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Bill Huston

Stop The Pipeline Declares Victory – But Is It Final?

WILLIAMS TAKES $145M WRITEOFF

Stop The Pipeline

Declares Victory

– But Is It Final?

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Constitution Pipeline was planned to cross 125 miles from Northeastern Pennsylvania’s fracking fields, skirting southern Otsego County, to connect with the Iroquois pipeline in eastern Schoharie County to transmit natural gas to the NYC metropolitan area.

The Stop the Pipeline website declared “ding-dong, the witch is dead” after receiving the news in an e-mail sent out overnight by by attorney Anne Marie Garti of Stop The Pipeline.

It declared: “Williams, the major investor in the proposed Constitution Pipeline, has written off its investment and stated that it has halted its investment in the project.”

She added, “After almost eight years of effort, Stop The Pipeline has won this epic battle.  Our next task is to make sure the easements are removed from landowners’ deeds.”

HUSTON: When CNG Trucks Crash, Public Should Be Told

LETTER from BILL HUSTON

When CNG Trucks Crash,

Public Should Be Told

To the Editor:

I have never seen this complete list (see box, above) before now. I don’t think anyone has compiled this data before now.

There are probably many more which did not make it to the newspapers. You are one of the first to see this.

This list was not easy to compile! Few of these names were in the newspaper.

My purpose here is not to violate anyone’s privacy.

However, IF it is true that these vehicles are unsafe and causing injuries and death, then someone should be tracking this data.

Someone should be keeping track of these incidents, and tracking the workers’ specific injuries, progress and recovery. As far as I can tell, no “official” agency is doing this.

These industry workers are REAL PEOPLE, and deserve our compassion and support. Industry wants to keep this information secret and away from the public’s view, and they hide behind medical privacy laws to
get away with it.

The manufacturers (Hexagon Composites, Quantum Fuel Systems), with the operators (NG Advantage and XNG), and the regulators (USDOT/PHMSA, DOE, FERC) should work together to ensure these vehicles operate in a safe manner, ensuring the general public, and the workers aren’t in danger.

WILLIAM HUSTON

Dimmock, Pa.

Huston has been monitoring CNG trucking from his home in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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