on the AIM pipeline, I discovered there are several existing pipelines
which run into this same facility.

From a risk management standpoint-- this is insane.




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be happy and free from suffering :)
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Cases in the Northern District of New York with Constitution Pipeline as a Party


Select A Case


Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC is a plaintiff in 121 cases.

1:14-cv-02000-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 3.62 Acres and Temporary Easements for 3.08 Acres in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 81.-4-13 et al filed 12/12/14
1:14-cv-02003-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.11 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.42 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 112.-1-2-11.1 et al filed 12/15/14
1:14-cv-02007-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0 .18 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.40 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 123.-3-11.2 et al filed 12/15/14
1:14-cv-02010-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Access Easement for 1.10 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York Tax Parcel Number 133.-6-17 et al filed 12/15/14   closed 01/12/15
1:14-cv-02011-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.34 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.88 Acres in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 81.-1-5 et al filed 12/15/14
1:14-cv-02014-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.93 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.96 Acres in Richmondville, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 91.-3-5 et al filed 12/15/14
1:14-cv-02016-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.40 Acres and Temporary Easements for .057 Acres in Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 47.-7-13 et al filed 12/15/14
1:14-cv-02023-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.67 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.68 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 133.-5-14 et al filed 12/17/14
1:14-cv-02027-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.80 Acres and Temporary Easement for 1.51 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 123.-4-3.13 et al filed 12/17/14
1:14-cv-02032-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.24 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.32 Acres in Jefferson, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 134.-1-22 et al filed 12/17/14
1:14-cv-02041-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.28 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.39 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 123.-2-1 et al filed 12/18/14
1:14-cv-02044-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.74 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.85 Acres in Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 71.-3-3 et al filed 12/18/14   closed 01/30/15
1:14-cv-02047-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.26 Acres And Temporary Easement for 0.26 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 134.-1-1.1 et al filed 12/18/14
1:14-cv-02048-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.05 Acres And Temporary Easements for 0.52 Acres In Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 123.-4-3.12 et al filed 12/18/14
1:14-cv-02050-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.81 Acres And Temporary Easements for 1.15 Acres In Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 123.-4-3.1 et al filed 12/18/14
1:14-cv-02051-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.31 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.44 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 123.-2-3 et al filed 12/18/14
1:14-cv-02052-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.01 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.01 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 111.-6-7, et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02054-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.46 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.56 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 123.-3-2 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02055-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.49 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.68 Acres in Summit. Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 112.-4-14.1 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02057-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.42 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.46 Acres, in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 133.-6-11 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02060-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.79 Acres and Temporary Easement for 2.03 Acres in Cobleskill, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 81.-1-6 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02061-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.43 Acres and Temporary Easements for 2.20 Acres in Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 71.-1-6.1 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02062-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Temporary Easement for 0.07 Acres in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 81.-3-3.2 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02063-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.80 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.84 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 123.-2-9 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02065-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.32 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.39 Acres in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 70.-5-6.2 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02066-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Temporary Easements for 0.16 Acres in Parcel Number 123.-3-7 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02067-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.37 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.25 Acres in Summit, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 133.-5-13 et al filed 12/19/14
1:14-cv-02072-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.54 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.60 Acres in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 81.-4-14 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 12/31/14
1:14-cv-02103-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.65 Acres and Temporary Easements for 2.44 Acres, in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 70.-5-11.1 et al filed 12/22/14
1:14-cv-02104-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.78 Acres and Temporary Easement for 1.85 Acres, in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 70.5-10 et al filed 12/22/14
1:14-cv-02105-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.69 Acres and Temporary Easements for 3.90 Acres in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 70.-5-6.1 et al filed 12/22/14
1:14-cv-02110-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.43 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.72 Acres, in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 82.-1-1.1 et al filed 12/22/14
1:14-cv-02112-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.06 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.99 Acres in Afton, Chenango County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 290.-1-11.1 et al filed 12/24/14
1:14-cv-02119-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.22 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.35 Acres in Schoharie, Schoharie County, New York Tax Parcel Number 48.-4-21 et al filed 12/24/14
1:14-cv-02120-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.34 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.30 Acres in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 70.-5-5.2 et al filed 12/24/14
3:14-cv-02001-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement For 0.62 Acres And Temporary Easements for 0.48 Acres, In Masonville, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 160.-1-10 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02002-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.89 Acres and Temporary Easement for 1.08 Acres in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 139.-1-12.3 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02004-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.18 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.31 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-8.9 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02005-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 3.76 Acres and Temporary Easements for 4.91 Acres, in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 186.00-00001-1 et al filed 12/15/14   closed 01/30/15
3:14-cv-02006-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.52 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.93 Acres, in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 31.-1-10 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02008-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement For 0.42 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.67 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 32.-1-34.5 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02009-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.46 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.67 Acres in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 43.-1-29 et al filed 12/15/14   closed 02/04/15
