Thursday, November 28, 2013

Obama Approves Major Border-Crossing Fracked Gas Pipeline Used to Dilute Tar Sands

Although TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has received the lion's share of media attention, another key border-crossing pipeline benefitting tar sands producers was approved on November 19 by the U.S. State Department.

Enter Cochin, Kinder Morgan's 1,900-mile proposed pipeline to transport gas produced via the controversial hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") of the Eagle Ford Shale basin in Texas north through Kankakee, Illinois, and eventually into Alberta, Canada, the home of the tar sands.  Read more.

Larue County Landowners Selling Out for $10.00 Per Foot?

We've learned through public records that Larue County landowners are selling out for Bluegrass hazardous liquids pipeline easements at $10.00 per linear foot.  Inquiring minds want to know what kinds of off-the-records "bonuses" are being paid to the landowners and politicians.

Hardin County Sells Out for the Price of a Used Car

Hardin County officials have never been receptive to our efforts to provide them with information on the Bluegrass hazardous liquids pipeline, so it is not surprising that they've sold out.  The Hardin Fiscal Court has granted easement access to public property.  The company will cross 151 feet of the publicly owned Taylors Bend Park. The payment for the easement is about the cost of a used car - $8,070.  Ironically, the county also approved $1,000,000.00 in debt obligations to purchase five new ambulances.  Some quick, basic math shows this doesn't make financial sense.  Okay, maybe they really needed the ambulances...but the timing is interesting, isn't it? Take a look at the location of Taylors Bend Park:

Taylors Bend is very near the heart of Elizabethtown between I-65 and the Bluegrass Parkway.  The area is densely populated, and both roadways are major traffic corridors.  Read the article.

Tilting at Gas Wells: What's the Best Way to Defend Your Community From Fracking?

What kind of community fracking bans make sense?  Federal and state governments largely have embraced the oil-and-gas boom sparked by hydraulic fracturing. Fracking is a key part of Obama's "all of the above" energy strategy. States such as Texas have long touted its economic benefits, while the candidates for governor in Pennsylvania have moved the debate past the question of whether to frack to the question of how to make the most money from it.  Read more...

Happy Thanksgiving - Don't Stomach Pipelines for Export

Here's a little video I hope you will enjoy for Thanksgiving.  While it is about the Keystone Pipeline and not the Bluegrass hazardous liquids pipeline, the message is the same.  Ultimately, these pipelines pose a great deal of long-term risk with questionable benefits.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Few Pipeline Spills Detected by "State of the Art" Sensors

Few Oil Pipeline Spills Detected by Much-Touted Sensors

Oil Pipeline Spills Go Undetected by Much-Touted Sensors
Oil seeps through a boom on the Kentucky River after an oil spill in 2005. Between 2002 and July 2012, remote sensors detected only 5 percent of the nation's pipeline spills. Photograph by Mike Simons/Getty Images -- For years, TransCanada, the Canadian company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline, has assured the project's opponents that the line will be equipped with sensors that can quickly detect oil spills.
In recent newspaper ads in Nebraska, for instance, TransCanada promised that the pipeline will be "monitored through a state-of-the-art oil control center 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 21,000 sensors along the pipeline route relay information via satellite to the control center every five seconds."
Other companies make similar claims about their remote sensing technology, sometimes promising they can detect and isolate large spills within minutes.
But an InsideClimate News examination of 10 years of federal data shows that leak detection systems do not provide as much protection as the public has been led to believe.  Read More....

