Public Sounding off on Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline Project

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The public is sounding off on a controversial natural gas pipeline project, and there is still time to have your say.

The federal government has already approved the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, but the state needs to sign off on a few things before construction starts.

The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline is designed to get natural gas from the fields to the people and industries that will use it. It would run 200 miles through 10 Pennsylvania counties, including several in our area.

In Lancaster Monday night, the Department of Environmental Protection heard both sides.

Kevin Shivers from the National Federation of Independent Business believes the pipeline will boost the economy and add jobs.  He said, "Small businesses and workers stand ready to assist in its development. We have the best hard-working workers in our state who are ready to aid this project."

Others are concerned the pipeline's construction will wreck the environment, and it will be even worse if there's an accident.

"Anything that is native is being desecrated. The earth is being desecrated. If we don't have Mother Earth, we have nothing and we need Mother Earth to exist. Mother Earth does not need us," said Julia Garcia, a pipeline opponent.

Many of the people who spoke Monday night believed the state will rubber stamp the project, without listening to what they have to say.

The DEP denies the allegations.

The next and last public meeting here in our area, is Tuesday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bloomsburg High School.

The state will also take written comments through June 26th.


  • BeenThere

    Back in the 1980s when there was a glut of natural gas in Colorado and no pipeline to ship it out of state, small gas companies were formed to lay lines locally to serve residential homes. In the Monument area, most homes are on 2 to 5 acre lots, so the density was rather low, yet there was still enough profit to entice companies to lay the lines. Homes formerly heated with propane could now be heated with natural gas for one fourth of the cost. Why don’t we require that here? Why not take care of our citizenry first? America first, right?

  • Captainkane

    I heard that Jack Rich plant that turns waste coal into jet fuel is doing well. Frackville is thriving with fuel plants and distribution centers.

  • typical liberal dope

    I’m tired of these self-righteous environmentalists, these white bourgeoise liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren’t enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalist don’t give a shit about the planet, they don’t care about the planet, not in the abstract they don’t. You know what they’re interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They’re worried that someday in the future they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn’t impress me. Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The people are screwed…big difference. The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doin’ great! It’s been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We’ve been here, what? A hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand and we’ve only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the conceit to think that somehow we’re a threat? That somehow we’re gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that’s just a floatin’ around the sun? The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sunspots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles, hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids, and meteors, world-wide floods, tidal waves, world-wide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages, and we think another pipline is going to make a difference?

    • E

      Ha ha ha! Wow. You have absolutely NO education whatsoever. Look up the term oversimplification. “It’s simple arithmetic” ha ha ha! Yes environmentalists don’t care about you, why would they? The world’s in concern for you, your area and people like you is to exploit them. And that is correct. Oh and by the way super genius all the natural disasters that you cite as planetary hazards, such as floods tidal waves etc. are naturally occuring planetary cycles that the earth has NATURAL defenses to combat. For example the ocean dwelling organism that consumes raw petroleum that is spilled, HOWEVER there is no organism to combat refined chemicals that the earth would never naturally create. You clearly have what is called a coffee shop education. That is where uneducated redneck trash gathers to, in their mind, solve the world’s problems. Ha ha ha! Yep the people of NEPA have the entire world figured out, except how to rise out of poverty and not be poor white trash alcoholics. Ha ha ha!

  • former resident

    Is it not insane that they fracked the place and yet we have no natural gas to heat our homes? Forced to use bloated over priced oil, electric, or coal. You know how hard to pay for these is? Gas is cheap,and clean. There is no big old buffalo in your cellar any more holding expensive oil. It’s done. The gas is being sold to China and they benefit. It is time the PA consumer benefits as well. Grow up people.

    • McCracken

      False. There are 800+ MW has-fired, combine cycle plants in Wysox and Montgomery. They’re building an 1,000 MW plant, in Shamokin Dam, and a 1,500 MW plant, in Jessup. Rates will be coming down.

    • make up your mind - chinese or the russians?

      So how does installing connector pipelines between existing lines within the state benefit the Chinese again? Get over it – it’s a done deal – stop your whining and get on with life. Nobody likes a complainer.

