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Petition to Chairman Chatterjee, Commissioners Glick and McNamee, FERC Commissioners

Stand up for environmental justice. Stop fracked-gas pipelines in WV, VA, NC now!

Ella Rose lives in the blast zone of a massive, dangerous fracked-gas pipeline and compressor proposed just a few hundred feet from her home in a historic black community in rural Virginia.  Paula and Herman Mann live in the blast zone of a different fracked-gas pipeline in West Virginia, and have been living with the nightmare of the project’s ongoing construction that has been tearing up the land around them.   Ella and the Manns are worried about harm to their water supplies and health, to wildlife and the climate. Their worries skyrocketed in July when a similar gas pipeline in Kentucky exploded, killing one person, harming several others and destroying nearby homes.  They are just a few of the thousands of Americans whose lives have been disrupted since the pipelines were proposed five years ago: the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline and 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline, both running from West Virginia, through Virginia into North Carolina. Since then, these folks have been fighting tirelessly to protect their homes and families.   Right now, three federal officials have the power to stop the harm. The members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can and should issue a stop-work order for both pipelines immediately.  The pipelines would harm streams, groundwater, air quality, wildlife, rural communities and communities of color, public health, and public lands including the treasured Appalachian Trail. They would increase consumer costs and worsen the climate crisis. They are not even needed — but would yield exorbitant profits for decades for the pipeline builders.  The Mountain Valley Pipeline builders have already violated environmental regulations more than 300 times, causing widespread water pollution. It’s so bad, they are under criminal investigation for Clean Water Act violations. Yet construction continues.  As for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, courts have thrown out seven crucial environmental permits for being flawed and insufficient, yet the builder has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to ram the project through.  FERC should never have allowed these pipelines in the first place — but the agency’s deeply flawed process virtually guaranteed their approval. In fact, FERC has ok’d hundreds of dangerous and unnecessary natural gas pipelines across the U.S., putting tens of thousands of Americans in harm’s way. The rights given these companies mean landowners effectively have no property rights! It could happen to anyone unlucky enough to live in the path of a potential pipeline.  But here’s the good news: FERC issued stop-work orders for these two pipelines in the past — and can do so again. But only if we all continue to speak up. Here are just a few of the reasons why the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines should be halted:  Environmental justice.  Both pipelines disproportionately impact lower-income and elderly people, and African-American and Native American communities. In Virginia, Ella lives in Union Hill, founded by freed slaves and still largely populated by their descendants. The proposed compressor station in Union Hill has become a flashpoint in the fight to stop the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, drawing national attention and prompting a visit from Rev. William Barber, II and former Vice President Al Gore to decry the project as a “racist rip-off.” In North Carolina, an estimated 30,000 Native Americans live along the route of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, including the single largest community of the Lumbee Nation.  Stolen land.  Many along the pipeline routes feel that FERC’s broken process allowed the pipeline companies to take their land unjustly. One Virginia family recently found the gate to their land padlocked; other landowners are cut off from sections of their property for months on end by huge open pipeline ditches. A pillar of American democracy is the right to hold private property; the government can take one’s land through eminent domain only if doing so serves the public good and the landowner is compensated. But FERC failed to examine whether the pipelines are needed and instead simply took the companies’ word for it, ignoring multiple independent studies showing the pipelines are not needed to provide electricity in the region.  Climate crisis. Methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the projects — including fracking operations to supply them and the numerous compressor stations along the routes — would exacerbate the climate crisis and lock the region into decades more of dirty fossil fuel dependence even while renewable energy is often as cheap or cheaper than new gas-fired power plants. The two pipelines would emit as much climate pollution as 48 coal-fired power plants.  Please sign this petition today! Urge FERC to stop work on both the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline immediately — and help turn the tide on the fracked-gas juggernaut. Our communities, health, environment and climate are at stake.  Thanks for all you do.    

Progress Not Pipelines
77,448 supporters
Started 2 years ago

Petition to Rosemary Chiavetta, Governor Tom Wolf, Sam Robinson, Lt Gov John Fetterman

We Petition the PA PUC for Relief from the Mariner East Pipeline Project

Pennsylvania Residents Demand Immediate Relief from the Mariner East (Pennsylvania) Pipeline Project Mariner East 1 entered service over four years ago and the operator, Sunoco/Energy Transfer, still has not shared critical, potentially life-saving information with local hazmat teams, emergency responders, schools, townships, counties and homeowners along the pipeline route. There is currently no possibility of creating adequate evacuation routes, early warning systems, and a meaningful hazard response. Instead of demonstrating transparency and compliance with our laws and regulations, Sunoco/Energy Transfer has rushed to put into operation their mismatched, cobbled together workaround pipeline, once again putting their profit above best engineering practices and public safety. While the operator has now admitted to making mistakes and promised “to do better”; it is, too little too late. Years of making mistakes while constructing, maintaining, and operating their pipelines has lead to the highest leak and accident rate in the industry. Sunoco/ ET continues to operate above the law and abuse their power. Pennsylvanians are continually being exposed to grave danger each day this pipeline is in service and thousands of lives are at stake. The PUC along with Governor Wolf has acknowledged the same. Enough is enough​. The people of Pennsylvania demand that the PUC use it’s authority to protect the public from the involuntary, unmitigated and unconscionable risk described HERE. Jurisdiction, Powers & ObligationsPennsylvania Public Utility Commission​, ​you,​ have the power and duty to stop this involuntary and unconscionable risk to our vulnerable communities.● Title 66 § 1501 ​Character of service and facilities​. Every public utility shall furnish and maintain adequate, efficient, safe, and reasonable service and facilities, and shall make all such repairs, changes, alterations, substitutions, extensions, and improvements in or to such service and facilities as shall be necessary or proper for the accommodation, convenience, and safety of its patrons, employees, and the public.● 52 Pa. Code 59.33 Each public utility shall at all times use every reasonable effort to properly warn and protect the public from danger, and shall exercise reasonable care to reduce the hazards to which employees, customers and others may be subjected to by reason of its equipment and facilities● Do ​NOT make us wait to experience harm before you exhaust all available administrative powers and protect us from the wrongdoings committed by SPLP, an alleged public utility. The people of Pennsylvania will not wait for a tragedy in order to be adequately protected by legislation, which is the historical approach.● “...given the Commission’s grave duty to ensure public safety in regard to the public utilities that it regulates, in the exercise of its discretion, it can and should take a permissive view toward standing in situations in which it is presented with credible facts regarding a potential emergency that affects public safety.” - The PUC’s brief for Sen. Dinniman’s standing case with the Commonwealth Court.● While some issues that the Mariner East Pipeline Project May not fall directly under the PUC’s jurisdiction, giving them the authority to remedy, these issues create a public utility that delivers service that is inherently unsafe, inadequate and certainly unreasonable. As these characteristics are requirement to comply with ​Title 66 § 150​, the commission must recognize that service must stop until these requirements are met.● The public's needs are ​direct,​ ​immediate​, and ​substantial. Therefore​, we, the people of Pennsylvania respectfully insist that the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission; along with the Bureau of Investigation & Enforcement, fulfill its’ mission to "​provide adequate, safe and reasonable services"​ , "​protect the public interes​t" and halt all construction and operations of the Mariner East (Pennsylvania) Pipeline Project until:1. The current formal complaints before the PUC are heard and decisions reached.a. Because BI&E’s complaint against SPLP will not be heard due to a settlementdecision require, Sunoco must show that all pipeline corrosion and coating issues have been addressed and all anti-corrosion systems are working properlya. The end of life study on Mariner East 1 and the 12 inch line are concluded, 2. Both the Chester & Delaware County District Attorneys’ Criminal Investigations are closed. 3. The Attorney General’s Investigation is concluded that you, the PUC, have been asked to assist with. 4. The current geophysical studies are completed by USGS, an unbiased and appropriate government agency,a. Sunoco is required to show that proposed Horizontal Directional Drilling will not damage public and private wells/aquifers, other underground utilities, 5. Adequate study and mitigation plans are in place for subsurface release of natural gas liquids (highly volatile liquids) near our public water wells and water reservoirs, 6. Sunoco informs and properly educates all of those potentially impacted and document what a “safe distance” from the pipeline is (including the assumptions underlying the calculations) 7. Adequate Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans have been made that conform to Title 35 protections. Certifying that the people of Pennsylvania can protect their life, liberty and property in a worse-case scenario. 8. Sunoco provides a system capable of immediate detection and warning of even small leaks. 9. Sunoco is required to carry sufficient insurance to cover a worst-case accident Respectfully,T​he Undersigned People of Pennsylvania

Carrie Gross
620 supporters