There are fights against new pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure around the country as people demand an end to carbon-based energy and a rapid transition to clean renewable energy. We speak with three people who are deeply involved in pipeline fights about the impacts these projects have on their communities and the lengths that fossil fuel companies will go to in order to protect their profits. In Western Maryland and West Virginia, TransCanada wants to build a pipeline under the Potomac River in a place where the geology is very porous and a spill will poison the drinking water for 6 million people. In Pennsylvania, Sunoco is building a pipeline that will carry fracked gas to an export terminal on the Delaware River. The company is harassing families who do not want the pipeline built. And in Louisiana, in the Bayou region known as Cancer Alley, Energy Transfer Partners is trying to build a final leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline that will harm mostly lower income communities of color.
Relevant articles and websites:
Hundreds Continue to Fight Mariner East 2 Pipeline Plan by Bill Rettew
Brooke Harper is the Maryland DC Policy Director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
Elise Gerhart of Huntingdon County in Pennsylvania is fighting to stop Sunoco and Energy Transfer Partners from building a pipeline on her family’s land.
Pastor Harry Joseph of the Mount Triumph Baptist Church in St. James, Louisiana, is taking legal action to prevent the Bayou Bridge pipeline from being built in his community, roughly 50 miles west of New Orleans. He is named as a plaintiff in a case filed by the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, petitioning the Parish Court to overturn the coastal permit that the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) gave Energy Transfer Partners, the company that built the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. He is active with the HELP Association (Humanitarian Enterprise of Loving People).