US Pipeline Conversions, Gas Flow Reversals Raise Safety Concerns

The proposed Bluegrass hazardous liquids pipeline was discussed at the recent Pipeline Safety Trust Conference in New Orleans.  Pipeline safety experts are concerned about safety of "re-purposing" old, obsolete pipelines that were not made to accommodate the high-pressure, high-volume hazardous liquids. Richard Kuprewicz, president of pipeline safety consultant Accufacts comments on the problem.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just in...If You've Signed an Easement Agreement (Or if You Are Considering It) Read On

Preliminary reports from land owners indicate that there are substantial differences in amounts being offered by the Bluegrass hazardous liquids pipeline for easements.  Landowners have reported to us that some have been offered figures as low as $20.00 per linear foot.  Other landowners have been offered as much as $100.00 per linear foot. Further, landowners at the high end of this range have reported that when they showed continued reluctance to accept $100 per linear foot, representatives indicated there was still an opportunity to negotiate for a higher rate.  Specifically, according to reports, it appears that amounts offered in Anderson County have been lower than elsewhere.

Also worthy to note...some landowners have reported that representatives told them that a second pipeline is being planned to lie parallel to the currently proposed pipeline.  The future pipeline would be built in five years.  It would also require an additional easement of at least 25 feet.

Thunderstruck...Or Bob Does the Math...Again

By Bob Pekny                                                                                                   11/20/2013

My wife (Deb) and I were recently interviewed by Fox 41, WDRB.   It was very nicely edited and aired on Friday, 11/15/2013.

On Tuesday, 11/19/2013, Bill Lawson, a representative of the Williams Company was interviewed as what I guess was a rebuttal. He tried to downplay our fear of how dangerous a pipeline explosion would be by saying that some studies have shown that being struck by lightning was more likely. Well, being struck by lightning is nothing to take lightly (pun intended). We spent a large part of our lives as boaters, and can tell you that if you are out of sight of land on a small sailboat in a wild thunderstorm, you don’t ignore lightning.

Anyway, I decided to look at how pipeline safety compares to being struck by lightning. Based on NOAA statistics, over the last 20 years, an average of 51 people per year are killed by lightning.

According to an interesting report, “ America’s Dangerous Pipelines,” there have been 512 deaths due to pipeline incidents since 1986; this is an average of 19 deaths per year.

So, is Mr. Lawson’s comment that compares the dangers of a pipeline explosion to being struck by lightning accurate? Let’s look at the numbers a little more closely.

Current Population of the United States:  315,000,000 NOAA reports 51 fatalities per year due to lightning strikes.

315,000,000 divided by 51 is 1 fatality per 6,176,470 people per year.

It is important to realize that everyone in the U.S. is exposed to thunderstorms, certainly some more than others. Even Colorado got hammered by monster storms just recently. But NOT everyone is exposed to the potential of pipeline explosions. The population exposed to pipeline explosions is a much smaller one.

Pipeline explosions probably don’t cause fatalities for those living more than  ½  mile from the pipeline. I tried to come up with a rough estimate of how many people live within ½ mile of a major pipeline. I can’t find any hard data, but it appears to be less than 5% of the population. As a starting point for this analysis lets use 5%.

5% of 315,000,000  is 15,750,000  people living within ½ mile of a major pipeline.  15,750,000  divided by 19 fatalities per year is 1 fatality per 828,947 people.

What we have to compare is two different populations:  the entire population of the U.S. for lightning fatalities and the much smaller population of those of us who live (or will live) close to pipelines and the potential of pipeline related fatalities.

Simple division:  6,176,470 divided by 828,947  is 7.45


 Imagine the stress of being caught out in an open field with a nasty thunderstorm bearing down on you, lightning crashing all around you….. Now imagine that stress multiplied 7 1/2 times and continuing 24/7 for the rest of your life. That is what it will be like for those living close to this pipeline.

Pipelines ARE dangerous. There are hundreds of leaks and explosions every year. Not just the old pipelines; the newly-built Keystone pipeline in Canada had over a dozen leaks in its first year of operation. A simple Google search for pipeline explosions is shocking.

The fancy 24/7 monitoring touted by the pipeline companies MISSES 19 out of 20 leaks. This has been well reported in several news sources.

This proposed pipeline is coming very close to hundreds, maybe thousands, of people. And they won’t have a choice about it. Everyone should to be very worried. Are we angry?  OH YEAH!!!

