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Yes, rail transport is dangerous. But there are risks and dangers associated with pipelines, too, just that (aside from explosions) they tend to be more insidious and spread out over more area - like leakage, inviting invasive species, the ever-continual loss of trees and the associated surface and groundwater pollution from runoff/sediment, further destruction of habitat. These things aren't as glamorous in terms of danger but they are there, and add it up over millions of miles of pipeline, and it compounds and accumulates. When do we say enough is enough? My main problem with the pipeline is that is a massive forced investment of the public, with no guaranteed return on investment (can they guarantee our gas rates will lower? fat chance) for a fuel that is and should be on its way out - gas wells are drying up already, some have a life of only 30 more years. Not a good long-term investment when other countries are investing so heavily in renewables; we will not be competitive if we don't start to subsidize renewables in the way we're so willing to for fossil fuels. ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

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Pipeline explosions usually occur when somebody is doing excavating where they clearly shouldn't. Train and truck transportation are by far, the most dangerous route to transport petroleum. By far. But people don't want to be confused with facts. Their minds are made up (by somebody else...). ...(full comment)

Letter: Get educated on pipeline

Thanks for this essay. It offers an antidote to the knee-jerk refusal to contemplate any rational perspective to the Russians. The historical record cited here shows many factors intertwined in the Ukrainian conflict. To ignore history in the desire to score political points is one way to foster the conflict rather than resolve it. Political leaders often desire to foster conflict as a means of rousing their own bases and preserving their hold on power. That is as true of Kerry, et al., as it is of Putin. ...(full comment)

Doerner/My Turn: Russia’s defensive reaction

https://jimculleny.wordpress.com/another-piece-of-eternity/ https://jimculleny.wordpress.com/the-only-thing-we-have-to-work-with/ ...(full comment)

Culleny: Eternity can wait

Gas investor hyperbole and expensive advertising are not facts. The U.S. still imports 1/3 of its fossil fuel consumption, (the ads says "America" and shows a flag . . . last time I looked, Canada and Mexico are still separate countries. . . . . .AND there is substantially less recoverable unconventional gas than expensive ads are telling us. It would be good to keep in mind that these extractive corporate entities are primarily concerned with money, . . . . . . . well production is known to decline rapidly after the first year in all but a few spots, so new wells, which are extremely expensive, must be drilled endlessly to stay even with demand in the U.S. . . . . that means more and more and more environmental damage, which isn't factored in. . . .exports will insure that we will be competing for our own gas, and bear all of the hidden costs to water and human life for generations to come. This is environmental suicide: it is also genocide. ...(full comment)

Letter: Pipeline poison

There is a mix of accurate and sloppy history here. At Yalta, Roosevelt pretty much gave Stalin leave to occupy Eastern Europe after World War II which meant that Poland, Czechoslavakia, Rumania and other nations were doomed to suffer under a totalitarian Soviet regime. It is worth remembering that Stalin was a homicidal maniac who murdered or enslaved tens of millions of his own citizens. Putin, who formed a sinister alliance between the former KGB and the Russian Mafia to snatch power after the Cold War ended is made from the same mold. I find that the far-Left blames America with the same knee-jerk thoughtlessness that the far-Right uses to blame Obama. To further blame Russia's destruction of democracy in the Ukraine on the United States is ideological double talk at its worst. ...(full comment)

Doerner/My Turn: Russia’s defensive reaction

"Many of the project’s opponents have raised concerns over the past year that much of the gas that will flow through the $4 billion, 300-mile-long pipeline is destined for export, claiming the volume of gas that is expected to travel along the pipeline from the Midwest Marcellus shale reserves — estimated at about 2.2 billion cubic feet per day — far exceeds the amount of gas that could be consumed in New England." Let's check some facts, shall we? http://www.utilitydive.com/news/how-electricity-demand-is-pushing-massachusetts-to-expand-gas-pipelines/350345/ "Massachusetts' average daily natural gas consumption for January 2014 was 1.8 Bcf. However, illustrating the possibility for constraints, the report notes demand on January 3rd, 2014, for natural gas heating only was 2.2 Bcf." According to Tony Buxton, spokesperson and general counsel to the Coalition to Lower Energy Costs: "If you look at the numbers, on a cold day New England needs about 4.5 Bcf/d, just the residential and commercial heating needs. None of that goes for electricity," And this study was done before the Yankee nuclear power plant was shut down, eliminating a major source of electric power in New England. Joanne is always willing to sacrifice other people's health and comfort to be politically correct on environmental issues, and never seems to remember that her house is heated by natural gas. ...(full comment)

Deerfield will file federal negligence claim against FERC

Thank you to Mr. Hoitt for the great pictures. It was a long day and you took some beautiful shots. :) These kids did great! They are a small team from a small town school, but they swam big. Congratulations! ...(full comment)

Fritz gets a top-10 swim for Indians

Great picture! ...(full comment)

Painted sunset

During World War II, some of the best snipers in the Soviet Army were women. ...(full comment)

Blagg: Snipers now the target

This is an extremely innovative approach to fighting fracking infrastructure. The logic seems impeccable. Individual homeowners would be required to surrender their land not for any public benefit but for the profits of private shareholders who would be mostly exporting gas extracted here. This activity causes harm to the general public by depleting our own resources: gas, water, clean air and soil. The compressors necessary for these pipelines cause health issues, leaks can contaminate huge areas of land and aquifers. Beyond that, the building of these pipelines encourages the burning of the fuel, which contributes to global warming. This is a case that should come to court, where evidence, not propaganda, can be presented and weighed. ...(full comment)

Deerfield will file federal negligence claim against FERC

Go, Deerfield! I grew up in Franklin County and am proud of the way you are battling against this pipeline project. As a veteran New York State fracktivist, I have learned the importance of grassroots activism and of using many different means and strategies to keep fossil fuel projects from invading our counties. I wish you success in keeping this pipeline from being built. ...(full comment)

Deerfield will file federal negligence claim against FERC