3:14-cv-02012-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. Temporary Easements for 0.44 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 24.-1-31.14 et al filed 12/15/14   closed 12/31/14
3:14-cv-02013-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.49 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.85 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-8.11 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02015-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.32 Acres and Temporary Easements for 3.10 Acres, in Afton, Chenango County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 295.-1-2 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02017-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.01 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.76 Acres, in Masonville, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 160.-2-9 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02018-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.38 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.38 Acres, in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 75.-2-5 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02019-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.02 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.26 Acres, in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 43.-1-9.2 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02020-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement For 0.54 Acres And Temporary Easements for 0.65 Acres In Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-14.111 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02021-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.34 Acres And Temporary Easements for 0.41 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-31 et al filed 12/15/14
3:14-cv-02022-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.08 Acres And Temporary Easements for 0.24 Acres, In Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-33 et al filed 12/15/14   closed 01/26/15
3:14-cv-02024-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.87 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.42 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-22.111 et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02025-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for .081 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.20 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-22.12 et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02026-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 3.75 Acres and Temporary Easements for 4.95 Acres, in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 117.-1-58.12 et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02028-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.36 Acres And Temporary Easement for 0.38 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-22.51 et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02029-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.08 Acres And a Temporary Easement for 0.03 Acres, In Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 086.00-00001-28 et al filed 12/17/14   closed 02/09/15
3:14-cv-02030-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.79 Acres And Temporary Easements for 1.08 Acres in Davenport, Deleware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-8.151 et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02031-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.47 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.61 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 24.-3-5. et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02033-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.98 Acres And Temporary Easements for 2.26 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-10 et al filed 12/17/14   closed 01/23/15
3:14-cv-02034-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.33 Acres And Temporary Easements for 1.70 Acres In Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 32.-1-21.1 et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02035-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for .68 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.05 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 25.-1-19 et al filed 12/17/14   closed 01/23/15
3:14-cv-02036-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.23 Acres And Temporary Easements for 1.52, In Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 32.-1-20.1, et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02037-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.02 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 1.02 Acres, in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 58.-1-7 et al filed 12/17/14   closed 01/23/15
3:14-cv-02038-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.25 Acres And a Temporary Easement for 0.24 Acres, In Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-22.4 et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02039-NAM Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.17 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.61 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York Tax Parcel Number 32.-1-14.1 et al filed 12/17/14
3:14-cv-02040-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.47 Acres and Temporary Easements for 2.25 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-19.11 et al filed 12/18/14
3:14-cv-02042-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.18 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.07 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 32.-1-20.4 et al filed 12/18/14   closed 01/30/15
3:14-cv-02043-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.12 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 2.55 Acres, in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 138.00-00001-11.2 et al filed 12/18/14
3:14-cv-02045-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.24 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.22 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel, Number 34.-1-48 et al filed 12/18/14
3:14-cv-02046-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.40 Acres And Temporary Easements for 3.13 Acres in Davenport, Deleware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 25.-1-5 et al filed 12/18/14
3:14-cv-02049-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.80 Acres and Temporary Easement for 2.09 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 24.-1-41 et al filed 12/18/14
3:14-cv-02053-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.21 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.36 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 35.-1-1.12 et al filed 12/19/14
3:14-cv-02056-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 3.28 Acres, Permanent Access Easment for 0.21 Acres and Temporary Easments for 3.94 Acres in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel number 217.03-00001-8 et al filed 12/19/14
3:14-cv-02058-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.55 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.64 Acres in Harpersfield, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 10.-1-15.1 et al filed 12/19/14
3:14-cv-02059-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for .44 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.66 Acres, in Harpersfield, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 17.-1-1 et al filed 12/19/14
3:14-cv-02064-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.52 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.38, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 24.-3-8 et al filed 12/19/14
3:14-cv-02068-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.98 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.89 Acres in Afton, Chenango County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 290.-1-5 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/12/15
3:14-cv-02069-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.25 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.43 Acres in Bainbridge, Chenango County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 276.-1-26.2 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02070-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.03 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.05 Acres, in Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 71.-2-25 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/26/15
3:14-cv-02071-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.16 Acres and Temporary Easement for 1.59 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 17.-2-4.3 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02073-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.23 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.22 Acres in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 75.-1-33.1 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/12/15
3:14-cv-02074-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.24 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.24 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-22.52 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 12/31/14
