Pipeline Protestors Are Younger, More Colorful
Protestors who are writing to FERC to express their
dissatisfaction with pipeline projects are getting younger and more
A first or second grader, judging by her handwriting, sent a
letter to Commission Secretary David Boergers citing her dismay
with the siting of a compression station near Parshallville, MI,
for the proposed Vector Pipeline [CP98-131, CP98-133]. "Dear Mr.
Boergers [with a backward s], please don't build the gas plant here
and make the horses and cows and sheep go away. Thank you, Annie."
She provided FERC with a drawing of a horse for effect.
A 14-year-old also said she was "writting" FERC because "I feel
that it is wrong of you [Vector] to build your plant" in that area.
"My church is right across the highway from this sight and I do not
want to take the chance of our church blowing up for the second
time. I would greatly appreciate [it] if you could find a new
location for your building."
A couple from Lone Jack, MO, who submitted comments in FERC's
proceeding on the landowner-notification process, used color photo
inlays to drive home the point of notifying residents about
pipeline projects early in the process [RM98-17]. The main color
inlay showed the couple's backyard with a swing set and slide in
the foreground and a Williams Pipelines Central compressor station
in the background.
Under the photo inlay, the couple wrote: "The facility presents
an unwanted/unnecessary hazard, is noisy, is an eyesore, and
devalues property. We were cheated out of our opportunity to work
with the company, FERC, federal, state and local agencies before
approval. Would you like your children to play here?"
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