Archive for February 2012

Port Authority Official: Spectra Could Build Natural Gas Pipeline Over Our Objections

Feb 22nd, 2012 | By Mark
The PATH rail transit system connects northern New Jersey and Manhattan, providing a critical service for more than 72 million passengers a year. The Port Authority remains deeply concerned that construction of a massive, new natural gas pipeline through the heart of the agency's property could damage the structural integrity of PATHS rail tunnels in Jersey City.

The Spectra Energy company could build a controversial natural gas pipeline through the heart of one of the world’s busiest transportation hubs regardless of the New York-New Jersey Port Authority’s concerns about public safety and other matters, an agency official said this morning. Kenneth Swann, a New York-New Jersey Port Authority Deputy Program Director who
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Port Authority Remains Concerned About Natural Gas Pipeline into NYC

Feb 21st, 2012 | By Mark
This graphic details three zones should an explosive event occur at the proposed Spectra natural gas pipeline currently under consideration for construction in lower Manhattan: a 500-foot radius, where everything would be incinerated if the pipeline were operating at the lower end of the pressure scale, around 800 pounds per square inch (psi); an 800-foot radius, where massive damage would occur if the pipeline were to be operating at the maximum 1,450 psi; and a 1,000 foot radius, in which enormous destruction would occur at any pressure.

In a letter filed today with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey laid out a series of concerns the agency said remain unaddressed and could ultimately scuttle the agency’s support for the proposed Spectra Energy natural gas pipeline project. “Should FERC’s ultimate recommendation on final pipeline alignment and certification
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Natural Gas Pipeline Incidents in NY Soared in 2011, Led By Alarming Increase in NYC Pipeline Failures

Feb 16th, 2012 | By Mark
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The number of natural gas pipeline incidents — natural gas leaks or natural gas explosions — in New York City shot up dramatically in 2011, increasing by 400 percent compared to the previous year, according to documents obtained by According to records obtained from the Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA,) the federal
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San Francisco City Attorney Says Feds “Asleep at the Switch”

Feb 14th, 2012 | By Mark
A massive natural gas explosion on Sept. 9, 2010, killed eight people, injured more than 50 others and destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes. On Thursday, PG&E acknowledged an internal memo detailing the possiblity of faulty welds in the pipeline that exploded, years before the incident occurred.

A massive natural gas explosion on Sept. 9, 2010, killed eight people, injured more than 50 others and destroyed or damaged more than 100 homes. Initially, neighborhood residents and reporters thought it was a plane crash that caused the explosion, which was later determined to have been caused by a ruptured natural gas pipeline owned
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NY Congressman Calls Gasland Director Josh Fox’s Fracking Arrest Politically Motivated Censorship

Feb 4th, 2012 | By Mark
Unidentified witnesses testifying at a recent hearing of the House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. The hearing was convened in response to recent EPA findings linking fracking to contamination in groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming.

In an exclusive interview with, Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY21) called the recent arrest of “Gasland” director Josh Fox “censorship based on viewpoint” and a politically motivated attempt to obscure Congressional proceedings. “There have been situations before where people who were not credentialed were allowed to film … (this incident) struck me as censorship based
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Exclusive: Gasland Director Josh Fox Talks About His Arrest at Congressional Hearing

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By Mark

Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere, cut off from all media access, you have undoubtedly heard that filmmaker Josh Fox, the director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Gasland,” was arrested yesterday as he tried to film a Congressional subcommittee hearing on an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency into whether or not hydraulic
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Gasland Director Josh Fox Arrested by Republicans at Congressional Hearing

Feb 1st, 2012 | By Mark

Josh Fox, the director of the Academy-Award nominated film, “Gasland,” was placed under arrest at the behest of House Republicans this afternoon as he tried to film a Congressional committee hearing on fracking. From the UK Guardian: Josh Fox was ejected from the hearing, on drinking water contamination and fracking, after Republicans objected to having
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