3:14-cv-02075-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.15 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.57 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 25.-1-1 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02076-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.59 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.93 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 17.-2-11.1 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/12/15
3:14-cv-02077-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.15 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.56 Acres in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 086.00-00001-17.12. et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02078-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanenet Easement for 1.61 Acres, Permanent Access Easement for 1.13 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.82 Acres in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 75.-1-40 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 12/31/14
3:14-cv-02079-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.17 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.55 Acres in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 186.00-00001-2.1 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/23/15
3:14-cv-02080-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.27 Acres and Temporary Easements for 2.66 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 32.-1-15.121 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02081-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.25 Acres and Temporary Easement for 2.09 Acres in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 117.-1-57 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/21/15
3:14-cv-02082-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.58 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.65 Acres in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 103.00-00002-7 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 02/09/15
3:14-cv-02083-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.49 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.09 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 24.-1-14 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02084-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.57 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.66 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 25.-1-21 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/12/15
3:14-cv-02085-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.75 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 1.12 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 25.-1-20 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/12/15
3:14-cv-02086-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.22 Acres, Temporary Easements for 0.84 Acres and Temporary Access Easement for 0.07 Acres in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 140.-1-47.3 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/06/15
3:14-cv-02087-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.45 Acres and Temporary Easement for 2.45 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 34.-1-34. et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/06/15
3:14-cv-02088-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.52 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.62 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 16.-2-30 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02089-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.11 Acres in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 140.-1-30.12 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/30/15
3:14-cv-02090-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.47 Acres and Temporary Easements for 2.04 Acres in Franklin, Delware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 76.-1-7.2 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 12/31/14
3:14-cv-02091-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.22 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.22 Acres in Davenport, Delaware Couty, New York, Tax Parcel Number 34.-1-44 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/23/15
3:14-cv-02092-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.33 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.48 Acres in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 140.-1-47.1 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/06/15
3:14-cv-02093-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.89 Acres, Permanent Access Easement for 0.59 Acres and Temporary Easements for 1.02 Acres in Afton, Chenango County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 295.-1-5.2 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02094-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.77 Acres and Temporary Easements for 2.14 Acres in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 58.-1-14 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02095-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.71 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.75 Acres in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 201.00-00001-12 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 12/31/14
3:14-cv-02096-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.01 Acres and Temporary Easement fpr 0.04 Acres in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 201.04-00001-19 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 12/31/14
3:14-cv-02097-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.18 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.24 Acres, in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 31.-1-6.2 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/30/15
3:14-cv-02098-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.10 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 2.08 Acres in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 30.-1-17 et al filed 12/19/14
3:14-cv-02099-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.57 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.75 Acres in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 201.00-00001-15 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/12/15
3:14-cv-02100-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 3.59 Acres, Permanent Access Easement for 0.74 Acres and Temporary Easements for 4.30 Acres, in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 43.-1-35.11 et al filed 12/22/14   closed 01/06/15
3:14-cv-02101-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.92 Acres, Permanent Access Easement for 0.78 Acres, Temporary Easements for 4.08 Acres, and Exclusive Rights Easement for 0.11 Acres in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, et al filed 12/22/14   closed 12/31/14
3:14-cv-02102-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.12 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.10 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 33.-1-22.2 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02106-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.23 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.23 Acres, in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 75.-1-33.5 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02107-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.28 Acres, Permanent Access Easement for 2.31 Acres, Temporary Easements for 2.68 Acres and Exclusive Rights Easement for 0.11 Acres in Masonville, Delaware County, New York, et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02108-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.37 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.55 Acres, in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 32.-1-34.2. et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02109-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.33 Acres and Temporary Easements for 0.77 Acres in Sanford, Broome County. New York, Tax Parcel Number 103.00-00001-32 et al filed 12/22/14
3:14-cv-02111-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 1.83 Acres and Temporary Easements for 2.02 Acres, in Sidney, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 138.-2-32 et al filed 12/24/14   closed 01/06/15
3:14-cv-02113-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.40 Acres and Temporary Easement for 0.51 Acres in Sanford, Broome County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 201.00-00001-13 et al filed 12/23/14   closed 02/04/15
3:14-cv-02114-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 2.16 Acres and Temporary Easements for 2.41 Acres, in Harpersfield, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 11.-1-3.3 et al filed 12/23/14
3:14-cv-02115-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 6.57 Acres and Temporary Easements for 3.41 Acres in Harpersfield, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 4.-1-9 et al filed 12/23/14
3:14-cv-02116-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 0.98 Acres and a Temporary Easement for 0.96 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 32.-3-12 et al filed 12/23/14   closed 01/26/15
3:14-cv-02117-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Temporary Easement for 0.07 Acres in Davenport, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 34.-1-96 et al filed 12/23/14
3:14-cv-02118-NAM-RFT Constitution Pipeline Company, LLC v. A Permanent Easement for 3.14 Acres and Temporary Easements for 4.52 Acres in Franklin, Delaware County, New York, Tax Parcel Number 76.-1-8.3 et al filed 12/23/14

