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November 3, 2012

Pipeline problems seem exaggerated

A few comments about the pipeline. I think we can all agree natural gas is becoming a major source of energy. I personally prefer to see it moved by pipeline, safer, more efficient, more economical, and more environmentally friendly. Do we want possibly 2,000-plus tankers of gas on our highways everyday traveling in this area to markets in the Northeast?

I know there is speculation a pipeline will draw fracking to the area. I live seven miles from the Tenneco (Tennessee Gas) pipeline in the West Winfield area. In 60 years of existence, I have never heard of any problems, nor have I seen any gas drilling rigs. Apparently drill rigs are not attracted to pipelines like flies to honey. I read where one lady wrote there will be no jobs for local people. Pipeline companies will import experienced workers. I saw the same about drilling. Later I read about people driving 100 miles south to work in the gas fields. Apparently we have many experienced gas field workers in the state. One of my classmates worked on the Tenneco line during the summer between our junior and senior years in high school. Hardly and imported, experienced worker.

After reading how this problem could happen and that problem could happen, the line could also be moving gas without problems for 100 years. Very unlikely anyone here today would ever know, would we?

I noted after the County Board voted to endorse the line, Sustainable Otsego promised to replace the two representatives from the Oneonta area with anti-pipeline people. After seeing the ad in the Daily Star with President Obama stating, “I want to encourage natural gas production” and “Fracking can be done safely,” are the anti-pipeline, anti-frack people planning to replace him, also?

Fred Igel

West Winfield

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