Target: Cheryl A. LaFleur, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Goal: Protect family-owned farms and natural land preserves from an invasive gas pipeline
Nature preserves and generations of family farms are threatened by a gas pipeline proposed by the Williams Gas Company. Known as the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline, this pipeline is designed to increase gas flow to the eastern seaboard with only detrimental effects to the communities it passes through on the way. Call for an end to construction plans and protect the natural beauty of Lancaster County.
The pipeline will span 178 miles through northeastern Pennsylvania, with 35 of those miles in Lancaster County. The pipeline interferes with the traditional Amish community that makes its home their, and the tourism that helps them sustain their unique way of life. Known as the Garden Spot of America, this county boasts rich soil and exceptional homemade goods. Williams will reap the benefits while these citizens bear the burden. This line merely serves as a shortcut between two already existing pipelines. As part of a larger project by this gas company, the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline threatens the preserved land of Steinman Run in Lancaster County.
The proposal is in the early stages of approval. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) must evaluate the environmental impact before construction begins. Just construction alone will impact the area by clear cutting to insert the 42-inch-wide pipe six feet into the ground. Once the line is put in place, the danger of a leak threatens the area. According to the Wall Street Journal, 1,400 pipeline spills and mishaps occurred in the U.S. from 2010 to 2013. No area with a pipeline is immune to environmental damage.
Help protect northeastern Pennsylvania from the construction of this damaging pipeline. With the gas company able to use the law of ‘eminent domain,’ local landowners might have no say in what happens to their homes and farms, and natural areas will suffer. By signing this petition, you are urging the Chairman of the FERC to deny the approval of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline to protect Pennsylvania homes, farms, and natural areas.
Dear Chairman LaFleur,
The Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline project, a proposal by the Williams Gas Company, threatens homes, farms, and natural lands in northeastern Pennsylvania, including the popular Lancaster County. The pipeline will not benefit the citizens of Pennsylvania. They should not have to bear the burden of its damaging effects for the monetary gain of Williams. The pipeline simply creates a shortcut for the company while the citizens get the short end of the stick.
With 1,400 pipeline gas spill incidents from 2010 to 2013, the land in question for the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline is not guaranteed immunity from damage. Please take action to protect generations of landowners from home displacement as well as the native land from clear cutting and contamination.
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