2018-01-17 / Letters

Oppose pipeline permits

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my opposition to the DEP permit WVR310880, the stormwater permit for the pipeline proposed to go through Morgan County.

There are a host of reasons why this permit needs to be denied. Looking at this issue locally and globally, it makes no sense to install this line or any gas line. The amount of destruction to land is tremendous — causing great soil erosion, which will contaminate streams and the Potomac River. Soil erosion disturbs many habitats both on land and in streams/rivers. There are endangered species that live in many of these streams, including the wood turtle and the stream side plant, harperella. Digging and spraying pesticides on land that is known to have sensitive karst geology is foolish as the water sources that are available in karst regions to wildlife and to people will become greatly contaminated. Air will be polluted. In addition, pipelines are dangerous — pipelines leak and pipelines explode — there is no denying this fact. Putting the land and all its inhabitants, including people, at risk for the profit of gas companies is not worth it. On top of all the environmental and human hazards is the gas company’s disrespectful approach to land owners. They lie, they force, coerce, and sue landowners who stand up against the gas company and do not want this disruptive monster on their property.

Globally, fossil fuels need to stay in the ground. The gas proposed to go through the pipe is methane gas coming from fracked wells in Pennsylvania. Climate change is real and methane gas released from fracked wells and leaking or exploding pipes is tremendous — methane gas holds 20-30 times more heat than CO2. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, affecting everyone worldwide. Locally, our community — Morgan County — is not being served at all by this gas pipeline, and will only cause great damage and harm. There is absolutely no benefit — not even jobs, only harm. I implore each of you to write to the DEP to deny this permit. Time is short as comments need to be in January 19, 8 p.m. and can be mailed or emailed.

Include the permit number and address to: Director, Divison of Water and Management, DEP, Attn: Sharon Mullins, Permitting Section, DEP, 601 57th St. SE Charleston, WV 25304-2345. Email: dep.comments@ wv.gov. Make your word heard.

Leslie Devine-Milbourne

Berkeley Springs

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