Spectra Energy of Houston has announced plans for a 36″ high-pressure fracked gas (up to 1.1 Bcf/d) transmission pipeline through the Virginia Piedmont, impacting Fauquier, Rappahannock, Madison, Culpeper and Orange counties on its run from West Virginia to North Carolina. Just one of the many concerns is that methane traps 86 times as much heat as CO2 (carbon dioxide) over a 20-year period.
Gas line projects are tricky, because there is a huge amount of natural gas being produced in Marcellus Shale areas and a high demand to gain access to that gas. Regulators are looking very favorably on any project that will enhance our access to that “cheap natural gas”.
We believe developers and regulators need to approach projects in a way that does not unduly harm the environment or sacrifice safety for rapid construction. Once a pipeline is built, it is there for many years into the future and expansion projects often follow. Our experience in the past has also taught us that when an infrastructure project is proposed, it is rarely the only thing under consideration — there are often associated structures (like pumping stations), alternative routes, the potential for co-located facilities like transmission lines, telecom facilities, etc, and other factors that need to be considered as well.
If you live along the route, or know somebody who does, we suggest that landowners get all the facts about the need and route of this pipeline before agreeing to allow any new right-of-way to cross their property. Gas pipeline rights-of-way are complicated legal documents, and very often give the gas company rights to place more than just underground pipelines on your land. Talking to a qualified attorney about your rights is an important step before making any major decisions about your property.
SAVE THE DATE
July 8, 2014 6-8pm
Spectra Gas Pipeline Proposal Community Meeting in Culpeper