The Williams pipeline is a new pipeline proposal for the carrying of fracked gas across state lines. Fracking is an age old method of extracting natural gas from the earth. It causes environmental damage through run-off and pollution.
“Natural gas is primarily methane, a highly flammable and explosive gas. Williams has a poor safety record in the management of its pipelines, compressor stations, and processing plants. In the last ten years, Williams pipelines and compressor stations have exploded and/or caught fire ten times. In addition, incidents at other Williams facilities have killed six people and injured dozens. These accidents have released methane into the atmosphere, leveled buildings, and contaminated groundwater. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has repeatedly levied civil penalties against Williams for neglecting safety procedures.”
“To lay this pipeline, Williams must excavate a giant trench across New York harbor. The harbor seabed is contaminated by toxins like PCBs, dioxin, lead, and arsenic. These toxins will be churned up into the water and washed ashore by the tides, contaminating marine life and the shoreline. Williams says that construction will take a full year and at points may run 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Turbulence, vibrations, and noise will take their toll on marine life. Whales, seals, turtles and birds risk having their migratory patterns disrupted.”
Fracking is a very antiquated system that has been causing pollution and climate issues for decades. It is time to stop this method once and for all – not to reinvest in a future that depends on it. It is necessary that we fight this now and move on to cleaner and greener alternative methods.