Pipelines Endanger Water Supply


In this June 20, 2017, Roanoke Times commentary by Tina Smusz, a retired medical practitioner and assistant professor of medicine who volunteers full-time addressing environmental threats to the Roanoke and New River Valleys comments on a May 28, 2017 opinion piece by Shawn Posey, Senior Vice President for Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction & Engineering, on “MVP’s commitment to safety and natural resources.”

Smusz writes that, “Mr. Posey neglected to detail the harmful (and permanent) effects expected to water, arguably our most important natural resource” and discusses all the ways in which the MVP threatens the water supply of the immediate and wider area. She notes that Posey did not address safety at all, specifically the threats from “toxins associated with construction, operation and maintenance of this high pressure pipeline,” including insecticides, carcinogenic compounds, methane, and radioactive sediment left in pipes because methane used in fracking contains high levels of radon which leads to radioactive deposits in the pipe.

“Finally, Mr. Posey did not reveal the fact that ALL pipelines leak. The EPA acknowledged in 2012 that pipeline leaks accounted for more than 10 percent of total methane emissions from U.S. natural gas systems.” Recent studies show rising leakage rates and also show “transmission lines installed in the 2010s are failing at a significantly higher rate than those installed in earlier decades, including the 1940s.”

We are sure Dominion’s Aaron Ruby would present the same rosy picture of pipelines as Posey did, ignoring exactly the same harmful and permanent effects that Posey ignored.

Read the full article here.