My thanks to Bill Lawson of the Williams Company for sparking this new idea, for another way of expressing how profoundly dangerous this pipeline is.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Frankfort State Journal Letter to the Editor - Dangers of Fracking

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Frankfort State Journal:

Perhaps you aren’t aware of the dangers of fracking. How drilling deep into the earth’s crust and injecting water to “erupt” substances from the rock strata to get at natural gas brings up many additional toxic materials. Maybe you don’t know there is evidence fracking causes underground instability and may cause damaging localized earthquakes.

Perhaps you don’t realize the toxic materials exuded from the earth by fracking have to be disposed somewhere and because the volume of these waste liquids is so great, there are no on-site disposal processes so these dangerous fluids have to be transported somewhere else — often to the Gulf of Mexico by pipeline.

Perhaps you don’t realize pipeline companies are trying to strong-arm Kentuckians and local officials and ram through our state a pipeline carrying horrible fracking pollution liquids — hundreds of thousands of gallons.

You may not know the Williams/Bluegrass pollution pipeline is intended to cross the Kentucky River in the vicinity of the confluence of Franklin, Anderson and Woodford counties. This pipeline, carrying nasty toxic liquids, is proposed to intersect with our region’s drinking water source immediately upriver from the water intakes for Frankfort, Lexington and other surrounding communities.

I trust everyone understands how important clean drinking water is to every human, animal and plant. It’s a fact: we have to have clean water — or else we will die. Do not let fracking liquids pipelines through our state and through our drinking water. Kentuckians should not have to suffer the devastating consequences of fracking activities with these toxic liquids polluting our drinking water and the environment.

Fracking is a bad practice and should not be permitted. Pipelines carrying fracking pollution should not be allowed through our countryside. Remember, they’re not making more land these days — protect what we have!

All Lines Can Break

The following letter to the editor was featured in the Kentucky Standard, a Bardstown newspaper:

To the editor:
When a water line break recently occurred, I was reminded that all lines break at some point.  This includes the Bluegrass Pipeline, which will run approximately two miles from our home. Before signing contracts, homeowners should ask:

  • Will my property value decrease?
  • Will the 50 feet right-of-way plus additional 50 feet for work space, influence my use of the land?
  • When a problem occurs, who will respond, and how long will it take?
Williams has had multiple violations, including an incident involving a pipeline in Colorado. A leak started last December and wasn’t detected until January. Cleanup wasn’t started until March when benzene, a cancer-causing agent, was detected in nearly 180,000 gallons of contaminated groundwater.

Per a Williams spokesman, unless the leaking gas or oil comes “up to the surface, or a pipeline lost pressure, there’s no other way to my knowledge to know if there’s a leak.”
Is our limestone rock that dissolves into underground caves and sinkholes a stable foundation for a pipeline?

Our groundwater will be vulnerable to contamination.
Will the pumps that move the liquid in the pipeline be near my home?  
Am I concerned about Williams’ safety record? Visit this link to see a list of their safety violations.

  • Has my property ever been surveyed without permission?
  • Is there a conflict of interest with our governor’s son working for the law firm that represents Williams? Where does the Nelson County Fiscal Court stand?
  • Why can’t refineries be built near drilling sites?
  • When a break occurs, what will the implications be for my family, neighbors, community and state?
Sr. Marie Visse of the Sisters of Loretto said, “This is just short-term money that has very dangerous potential long-term consequences.” Watch “Promised Land” with Matt Damon. This movie gives insight into how some of these companies operate.

Pendleton County Bluegrass Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Meeting

Anti-Pipeline Meeting Scheduled Williamsburg, Ohio

While the project is progressing, an anti-pipeline community meeting about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline is scheduled this week for landowners and concerned citizens.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Williamsburg Community Center, located 107 W. Main Street in Williamsburg, and will feature guest speakers Alison Auciello, from Ohio Food and Water Watch, as well as environmental and regulatory expert James O'Reilly, of the University of Cincinnati Colleges of Medicine and Law.

