Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

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
Editorials
  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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 1 Story

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 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

  • July 20, 1969 July 20, 1969

    When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago today, it was until that time the mostwatched television programming in history.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

  • Maryland on target to meet 2025 bay restoration goals

    July 16, 2014

  • Tough luck Tough luck

    The state has for a second time declined to help Allegany County get federal flood recovery funds in the wake of the June 12 storm.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Heard it all Heard it all

    Pesky thing, this requirement that political candidates file campaign finance reports.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo