INEOS Fuel Fracked Gas Exports At U.S. Communities Expense
The U.S. fracking industry needs thousands of miles of new pipelines to export increasingly risky fracking products. The pipelines are being forced through communities using “eminent domain” laws (similar to compulsory purchase in the UK). A County Court Judge ordered Ellen Gerhart to allow tree clearing on about three acres of her property, her daughter Elise occupied a tree to delay the work.
The Mariner East 2 transmission line (two 24-inch natural gas liquids pipelines) will carry ethane, propane and butane from the Marcellus Shale fields in Ohio and Pennsylvania to the Marcus Hook terminal south of Philadelphia, where UK frackers INEOS last month began its first shipments to a plant in Norway.In the shale fields, Pennsylvania expects the industry to add 20-25,000 miles of gathering lines, which are pipelines that take gas from well heads to a larger transmission line or gas processing facility. These so-called “class one” lines will be in rural areas and no state, federal or local authority oversees them. They are often unmapped and are the cause of an growing catalogue of accidents and explosions.
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