"I'm going to be covering the danger of pipelines, the particular problems that Williams has had with their safety record and generally why residents there would not want the pipeline coming through their land," Auciello said. "Mr. O'Reilly is going to cover the legal issues surrounding it and how landowners can protect themsevles from the pipeline coming through their land."  Read more...

WDRB Features Woodford County Residents in Pipeline Interview

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Worry and even fear continue over the plans to build a pipeline through parts of central Kentucky.

Bob and Deb Pekny live in a peaceful and remote area of Woodford County along the Kentucky River, about five miles upstream from the Kentucky State Capitol building.
But they are afraid that their peace and quiet will someday be disturbed.  "To have something this dangerous come to the neighborhood is mind blowing, I don't know how this can happen," says Bob Pekny.

The couple is concerned about the plans to build a 150 mile pipeline through the state that will run just a half mile down the road from where they live.
The pipeline will carry natural gas liquids.

"If there is an explosion," says Bob Pekny, "there is an excellent chance that this entire community down here on the river will be destroyed."

Last week Bob attended a rally at the state Capitol building in Frankfort opposing the pipeline.  But Debi Pekny stayed away.  "I have not slept through the night since this whole mess started," she says.  Read more and watch this stirring interview with the Peknys.

Bluegrass Hazardous Liquids Pipeline Bust

Local Farm Bureaus Host Pipeline Informational Meeting

Landowners invited to learn more about proposed Bluegrass Pipeline
(Perry Township, Ohio) -  Brown, Clermont and Highland County Farm Bureaus along with Brown, Clermont and Highland Soil and Water Conservation Districts invite the public to an informational meeting about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline on November 26th at 6 p.m. at the Perry Township Hall, located at 3854 US 50, Fayetteville.
Guest speakers include Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Energy Policy, and an Ohio Department of Natural Resources Spokesperson.  Copies of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Pipeline Standard and Construction Specifications will be available to all landowners.  This is an informational meeting for those who want to learn more about the pipeline or if you have been approached about easements.  For more information contact your local soil and water office or the Farm Bureau office at 937-378-2212.
Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District: 1000 Locust Street P.O. Box 549 Owensville, OH 45160

Tell Interior Secretary Jewell to Close the Halliburton Loophole

Recently, when Department of the Interior Secretary Jewell was asked if the administration supports a bill to close Dick Cheney's infamous Halliburton Loophole, which exempts fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act and parts of other critical environmental laws, she said she wasn't "intimately familiar" with the loophole.
Tell Secretary Jewell: The "Halliburton Loophole" fracking exemption is a major threat to our health and safety.  Sign the petition here.

Anderson County Public Meeting with Pipeline Reps December 16th

A meeting with the Bluegrass hazardous liquids pipeline has been scheduled for December 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm at:

Anderson County Extension Office
1026 County Park Rd
Lawrenceburg, KY 40342

The county judge wants a few speakers with questions and for it to be a civil meeting.  We encourage concerned citizens from Anderson and neighboring counties are urged to attend.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Pipeline explosion in Ellis County

MILFORD — Officials in Milford said residents will likely have to wait until late Friday night before they can return home following a gas pipeline explosion Thursday morning south of the town in Ellis County. Read on...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Williams Company Mailer - "Safety Is Priority One"

When the Williams Company (AKA Bluegrass Pipeline, LLC) first started sending out slick mailers, they were just a little bigger than a post card. Seems like we get one of these in the mail every couple of weeks, and they keep getting bigger and bigger in size along with the lies.  The most recent mailer declares, "Safety Is Priority One."  To that, we simply say the company's history, tactics, and practices say otherwise.  First, there's that troublesome safety record.  Second, there's that little matter of the company planning their route and trying to acquire easements before the Corps of Engineers approves the project.  There's that blatant disregard of Kentucky's unstable geology and the fact that they want to cross under the Ohio and Kentucky rivers, adding yet another hazardous liquids threat to the water supply of millions of people.  There's the matter of using cheaper pipe with a lateral weld as opposed to the seamless pipe (which is more expensive).  I could go on and on, but instead, I'll share this video that says much more than I can about what this company is all about.

TransCanada Has Already Had To Fix 125 Dents And Sags In Southern Keystone Pipeline

In related pipeline news (you can't make this stuff up...) TransCanada Has Already Had To Fix 125 Dents And Sags In Southern Keystone Pipeline!

Synthetic crude oil hasn’t yet entered the southern segment of the Keystone XL pipeline, but a report released Tuesday by non-profit consumer rights group Public Citizen says the pipes are already bending, sagging and peeling to the point of a possible spill or leakage of toxic tar sands.
Drawing on the accounts of landowners, citizens and former workers of TransCanada, the report documents alleged construction problems and engineering code violations along the Texas portion of the pipeline, proved by what the group says is a staggering amount of excavations to correct dents and patch holes. Public Citizen is calling on the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration to review TransCanada’s construction quality assurance records for possible federal violations, and perform a complete re-testing of the pipeline to see if the repairs work.

Two Proposed Hazardous Liquids Pipelines Threaten Kentucky

It’s open season for hunting Kentucky deer—and apparently for Kentucky pipelines as well.
Right now, there are two proposed pipelines that would carry natural gas liquids through Kentucky. One of these is the Bluegrass Pipeline, a joint venture between Williams and Boardwalk Partners. The proposal involves 500 miles of new construction through Kentucky and Ohio to carry [hazardous liquids] hydrocarbons from drilling (materials like ethane, butane and propane) to processing plants on the Gulf of Mexico.  Read more of this article.

The Kinder Morgan MarkWest joint venture would repurpose 900 miles of Kinder Morgan's existing Tennessee Gas Transmission Natural Gas Line and construct 200 miles of new pipeline in Louisiana and Texas to carry NGL's from PA, Ohio and WV to the Gulf of Mexico.  This 26" natural gas line was originally commissioned in 1946.  You can see the path of the existing Kinder Morgan/MarkWest pipeline here.  [Editorial comment: This looks like another one of those accidents waiting to happen scenarios. MarkWest, if you recall, built a pipeline that recently broke in a West Virginia landslide.]

"...The Bluegrass Pipeline was announced first. But in a recent earnings call, MarkWest CEO Frank Semple told analysts that he only thinks there’s room for one pipeline..

.....The Kinder Morgan/MarkWest project] absolutely competes with Bluegrass,” he said. “If you look at the volume projections out of the Utica and Marcellus, and clearly there’s a lot of variability in those forecasts, over the course of the next five years, you would expect that if there is a need for transporting the C2+ Y grade to the Gulf Coast, there’s probably only enough volume to support one of those two projects.”

Massive Natural Gas Pipeline Explodes In Texas Town, Causing Evacuation Of 800 Residents

A massive explosion of a 10-inch Chevron natural gas pipeline near a drilling rig in Milford, Texas, led the company to ask law enforcement to evacuate the entire town on Thursday. Milford, in rural Ellis County, is about halfway between Dallas and Waco. The cause is still unknown, and the fire is expected to rage for another day.

Worthy of note is the fact that the Chevron line is only a 10 inch line, while the proposed Bluegrass Hazardous Liquids Pipeline would be more than twice that size.  Further, the hazardous liquids pipeline would carry a toxic mix of volatile NGLs NOT natural gas.  Read more.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Corporate Eminent Domain Abuse Is a Rampant Threat to ALL Americans; Government Sits Idle

A landowner fighting for his rights in Texas against the Keystone XL Pipeline. His battle reflects our own.

