Cumberland Times-News

Columns

May 14, 2014

Care is needed

Pipeline’s effect upon our watershed is a concern

— Pennsylvania and Maryland officials need to keep a close watch on plans for a major natural gas pipeline that will slice through the Evitts Creek Watershed — the source of Cumberland’s water supply.

The Times-News reported Monday that Spectra Energy of Houston is seeking to construct the Pennsylvania-to-North Carolina pipeline at a cost of $4 billion. The project is said to be four years away from completion.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he is gathering information on the details of the project. The senator’s office said the project needs to go through the Federal Regulatory Commission’s approval process before work can begin.

The pipeline would originate at a compressor station in Bedford, Pa., and continue through Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, terminating at a Duke Energy site in North Carolina.

The pipeline would cross Centerville, Pa., in the Evitts Creek Watershed, which feeds Lakes Koon and Gordon, the water supply to Cumberland. What effect that would have on the watershed is yet to be determined. Don Llewellyn,  a Bedford County farmer who is on the Evitts Creek Steering Committee, said the watershed area already has an agriculture security area established. He said a group of agriculture producers and property owners have bonded as a group.

The 427-mile pipeline would apparently have a depth of 3 feet. How much of a right-of-way would be required by Spectra Energy is unknown at this point. The Environmental Protection Agency, intervening in a Florida pipeline project recently, narrowed the right-of-way there from  100 feet to 75 feet through upland forests, in order to protect that habitat. It also blocked a proposed route that had the pipe traversing a closed landfill in Lowndes County, Ga.

Such environmental concerns — as well as the rights of property owners — need to be addressed for the Spectra Energy pipeline.

Federal, state and local officials need to closely monitor the project to make sure it is carried out in a responsible and fair fashion.

 

1
Text Only
Columns
  • Peanuts and Cracker Jack beat any foam finger

    Times have changed, and for the better, as this week marks the third year in a row NFL training camps have opened and have not taken center stage in the cities of Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington. That, of course, is due to the play of the three baseball teams that inhabit said cities, the Orioles, the Pirates and the Nationals — two of whom hold first place in their respective divisions, with the other one entering play on Wednesday just 2 1/2 games out of first.

    July 23, 2014

  • Big loophole Big loophole

    How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don’t do it. Don’t do it

    Temperatures have been moderate recently but are projected to rise to the upper 80s and low 90s later this week, so we want to remind you: Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • He means well, and this time they spared his life

    Our pal Phil is the only re-enactor certified in writing by both the Lee and Custis families to portray Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee (whose wife was Mary Anna Custis Lee). When he’s in uniform, he generally stops at the bottom of the path that leads to the summit of Little Round Top, salutes Capt. Gary and First Sgt. Goldy and asks permission to join us. (Get it? Generally ... General Lee?) We always return his salute and grant him permission, in part because he’s our friend and also because the real Lee never got to see what it really looks like from up there. (Get it? Grant ... Grant? U.S. Grant? Real Lee ... really? OK. I hear you. That’s enough. Seriouslee.) Phil gets a kick out of being able to sneak up on us while we’re distracted by tourists.

    July 20, 2014

  • It’s hotter here than in D.C. or Baltimore

    At this time of the year, the weather is a frequent subject of conversation, particularly the temperatures. We are now in the “Dog Days,” usually the hottest days of the year. The term comes from our sun appearing to be near the “Dog Star” (Sirius) and the “Little Dog Star” (Procyon). In reality, the sun is now about 94.5 million miles away while Sirius is 8.6 light years away with Procyon at 11 light years distance. Sunlight takes only 507 seconds to reach us, while the two dog stars’ light takes about a decade to travel to our eyes. So our sun is in the same direction (but not distance) as these two bright winter evening stars.

    July 20, 2014

  • Mike Sawyers and his father, Frank Sale of quart-sized Mason jars lagging, merchants claim

    The opening day of Maryland’s squirrel hunting season is Sept. 6 and I am guessing you will be able to drive a lot of miles on the Green Ridge State Forest and see very few vehicles belonging to hunters of the bushytail. It wasn’t always that way. In the early 1960s, when I was a high school student in Cumberland, there was no Interstate 68. What existed was U.S. Route 40 and in the last couple of hours before daylight on the opening day of squirrel season there was an almost unbroken line of tail lights and brake lights between Cumberland and Polish Mountain.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hugo Perez Columnist, son are range finders, but where are .22 shells?

    We feel pretty lucky on this side of the Potomac to have a nice shooting range to utilize for free and within decent driving distance.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Opposition and inclusion understood

    Those of you who have been here before know how I feel about the late great Len Bias, who I will remember foremost as Leonard Bias, the polite, spindly Bambi-eyed kid from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School, who could throw a dunk through the floor, yet had the most beautiful jump shot I have ever seen.

    July 17, 2014

  • Stopgap

    Kicking the can down the road was one of the things American kids did to pass the time in the old days, particularly if they lived in rural areas where there was little traffic to contend with.

    July 16, 2014

  • Further proof you should never bet on baseball

    Had you known in March that ...

    July 16, 2014