*SNOW CHANGE* - FINAL Oral Arguments Against FERC'S Ruling On Behalf of Spectra Pipeline Pipeline: Feb 19, 2014
*SNOW CHANGE*- FINAL Oral Arguments Against FERC'S Ruling On Behalf of Spectra Pipeline Pipeline: Feb 19, 2014
Oral arguments against FERC;s ruling on behalf of Spectra Energy's pipeline will be made on Feb 19, 2014. Below is the press release for NGP, Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch brief focusing on lung cancer deaths due to Radon and cyber threats due to viral malware.
In addition, Jersey City municipality will present their oral arguments relative to how FERC is biased as it is funded by the gas and oil industry stipulated under the National Gas Act.
For Planning Purposes:
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2014: Oral Argument on Health and Environmental Threats of Gas Pipeline
What: An oral argument will be held before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on No Gas Pipeline, Sierra Club, And Food & Water Watch v. FERC. This case addresses some major failings with how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission addresses health and safety threats from a major pipeline that impacts communities in New York and New Jersey.
When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 2 p.m..
Where: E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse and William B. Bryant Annex
333 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Who: Local residents and environmental activists
Petitioners No Gas Pipeline, Sierra Club, and Food & Water Watch have asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC's) grant of authority to Texas Eastern Transmission, LP to construct a major pipeline through densely populated parts of New Jersey, under the Hudson River, and into Manhattan without adequately considering two significant environmental impacts:
FERC failed to assess the number of additional lung cancer deaths among the consumers of gas from this new pipeline caused by carcinogenic Radon contained in the natural gas transported by the pipeline. FERC says it has no proof that most of the gas moving through the pipeline will originate from Marcellus Shale formations. Natural gas produced from Marcellus Shale formations is projected to contain greater concentrations of radon than natural gas produced from traditional sandstone formations. This radon-enriched natural gas will then enter residences when it is burned in gas ranges, fireplaces, and space heaters. Petitioners argue that measurement of radon concentrations and assessment of the number of additional projected lung cancers is required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
FERC failed to require Texas Eastern to demonstrate that the Supervisory Control And Data (SCADA) systems that control its pipelines are adequately protected against a kinetic cyber-attack that could destroy them as was used against the gas centrifuges in Natanz, Republic of Iran by Israeli and U. S. security services. That malware was dubbed “Stuxnet.” It has been reported that far more primitive malware was used by the CIA to destroy a portion of the Trans-Siberian pipeline in 1982, resulting in the largest non-nuclear explosion ever seen by our space reconnaissance satellites.
Contact: W. Ross Scott, Esq., of counsel to Environmental Petitioners, The Ross Scott Law Firm, 607-478-8000 or
John J. (“Jeff”) Zimmerman, Esq., will be arguing the case for the environmental petitioners. He may be reached at Zimmerman & Associates, 240-912-6685.