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"Pre-Construction Tree Clearing"



Tree clearing is considered to be "pre-construction" by FERC.
(h/t: Alex Lotorto)
(behind a paywall, but relevant excerpt is below)

Law360, New York (February 13, 2012,  5:45 PM ET) --

A federal agency on Monday authorized pre-construction tree clearing* in Pennsylvania for a $257 million gas pipeline project by Central New York Oil and Gas Co. LLC and denied a stay requested by environmental groups opposed to the project.  (* emphasis added)

Also note that "tree clearing" (stump removal with machines)  is not the same as "tree cutting".

Please be on watch. Remember this is a war being waged against us.

There are very smart Generals on their side who have designed this arena to disempower us.

I believe there are cunning* language experts at work here who have carefully designed the language used in order confuse us about the status, and to catch us off guard.

(*
cunning: adjective 1. having or showing skill in achieving one's ends by deceit or evasion.)

I agree with what others from STP have said-- there seem to be many signals coming now which seem to be saying: "CP cannot legally proceed."

CP is asking for a 60 day delay to file their implementation plan. AFTER the tree clearing window is closed. 

Which could tend to lull us into a sense* of security.  (* possibly false)
However, I urge us all to consider the potential costs of being wrong on this point, are extremely grave.

In Game Theory, when one possible outcome is "extremely grave consequence", then this is the condition which should trigger the Precautionary Principle. It requires extreme caution, care, consideration.of all possibilities and an open discussion of the facts. This is all I am asking.

In fact, in court filings in the Northern District of NY, approximately 80 condemnation cases,  CP repeats again and again these properties MUST be condemned by Feb 16th  in order to meet the demands of "FERC's Order". 


Look at that date of that news article above about concerning the TGP construction 3 years ago: (February 13, 2012)

Huh. Same time as now.

This same situation plays out, again and again. They have this down to a science. They cut the trees BEFORE all the permits are in place, and issue signals to make you think THAT IT WILL NOT BE HAPPENING to catch everyone off guard.

Again: Tree clearing is NOT considered construction by FERC.

Once those trees are down, it begins a process that moves with the inertia  of a freight train coming at you the speed of sound.
Here is a Koan I wrote, in the tradition of Zen.  I call it a Pine Koan, after the largely  coniferous forests of Central New York.

What is the sound
of one chainsaw starting?
What is the sound
of its tungsten blade
as it first bites into
the frozen bark?

What is the sound of a single tree
hitting the forest floor?
Or ten? Or ten thousand?

What is the sound of Democracy, lost?
of our Constitution shredded by lust
and greed?

What is the sound of a single sleeping mouse
shredded to bits with a machine?

Did anyone hear?
--
What if 430,000 trees
are felled in the woods,
and no one comes to witness,
does it make a sound?

I hope to see a big turnout next Sunday

WHERE: Franklin United Methodist Church (Delaware Co)
465 Main St Franklin, NY 13775
WHEN: Sunday Feb 15, 1:30pm
WHAT: Community Meeting and Legal Observer Training.


Thank you for reading this.
BH




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be happy and free from suffering :)
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

CP13-499 Constitution Pipeline Urgent Notice for Central NY and NE PA


If 430,000 trees are felled in the woods,
and no one comes to witness,
does it make a sound?


This notice (minus the graphic) was sent to the Service List in CP13-499 Constitution Pipeline

Concerned Citizens and Landowners:

Please read the important information below about an
Emergency Community Meeting & Legal Observer Training
being held at the United Methodist Church, 465 Main St.
Franklin
(Delaware County) NY,  tomorrow, Sunday Feb 8th.

NOTE WELL: this meeting and training is being independently organized, and has no affiliation with
the groups Stop the Pipeline, the STP Steering Committee, or the Pace Law Clinic

PROJECT STATUS
1. Several permits outstanding

There are are several permits pending under the Clean Water Act which are
required to be issued by NYS DEC and the United States
Army Corps of Engineers before FERC has the legal right to issue
a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity or an Order to Begin Construction.

2. Legal DEADLOCK

These permits require survey crews to walk the land, however they
cannot get access due to many landowners denying access.

US Army Corps and NYS DEC cannot gain access to the land
without condemnation proceedings.

Condemnation proceedings cannot begin with the FERC permit.

3. Constitution Pipeline is stuck and CANNOT LEGALLY PROCEED.

Also, wetlands cannot be surveyed properly until spring due to frozen ground.

4. Lawless Rogues do not need permits

Constitution Pipeline Company has filed condemnation proceedings
against approximately 90 landowners. There may be more.
This is based on a legally dubious "Conditional Permit" issued by
FERC which has no basis in FERC's statutory authority.

Since the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does not
have authority under the Natural Gas Act to act until all permits
are in place, these condemnation proceedings have no basis
in law, and are completely illegal.

5. No evidence of public need
The federal jurisdiction for eminent domain is "Public Necessity".
However there no evidence on the record that this pipeline is necessary.

There is evidence that is no gas shortage in the Northeast,
there is no need for this pipeline, and  this gas will be exported overseas
via LNG export terminals in Canada.

This will make investors lots of money, but it is NOT justification
for the Federal Government to take private property.

6. Tree Clearing scheduled to being Feb 16th

Despite the fact that Constitution Pipeline Company will not be able to get
all permits necessary in time to begin construction this spring, we have reviewed
court filings  and other documents which indicates they plan on starting tree clearing
on Feb 16th.