  • warning fake news

    Who made it controversial, WNEP? Or is it just that way because you say it is? Nice hype.

    • Jay

      Everyone can argue ad nauseum about the environment issues, but for every single property owner who is having a portion of their private property appropriated into a utility easement via a highly questionable use of Eminent Domain, it is extremely controversial. I am not one of those people, but if I was I would be pretty peeved if the government was allowing a private corporation to trench my property, tell me there was a swath of property I could never plant trees on, and installing infrastructure that would forever adversely affect my property valuation.

  • Bea Freer

    WNEP could have done a better job of at least providing the public with the info of where to send in written comments. Cotnact the Wilkes-Barre DEP/Northeast office for info. Or try the DEP Newsroom at 717-787-1323.

  • McCracken

    PA voted for Trump. You’re getting what you voted for; jobs and a pro-fossil fuel agenda. It’s not like he wasn’t abundantly clear about his plans. PA spoke with their votes…

  • Bea Freer

    The meeting was stacked with Transco robots and union workers who think the Atlantic Sunrise will provide (temporary and low-paying) jobs. They haven’t been able to think beyond the script Transco handed them to realize once our air, water and earth are destroyed we all LOSE. The only benefit is the profit lining Transco’s profits — $1 million/DAY all the while they have stolen landowners properties. Let’s face it — PA-DEP controlled by our greedy, gas loving Governor Wolf will rubber-stamp this project as did FERC. Forget about the people. Forget about the environment. Forget about the beauty and natural resources of Pennsylvania.

    • JohnKimball

      All constructions jobs are, by nature, temporary. You construct something, and you move on to the next job. So that’s kind of a specious argument. And as far as the environment is concerned, what would you rather whine about? A safe, state-of-the-art pipeline built to EPA standards, or a never-ending stream of hundreds of trucks or train cars using fossil fuels to haul the gas from one place to another?

  • 9 Volt

    If “Mother Earth does not need us”, then what difference does it make if they put in the pipeline?

  • Roy

    I have news for Miss Garcia and others like her. Mother Earth does NOT exist! My Father GOD created these resources for our use. I would like to ask her how she heats her house, cooks her food, has fuel to drive a vehicle, have things made with resource materials like plastic, etc. How do you suppose these resources get there? Then need pipelines or trucks. So why would she oppose this? To get CLEAN burning Natural Gas apart from pipelines to a destination would take thousands of trucks delivering it which potentially creates a flammable hazard on our roads. Pipelines are much safer. The fact that Pennsylvania is rich in natural gas deposits means it needs to get to the people somehow. Other than pipelines, trucks are the only other alternative.

    • James

      I have news for you too, there are much safer alternatives that would create real jobs not just localized temporary jobs. I know education is taboo in the US but give it a shot anyway

      • McCracken

        I’ll bite; what alternative do you have that provides the amount of energy that natural gas does, at the same low cost?

      • Real American

        Sure as heck isn’t those “green” energy’s. they are not cost effective, destroy more land and provide next to nothing in jobs.

      • and they are...

        Let’s hear about your safer alternative energies that are readily available, sustainable, and capable of powering thousands of households and businesses. We’ll wait.

      • no joking matter

        There will come a day when you will stand before the God you mock. If you do not repent and turn to God, He will say He never knew you and cast you aside. Be careful with your words.

  • M Torch

    With such a story, wouldn’t it be helpful to show a map of where this pipeline is going and then maybe a phone number to call or an address to mail a letter? Or is it better just to get people upset enough to go to the meeting and be uninformed zealots?

    • Bea Freer

      The media doesn’t do thorough reporting anymore like just the facts of who/what/when/where/why. Agreed. They should have provided a phone # or address for where to send comments. In the meantime, the DEP News room phone # is 717-787-1323. Otherwise, you need to get the address for the Wilkes-Barre/Northeast office.

  • john williams

    Hey Joe Public- i have a hundred spot that says this project will be starting shortly. It’s approved by the tax hungry FED! Youre being given lip service. They haven’t listened to you since 2008, what makes you think they are going to listen now???????

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