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Rural gas gathering pipelines kindle concerns about safety laws
From: TribLive News | Mike Wereschagin | December 27, 2014
An estimated 230,000 miles of natural gas pipelines across the United States — some of them among the largest and highest-pressure pipes in use — are not covered by state and federal pipeline safety laws, a Tribune-Review investigation found.
Known as gathering lines, they usually take natural gas from rural well pads to processing plants, where other byproducts such as butane are removed and the rotten egg smell that warns you of a gas leak is added.
Pennsylvania has 20,000 miles of unregulated gathering lines. Once thought to be too small to worry about, nearly 6,000 miles of the lines in the state were laid during the Marcellus shale boom, when new drilling practices dramatically increased their size and pressure.
Federal laws governing pipeline safety, construction materials, inspections and record-keeping apply to just 10 percent of the nation’s gathering lines, according to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.
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Local Officials Must Enforce Fencing for Safety During Pipeline Construction
With the proposed MVP pipeline planned to run through neighborhoods and business area, EQT/Nextera representatives admitted publicly that there will be no one patrolling or guarding the pipeline 24-7 during construction. To them it is just an open pit with a 10 foot gulley for the pipe, where they plan to leave the pipes and their equipment even in off hours. FERC and local government must require that a 10 foot high construction chain link fence is installed on each side of the proposed corridor for at least 1 mile in each direction and on both sides, beyond the immediate work zone.
If there are multiple work sites, then it must be required at each work site. Whatever kind of purported power these pipeline operators have to ruin peoples’ lives otherwise, be assured that EQT/Nextera most definitely will be held accountable in court for negligence in the event of accidents and injuries to innocent victims, if generally accepted building construction practices are not required of them during construction. This condition needs to be required as part of the “Convenience” part of the permitting process and enforced by FERC and also local building inspectors. It must also be required that subcontractors adhered to following the permitting process.
What happens when deer and bear come across the pipelines while it is under construction? These bears can weigh 300 pounds or more. We’ve seen them up close and personal in this area. What happens when they damage the outer coatings while the pipes are laying around waiting for installation or if they shift the very sensitive alignment of these pipes while under construction?
Metal chain link fencing is one of the basic building construction safety requirements. Plastic mesh fencing will not work, as even on our property the deer just plow through it like it was paper. We citizens can put “No Trespassing” signs up on our properties, but we’ve been told that these have no binding power to keep EQT/Nextra representatives off. Then likewise EQT/Nextra cannot avoid their public responsibilities and expect citizens to stay off their proposed pipeline pit by merely putting up a No Trespassing signs.
Do not fall victim to any potential cries of increased cost as a result of a fence requirement. Public safety cannot be jeopardized or drowned out during any proposed construction, against the cry of cutting corners to save money. For this and any proposed pipelines for safety sake FERC must require and enforce the installation of 10 foot chain link fence along and beyond active the work zones.