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Letter: Pipeline dangers

To landowners who might be approached for permission to let the pipeline run through their land, I say, “If you value your land and the resources it represents, you’d better say ‘NO.’” There are so many reasons to send Kinder Morgan packing I can only name a few.

Remember when they said it would never happen? What about the Exxon Valdez and BP spill in the Gulf? Gas is just as dangerous, if not more so.

Read the terrible facts: They are trying to sell the public with bucolic ads on TV telling us that gas is the way of the future because it “burns clean.” What they neglect to mention is the truth about Fracking and what it does to water, animals and people. Getting gas out of the rock is a filthy business. The chemicals used in fracking include: Benzene, dimethyldisulfide, ethyl-methylethl, disulfide, trimethyl benzene, diethylbenzene, tetramethyl benzene, carbon disulfide, nephthalenes and many other known neurotoxins, carcinogens and hormone-disrupting chemicals. The list goes on.

The potential hazards of maintaining gas pipelines is even worse. There was a terrible explosion in Bellingham, Wash., in 1999. Three people died as a result: a teenager who was fishing in the nearby woods, and two 10-year-old boys who were so seriously burned that they spent the last 24 hours of their lives in excruciating pain from extensive burns. Criminal charges are now being made against Olympic Pipeline Co.

In San Bruno, Calif., in 2010 an explosion in the middle of a residential neighborhood killed eight and left many houses destroyed. (Watch it on KPIX TV website.)

Also in 2010 in the San Francisco Bay area an explosion left eight dead and dozens injured. PG&E are now facing charges of federal felony counts.

In March, a Consolidated Inc. pipeline exploded in New York City leaving eight dead. In Enka, N.C., an explosion in January required massive evacuations. In Plymouth, Wash., an explosion sent up a huge mushroom cloud and forced evacuations. On April 5, they had a big explosion in Marshall Co., Va.

What I’m trying to say here is that accidents involving gas pipelines are not unusual. It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s only a matter of “when.”

NANCY STARK

Shelburne Falls

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