The route includes approximately 860 acres of forested land / approximately
430,000 trees would be destroyed.

7. Incalculable and Permanent Harms

Each tree supports 10,000 other living things up the food chain.
The environmental impacts of the loss of this much forested land
and living biomass is incalculable. There could be 10,000 species
impacted. 4 billion living things could suffer death or forced displacement
due to this unnecessary and illegal act.

What can we do?

8. STP "Stop the Pipeline" is 100% focused on Administrative Remedies
The primary resistance group associated with this project is
called STP, or "Stop the Pipeline". This groups has a Steering Committee,
and is represented by legal volunteers from the Pace Law Clinic.

STP is 100% focused on the administrative remedies, and has done
and outstanding job.  Filing substantive comments on the docket,
and a lawsuit if necessary.

9. Administrative Remedies are almost NEVER effective
People should have a realistic expectation and not false hopes.

The fact is, mostly these projects are constructed while litigation is in progress.
The frackers and pipeline investors are laughing on the way to the bank.
Literally.

While we are hopeful for an intervention by the NYS DEC,
the US Army Corps, and/or Governor Cuomo, we must and
are preparing a backup plan. 

The Citizens of New York will not allow this
to happen without a fierce fight.


We are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to send in the
NYS State Police and the National Guard if necessary
along the pipeline route, which is approximately the I-88 corridor,
from Feb 16th to March 31 to protect the private property rights
of landowners,  protect our precious natural resources
against this illegal invasion and assault on our rights, in the name
of corporate profits, and to ENFORCE ALL LAWS.
We are demanding FERC, Williams Partners, and Cabot Oil and
Gas, WGL Holdings and Piedmont Gas
, d/b/a/ "Constitution Pipeline Company"
to CEASE AND DESIST these illegal acts, abuse of the federal courts,
and bullying of landowners.



LEGAL OBSERVER TRAINING
Local residents along the pipeline have reached out
to Energy Justice Network to have a community meeting
to discuss emergency measures and options to
PROTECT PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS and
to PROTECT NY FORESTS from this illegal trespass and
destruction of irreplaceable NY forests.

From now until mid March, there will be a series of trainings
held along the pipeline route to train people how to be
COMPLIANCE and SAFETY INSPECTORS.

This activity will be 100% legal,  done on public roads and on
private property with Landowner Permission. 

Interested landowners, concerned citizens, and protectors of the forest
are invited to attend the first training session, TOMORROW, Sunday Feb 8th, 2015

WHAT : Pipeline Construction Observer Training
WHO : Affected landowners and concerned residents, and trainers from Energy Justice
Network
WHEN : Sunday February 8, 1:30pm
WHERE : United Methodist Church 465 Main Street, Franklin, NY

Here is the official press release.

Please help share this information with your concerned friends and neighbors
along the route. and stay in contact.

Feel free to contact Alex (contact info below).
or contact me: William Huston, WilliamAHuston@gmail.com (email is best)
or call me at 607-321-7846 and leave a message (may take 1-2 days to return)



Media Advisory for Sunday, February 8

Contact:
Alex Lotorto
Shale Gas Program Coordinator

alex@energyjustice.net
570-281-2215


Landowners and Affected Residents to Hold Constitution Pipeline
Observer Training

Franklin, NY, Delaware County - On Sunday, 1:30PM at the Franklin United Methodist
Church, opponents of the Constitution Pipeline are holding an emergency meeting to learn
how to safely observe construction along the 124mile route.

The training will cover how to gain landowner permission to access private land, safety
considerations for observers near construction, and violations commonly spotted at pipeline
construction sites in Pennsylvania.

The training will be useful for anyone who is considering to be in proximity to the construction
right of way during operations for photography, monitoring, or protest. Similar monitoring
projects in Pennsylvania have been successful in mitigating wetland disturbance,
sedimentation, and other violations along pipeline routes.

Constitution Pipeline Co. is asking a federal judge to order eminent domain condemnation of
properties as early as February 16, when the company is seeking to begin tree cutting.

Although many regulatory hurdles still remain, including the NY Department of Environmental
Conservation and Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act permits, tree cutting may begin
earlier than expected to comply with the spring tree cutting deadline of March 31.

The training will be led by Energy Justice Network, a Pennsylvania-based
environmental justice organization that focuses on supporting communities impacted by polluting
infrastructure.

WHAT : Pipeline Construction Observer Training
WHO : Affected landowners and concerned residents, and trainers from Energy Justice
Network
WHEN : Sunday February 8, 1:30pm
WHERE : United Methodist Church 465 Main Street, Franklin, NY

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Examining PHMSA's Faulty PIR formula

(Note: I wrote these notes up thinking about the Spectra/Algonquin AIM pipeline, but I've been doing this PIR research for some time -- BH)

I have something to contribute here concerning
the abuses of the Potential Impact Radius (PIR) formula
used by PHMSA.

An a recent conference call, Richard Kuprewicz spoke eloquently
about how the PIR was never intended to be a prediction
of the Actual Impact Radius
(AIR), but was only a tool developed
to help assess the calculation of High Consequence Areas (HCA).

What I am working on is this:

Since the existing PIR formula is clearly wrong,
What is a better formula for predicting
the actual impact radius?


I examined 5 major gas pipeline accidents
where I was able to get these metrics:

1) diameter of the pipe
2) Max allowable operating pressure (MAOP)
3) Actual impact radius

In every case the predicted PIR was short of the actual impact radius,
sometimes by a long shot.  Sometimes by a factor of 2x predicted.

I grabbed this stock diagram plotting the existing (broken) formula's prediction as a function of diameter and pressure:


Here's my version showing what I found in the data. The arrow going up shows the actual radius of impact vs. predicted down on the line.

The longer the arrow, the farther off the actual (measured) was from predicted.

So you can see that Carlsbad and Sissonville, while the AIR
was found to be over the PIR, it was not by much. ~20%.

But as you can see, Appomattox, San Bruno,
and Cleburne were significantly over, by ~200% or more.

I'm not sure how to explain this. I'm normally good at curve fitting.
I think there may be 2 missing terms.




Bottom Line for the AIM:

In my opinion, to properly assess the risk of a potential castrophic incident at Indian Point in relation to the new 42" pipeline, we must use an accurate PIR formula tuned to real-world data. This should be a top priority of PHMSA.

A good estimate for the Actual Impact Radius for AIM, a 42" 800 psig MAOP pipeline in a dense urban area could easily be 2,500 ft., whereas the calcuated PIR would be about 825 ft. using the existing formula.


I say this because I feel the most important factors
are "pipeline diameter" and also "dense urban area".
This last term is absent in the present PIR formula.

The existing PIR formula is
0.69 * SQRT(Max Allowable Operating Pressure) * Diameter

Sometimes they write that to make it look like D is a squared term.
I think it should be!

Remember, the area of a circle is Pi * R SQUARED,.

Where is the squared term for R (or D) in the PIR formula?
Which grows exponentially as the radius of the pipeline grows?
 
Also, IMO San Bruno may have gotten bonus points (feet added) for being  a "dense urban area". Sissonville and Carlsbad maybe should get demerits (feet deducted) due to terrain issues: speculative-- 

"Dense Urban Area" should be reflected in the PIR, although I'm not sure I can say how without a larger dataset.

Here is a map I derived from one generate by someone in the SAPE group:

The inner yellow band here is the predicted PIR.
The black line is from Cleburne TX (36" vs 42").
The outer pink is a better indication (IMO) for a potential impact radius.

Take it to 2,500 ft in those neighborhoods to the south.



 
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May you, and all beings
be happy and free from suffering :)
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the Constitution Pipeline: