landowners by the use of
which allows the government to expropriate privateproperty for public use. The Dominion pipeline would disrupt the farmland it runs through,negatively impacting landowners and disrupting sensitive ecological habitats. The pipeline wouldalso justify other pipeline expansion projects regionally, further industrializing this region.
Methane is a Potent Greenhouse Gas, Not a Bridge to Sustainability
A change from burning coal to the use of fracked gas will promote rapid climate change. Frackedmethane gas is a potent greenhouse gas, many times more damaging than carbon dioxide,particularly when looking at a span of time over 20 years. According to a study done by ProfessorsRobert Howarth and Tony Ingra
ea of Cornell University, when we take into account the full lifecycle of extraction of methane gas via fracking, transmission of the gas, and then burning it, thegreenhouse gas e
ect is close to that of burning coal and in fact may be much worse. Fracked gashas an intensely adverse e
ect on climate change, and should not be considered a solution.
Who is impacted by repowering to fracked gas?Landowners-
Rights of way for the pipeline will be taken from individual landowners by eminentdomain. Pipelines are disruptive, running through and damaging farms and sensitive ecologicalhabitat.
The cost for the conversion of the plant, up to 370 million dollars, will bepaid for by ratepayers, in a time when many are already struggling. Lower income folks will bedisproportionately aï¬
ected by these rate hikes.
Analyzing a similar repowering proposal in Dunkirk, NY, National Grid calculated thatthe number of jobs lost due to the impact of the rate hikes would exceed the number of jobscreated at that plant itself. Furthermore, Gas-ﬁred plants, like the one proposed, are unsafe andprone to deadly explosions. In 2010 in Connecticut, a similar plant exploded killing six people andinjuring over 60.
Most of the gas will come from fracking in shaleﬁelds across the country.This means that people living near fracking pads will face serious public health risks, groundwatercontamination, the e
ects of industrialization and the destruction of agricultural ways of life.Increasing demand for gas also increases the likelihood of fracking in New York.