New Pipelines, Not Old Ones, the Problem

Editor, News-Register:

Regarding April 12 article “DEP: Marshall Pipeline Rupture Scorches Trees Over Two Acres.”

I have not kept count of the number of natural gas pipeline ruptures in the tri-state area over the last 10 years or so. But my general feeling of what I remember goes like the following.

If you total the number for pipelines owned by gas companies and suppliers providing service to residential and industrial customers, it would be zero.

If you total the number for hurriedly constructed, apparently often shabby, pipelines owned by assorted companies involved with drilling and transporting natural gas from Utica and Marcellus shale wells, it would come to 10, or 15, or 20 or more.

Quite a difference! I thought the drilling and all related companies promised us they would do no wrong or harm while pursuing their fortunes.

I use general references to those involved because you don’t know who owns who, who is owned by who, who changed hands yesterday, who got out of the business and who’s about to purchase who.

James Wisialowski