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Locations of pipelines of concern

November 10, 2013

Lycoming County has been among the state’s busiest areas for natural gas activity in recent years, leading to the construction of pipelines, including more than 100 miles of gathering line....

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Nov-13-13 9:08 AM

Unclefracker- I have worked with Anadarko and Mary Wolf on a project that concerned my property and i have to disagree with you on your comment. They did what they said they would do in my case and were upfront and honest the entire way throught the process, they actually were a benefit to help me through my issue. Just one case but they did what they promised and the outcome was good for all.

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Nov-12-13 11:37 AM

There are those who get up every morning and make things happen and some just sit around wondering what happened where do you fall in this?

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Nov-12-13 11:18 AM

And Rick had you had enough land in play you'd be singing a different tune but such a small amount isn't worth it

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Nov-12-13 11:17 AM

Pinecr take a moment to read and understand what your posting as one can clearly understand you as much as the new healthcare law

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Nov-11-13 9:31 AM

exlocal...the gas industry will find a way around paying for any mishaps they cause...just look at Dimock and the state of Wyoming, and now the people in rural areas of this state and North Dakota. They come in and rape the area and could care less why type of damage they cause. The only reason more people of not up in arms about it is because they are listing to the gas industry propaganda on billboards and tv ads. Why do you think they hide behind the tree lines in rural no one sees they doing their illegal dumping, etc. We see it everyday...roads with weight limits and they haul their illegal heavy loads in the middle of the night, etc. Why do you think the gas industry after all this time is still not willing to disclose everything they are shooting in our grounds...I am betting it is because they would be shut down if anyone really knew the toxic recipe.

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Nov-11-13 9:26 AM

Hey once again we hear from Erik...the gas industry cheerleader...same old same old...quite tired of it actually!

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Nov-11-13 9:23 AM

County officials have no handle on how and where the pipelines are being layed. The state should have had some regulations in line before they ever allowed the gas industry to bear their ugly head in this state. Now it is too late and with no regulations on the pipelines, it is a dangerous situation for everyone living in the areas of the pipelines. Once again this state has turned it back on the citizens all for the mighty big bucks.

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Nov-11-13 7:44 AM

Garben, I did have land even sold the mineral rights with the sale. I chose not to lease. Your comment does say it all, money. I bet if you had split estate and did not get a penny from that well 500 Yards from your kitchen window you would be singing a different

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Nov-11-13 5:14 AM

Gas prices at all time lows and they are making a fortune off it? You are a naive idiot plain and very simple now take a moment take it all in the hit disagree

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Nov-10-13 7:12 PM

There have been 27 pipeline accidents in the US in 2013.

There should be more regulations put in place for the 500,000 miles of gas and oil pipelines that exists in the US.

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Nov-10-13 6:27 PM

The pipelines are going to go wherever they (gas companies) want them to go. The state is going to not be so vigilant because after all, they`re making a fortune from this.

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Nov-10-13 5:16 PM

There has been a oil pipeline through lycoming county including my property for years or hasn't anyone noticed or they just don't care? Who cares it's all good the pipelines are not just halfass welded together by uncertified idiots if you think they are just go and try getting a welding job on the pipeline once you'll find it easier to board a plane with a knife. And ps again rick it's really easy to pack up and leave when you had no play in the gas business here however just about every town in PA is getting bonus money from the gas being pumped and that you can be thankful for us people like myself with over 200 acres in play

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Nov-10-13 4:05 PM

It seems those most opposed to the gas industry typically blame the gas companies for putting profit ahead of all else. In particular they are accused of indifference to the local environment and working with slipshod practices and procedures. They don't care is the mantra. Let's see, if there is a pipeline failure who pays for the repair? The gas company. Fines? The gas company. Damages to private property? The gas company. Personal injury? The gas company. Lost production? The gas company. Bad PR? Yep, the gas company takes it on the chin. I for one would not care to answer to the board of directors or my investment bankers for the losses these calamities would produce. If you folks were completely honest you would admit you just want things the way they always were. Let the fuel that keeps you warm in the winter come from somewhere else.

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Nov-10-13 3:00 PM

Yeah, there were no pipelines in Pennsylvania before the gas industry came here.

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Nov-10-13 12:21 PM

These are the issues and the discussion the state should have had BEFORE the pipelines were laid. It too little, too late, and will do nothing to protect those people in rural areas where these pipelines have already scared the landscape and our way of life.

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Nov-10-13 12:17 PM

At the onset of this pipeline activity, many local residents expressed their concerns and were systematically ignored by the local elected officials (i.e. shills). We were assured by these political hacks that these pipelines would be built with "the most stringent safety and environmental standards". In other words, our elected officials lied. Now, they want the PUC to oversee these pipelines, but what this article does not mention, is that if the PUC regulates these pipelines, they would have to be considered "public utilities" and be afforded "eminent domain". That is going to be the trade off. There is no political will to impose any "regulations" on this industry without that will force them to spend one dime more than they have to, without making it back somewhere else. That is why "regulations" won't work.

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Nov-10-13 10:10 AM

Mary Wolf is a Paid Liar for the Industry that values the bottom line of Profit over safety time after time!

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Nov-10-13 9:36 AM

They can have all the regulations in the world, but they're no good if they aren't enforced. And -it's "League of Women Voters."

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Nov-10-13 8:58 AM

So League Of Women's Voters used GRANT money to ask questions? What a waste of funds. Get off your sorry butt and ask people face to face at meetings. It shows me the absolute waste/fraud of our grant system.

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Nov-10-13 8:40 AM

Given pipeline issues in the past, I don't blame them. As for concerns in the rural areas, when are you all going to realize they don't care. You are to be sacrificed for the good of the cause, money. Do what I did and leave.

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Nov-10-13 7:53 AM


The biggest problem is when people don't follow the one call procedures and during digging damage the pipe and or it's external coating that weaken the pipe or eventually lead to external corrosion and a leak.

The standards help provide a safe pipeline. I would suggest that these organizations referenced in the article (League of Women's Voters, etc.) sit down with an experienced engineer to go through the standards to see how comprehensive they are.

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Nov-10-13 7:45 AM

"In addition, she'd like to see a standardization in state best practices for pipeline design and construction."


Regulated pipelines follow one of the following standards ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) B31.4 or ASME B31.3. These incorporate other various reference standards. These standards dictate the design calculations for the type of pipe being installed (metallurgy, pipe diameter, wall thickness, and populated area). The pipe is manufactured and inspected to meet the standards. The construction practices, inspection requirements, testing methods, operating procedures, etc are also included.

These standards have broadened and used improved technologies to provide a safer pipeline. Items like HDD (horizontal directional drills) have been used to improve the ability to go deeper when crossing rivers and streams so there is less chance of a change in the river stream exposing a line. SMART pigs have been used to monitor the integrity.

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