THE HUGE 42″ PIPELINES TO EXPORT FRACKED GAS ARE PLANNED TO CROSS OHIO – BUT THE PEOPLE ARE PASSING RESOLUTIONS AGAINST THEM TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITIES:
This is the New Franklin Council Meeting last week. Nexus officials were there spouting all the things they were at the Swan Creek Twp meeting. Some good things learned:
this meeting was a valuable source of information to confirm our independent research into the following.
• The process of laying out the current route was done on a desktop computer at Spectra Energy corporate offices in Houston, TX. It was chosen because it is the shortest distance between the starting point and Canada
• There is only one route.
• There are no alternate routes being considered, only “tweaks” of the current route
• The vast majority of the gas in the pipeline is going to Canada via Union Gas, a Spectra Energy subsidiary in Canada, and Enbridge Energy a Canadian company. A lesser amount is going to Michigan to cover the needs of DTE’s coal to gas conversion of power plants. This process is being forced to occur by the EPA’s regulations on power plant emissions
• Nexus has no contracts in Ohio
• Spectra Energy/Nexus will not respect property owner, township, city or county rights or requests to re-route around their areas
• Spectra Energy/Nexus will rely on government standards for setbacks, safety and environmental impacts
• They admit there are no governmental standards for setbacks, safety zones, or environmental impacts and pipeline can be built within a few feet of any structure, home, well or septic and no guarantee that any damage will be repaired to owner satisfaction
• After construction Spectra Energy/Nexus will electronically monitor the entire route of the pipeline from a “control center” in Houston, TX. Their primary means of monitoring, however, is relying on the property owners to report incidents and issues
• They have never heard of Xylene Power, its principles, their recommendations on safety setbacks and routinely hire their own experts to refute the position of other interested parties
• The open houses, public meetings, FERC scoping hearings, FERC comment period, environmental studies, economic impact studies, etc. are all contrived to make it appear that a well-designed, fundamentally sound, all-compassing process is strictly adhered to when designing and routing the pipeline.
• Spectra Energy/Nexus is here to build a pipeline. They can build the pipeline where they want it, according to their own design standards, buy their pipe anywhere in the world, use whomever they choose to construct it, sell the product to anyone that will buy it, for as long as it is profitable. That is the way the system works and no one can tell them otherwise.
SUMMARIZED TRANSCRPIT OF PROCEEDINGS
• Seven Nexus officials lead by Pat Becker (the manager of the central region of the US for Spectra Energy) attended
• Lou Broader(sp?), public relations area contact, introduced Pat Becker
• Pat Becker did a presentation and answered questions. No one else from Spectra Energy/Nexus was allowed or chose to speak
• Excerpt of Pat Becker’s comments:
o Spectra Energy is a big company. Since 2007 it has completed 60 pipeline projects and invested $8b
o Spectra Energy has 19,000 miles of transmission lines; 30,000 miles of distribution lines; 70,000 miles of gathering lines; 1700 miles of crude oil lines, etc.
o Nexus pipeline will supply Michigan, Chicago and the Dawn Hub (Canada)
o Nexus will make its pre-filing application to FERC before year end 2014
o Final application to FERC in 4th quarter 2015
QUESTION & ANSWERS
• Q. How does the route get determined?
• A. We choose the route on a desktop computer in our corporate headquarters in Houston, TX. We use the surveys to confirm our solution. We submit the route to FERC. FERC decides the route
• Q. How many routes have you plotted on your computer?
A. Just this one
• Q. Do you have any alternates routes in mind?
• Q. How many routes are you surveying?
A. Just this one
• Q. How many routes will you submit to FERC?
A. Just this one
• Q. How can you say that FERC chooses the route when you only provide one route?
A. Well, FERC must approve the route we submit. So they decide the route.
P. Becker; “Spectra Energy is very concerned about safety. We have the utmost concern for safety of the property owner and public in general. We have a stellar safety record and are proud of it.”
• Q. What is a safe distance to build from a home, a septic system and a well?
A. I don’t know. We have experts who tell us what is safe.
• Q. Are you familiar with the Xylene Corporation study on setback standards for 42” pipelines operating at 1440 psi?
A. No I am not familiar with this report. We do not rely on these independent studies because usually these are done by people who have an agenda. We have our own experts to advise us.
• Q. What do you feel is a safe distance to build a 42” pipeline from a home, septic and a well?
A. This not my field of expertise. However, we follow all government setbacks with respect to safety requirements.
• Q. Are there setback requirements established by the government?
N. Not to my knowledge.
• Q. Could you build this pipeline 25’ from a home?
• Q. Could you go right through my septic field?
A. Yes we could, but of course we would not, that would cost too much.
• Q. If there are no standards for safety or the environment what is your criteria?
A. We find the shortest route that can be built at the lowest cost.
• Q. Can you build this pipeline through a wetland?
• Q. How close to a well can you build?
A. We can build right over a well. It is totally safe.
THE VALUE OF PROPERTY
• Q. Will this pipeline affect the value of my property?
A. No answer provided
• Q. Will you guarantee that the value of my property won’t go down?
A. No answer provided
• Q. If the City Council or township passes a Resolution asking Spectra Energy/Nexus to re-route around their area will you respect that request?
A. We engage all the property owners, communities and elected officials. We have open houses, FERC holds scoping meetings. There are ample opportunities to comment on the route.
CROWD: Answer the question
A. If a property owner has a site specific concern, we will meet with them and listen to their concern. We really want to engage the property owner every step of the way.
• Q. How is the size of a pipeline determined? Is it safety? Is it environmental?
A. It is determined by market demand. The more our customers want of the product the larger the pipe.
• Q. What percentage of the gas in the pipeline is going to Canada?
A. Uhhh….I don’t know. We will have to get back to you on this.
(The vast majority is going to Canada. Spectra Energy has a subsidiary in Canada, Union Gas. Union Gas has 1.2 M residential, industrial and commercial customers in Canada. Enbridge Energy Partners owns and operates Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company, which provides distribution services in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Vermont and New York State.
Enbridge employs more than 10,000 people, primarily in Canada and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
• Q. How many 42” pipelines has Spectra built?
A. Uhhhhh. Then he confers with other officials. Uh, one.
There was more but it was mostly the same questions asked in different ways.