It's the kind of grassroots legal battle that sparked the interest of a Bloomberg Businessweek reporter who called Bishop late last night. It's not every day a small East Texas landowner wins a legal step against the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the agency responsible for permitting the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, the same pipeline that now runs through Bishop's 20 acres.

"This case is important.It's critical because I'm representing landowners that are victims of eminent domain abuse," Bishop said. "This pendulum has swung way too far."

Bluegrass Pipeline gets easements in Nelson, LaRue

The companies seeking to run a pipeline through Nelson County have secured [only]12 easements as of this week, according to papers filed with the Nelson County Clerk’s Office.

Twelve deeds filed Thursday show the companies looking to run the natural gas liquids pipeline paid out $161,128 to Nelson County property owners.

The easements run along the county’s eastern border, ranging from the Bloomfield area down to New Haven. Landowners received between $6,500 and $19,540 for granting permanent 50-foot wide easements across their properties.  Read the full article here.

[The company will have a temporary 100 foot wide construction easement initially to allow heavy equipment and trucking access.  Landowners should be aware that soil compaction may be a problem for a 100 foot wide swath of land across their properties. Soil compaction can cause difficulty with future plant growth, erosion, runoff of water, and difficulty with water absorption.  Compaction may require remediation techniques to restore productivity, reduce erosion, and restore soil to its natural state.]

BG Pipeline Opposition Due to Kentucky History an Companies

To say the rollout of the Bluegrass Pipeline was bungled in Nelson County is an understatement.

In June, officials from the companies looking to construct the natural gas liquids pipeline through 13 counties in Kentucky, including Nelson, attended a public meeting organized by Nelson County Fiscal Court.

The local interest in the project was apparent by the number of people who attended looking for answers to their questions. Unfortunately, even the representatives who showed up admitted they were lacking in useful information.  Read more.

A Realtor’s Take on Eminent Domain and the Propsed Bluegrass Pipeline

One of the greatest constitutional rights in our country is the right to own real estate.

Individual property rights are now being threatened by the owners of the Bluegrass Pipeline. This private company will transport natural gas liquids through the proposed pipeline.
I believe that eminent domain was intended for government use for acquiring private land when necessary for the construction of projects such as roads, dams or lakes. 

I hope that you will urge members of our General Assembly to not allow eminent domain to be used by a private company against landowners.  Read more.

Students Prepare to Argue on Bluegrass Pipeline

Fourth-graders at Booker T. Washington Intermediate Academy keep up with current events as they gather pertinent facts, weigh pros and cons, and learn to argue their position with pencil and paper. Their topic: the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.

Kinder Morgan Contacts Marion County about Converting Pipeline for NGLs

While the companies working on the Bluegrass Pipeline project have started acquiring property in Kentucky in hopes of building a new pipeline, a second project — which already has easements and pipelines in place — is also in the works.

Instead of building a new pipeline, Kinder Morgan and MarkWest Utica are hoping to convert an existing pipeline to carry natural gas liquids to the Gulf of Mexico.

“Kinder Morgan will be exploring this proposed project with interested stakeholders including landowners, elected officials, local governments, and their residents, as well as appropriate state and federal agencies in the upcoming months,” wrote Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan’s director of public affairs, in a letter dated Oct. 22 to Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly.

Mattingly said he’d been aware of another possible NGL project, but this letter was the first direct contact he’d received from Kinder Morgan.  Read more.

Sisters of Loretto, Faithful America Deliver 36,000 Petition Signatures to Governor Beshear

Religious groups in Kentucky are continuing to fight against a potentially dangerous gas pipeline that two energy companies want to bury underneath 13 of the state's counties. 

On Tuesday, a group of religious leaders and concerned citizens delivered a petition with about 36,000 signatures to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D), said protest attendee Susan Classen, a member of the Sisters of Loretto, a group of nuns in Marion County who have led the fight against the construction of the Bluegrass Pipeline.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tomorrow Morning - Kentucky State Capitol - 9:45 - Be There If You Can!

Photo Credit:  Courtesy of the Frankfort State Journal

You may have heard about the Sisters of Loretto who are working hard to help stop the Bluegrass Pipeline from destroying our land. These women have been working tirelessly to help us try to convince Steve Beshear to step in and stop this project and have gained international attention.  Working with Faithful America, they have gathered over 30,000 signatures on their petition that they plan to present tomorrow, Tuesday morning.  Can you stand with the nuns on Tuesday morning?

As they continue their courageous fight against the dangerous Bluegrass Pipeline, the Sisters of Loretto will be at the state capitol to deliver over 30,000 petition signatures to Governor Steve Beshear.

We need a good crowd to help show the governor and the media that the sisters have the support of thousands of Kentuckians who don't want a pipeline that'll threaten homes and drinking water across the commonwealth.

We plan to gather at 9:45 a.m. on the steps of the state capitol for a brief press conference (and a performance by singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore). Can you be there?

If you join us:
1.  The capitol is located at  700 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY  40601.
2.  The phone number at the capitol is 502-564-5444.
3.  If you want to go inside the building, bring a photo identification.
4.  There are two ways to enter the building - the front entrance, and the left-hand end of the building.

If you are unable to come, there are ways you can help.

1.  Write a letter to the Corps of Engineers and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission at:

James Townsend
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Regulatory Branch, P.O. Box 59
Louisville, KY 40201

Ms. Kimberly Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, D.C. 20426

What to Include in the Letter:

· Require a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement on new and repurposed portions of the Bluegrass NGL Pipeline Project.” 

· Collaborate to conduct a full environmental analysis of the need, alternative routes and alternatives to the pipeline, and the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the project

· Advise the project proponents that no actions that would commit resources to a particular project route, including easement acquisition, so be allowed pending the completion of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement.

Include personal details of how the Bluegrass Pipeline could affect your land and your quality of life.

2.  Call or write to your State Senator and Representative and ask them to Co-Sponsor BR 129 and BR 198:

3.  Contact your state Senator and Representative, and ask them to “co-sponsor  BR 129 (in the Senate) and BR 198 (in the House) to limit condemnation powers for oil and gas pipelines to utilities regulated by the Kentucky Public Service Commission.”

Senator Higdon and Representative Floyd are the lead sponsors. You can contact your state Senator and Representative by linking to or by calling them at 502-564-8100 (this is not a toll-free call).

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at  Thank you for your efforts to help!  We cannot win without you.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Does Fracking = Energy Independence? Clearly Not - Natural Gas Will Cost More This Winter Than Last Year

PSC says consumers can reduce bills through energy efficiency 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2013) – Natural gas costs at the start of the 2013-2014 heating season will be higher than last year, but are still well below the peak reached in 2008, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) said today.

Tempted to Sell Your Land Rights for $34.00 Per Linear Foot? Read about Williams' Company Exec Salaries and Profits

Here is the company's 10-Q report filed yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the third quarter 2013.  It contains some very good narrative about all the company's holdings and overall performance.
And if you're curious about Executive Compensation at Williams Partners, here is a link to the company's 10-K annual report for 2012 where you will see that CEO Alan Armstrong has seen his total compensation rise from a mere $ 2 M in 2010 to $6.4 M in 2012. 
You can also see in this report where Mr. Armstrong would collect $18,000,000 if he were to liquidate his common stock holdings of Williams Partners LP.  If he exercised all his stock options, and ultimately sold all of his stock holdings....well, that would net him only $42,400,000. 

What's Wrong with Self Reporting? North Dakota Had 300 Oil Spills In Two Years Without Telling Public

AP obtained records of 750 ‘oil field incidents’ after officials kept the massive September wheat field spill quiet until discovered.

North Dakota, the nation’s Number 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said.

According to records obtained by the Associated Press, the pipeline spills, many of them small, are among some 750 “oil field incidents” that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification.