Feds Overlook Environmental Impacts of Controversial Pipeline Project

For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Hannah Chang, Earthjustice, (212) 791-1881, ext. 233
Kathleen Sutcliffe, Earthjustice, (202) 384-7157

Feds Overlook Environmental Impacts of Controversial Pipeline Project

Groups call for thorough review of pipeline through Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON - In an environmental assessment issued today by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the agency tried to make the case that a 39-mile pipeline project that would slice through the Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania and tear up almost 600 acres of land would have ‘no significant impact’ on the environment.

The announcement comes one day after local business owners and residents kicked off the start of the summer tourist season with a ‘Picnics, Not Pipelines’ event and a plea to local, state, and federal officials to preserve the region’s scenic beauty and way of life in the face of the proposed gas pipeline project.

The Central New York Oil and Gas Company wants to install an industrial gas pipeline that would replace wooded mountains and pastoral landscapes with 39 miles of pipeline, additional miles of lateral gathering lines, access roads, massive compressor units, filter separators, gas coolers and other industrial machinery. Click here (PDF) for a map of the proposed pipeline route.

For generations, visitors have flocked to the Endless Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania to enjoy the region’s river gateways, rolling hills, family farms, river towns, historic districts and quaint rural villages -- helping to feed the state’s $26-billion-a-year tourism industry.

FERC’s announcement today signals that the agency does not plan to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, a more thorough and comprehensive review. The public has until June 27 to submit comments on FERC’s assessment.
Groups, including Earthjustice, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Coalition for Responsible Growth & Resource Conservation believe that an Environmental Impact Statement is necessary and should take into account the effect not only of the pipeline itself, but the additional gas drilling the pipeline will spur.
A map showing the proposed pipeline route is available here: http://earthjustice.org/documents/map/pdf/map-of-proposed-marc-i-line

The following is a statement from Earthjustice Associate Attorney Hannah Chang:
“This region of the country is already struggling to cope with an explosive rate of gas drilling and an outbreak of industrial accidents and pollution related to rushed and irresponsible development. If it proceeds as planned, this pipeline project will only make matters worse. State and local officials in Pennsylvania have allowed Marcellus shale gas development and infrastructure construction to proceed without any comprehensive environmental analysis. Quite simply, this approach has produced disastrous results. Federal officials need to step in, take a look at the big picture, and take the time to review this project thoroughly. Too much is at stake.”



Independent media has become the last firewall against government and corporate lies.   Yet, with frightening regularity, independent media sources are losing funding, closing down or being blacked out by Google and Facebook.  Never before has independent media been more endangered.  If you believe in Common Dreams, if you believe in people-powered independent media, please support our critical Winter campaign now and help us fight—with truths—against the lies that would smother our democracy. Please help keep Common Dreams alive and growing.

Support Common DreamsSupport Common Dreams

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations, coalitions and communities.

Share This Article

More in: