Williams Transcontinental (Transco) continues massive PR campaign to claiming burning natural gas releases no toxins to the nearby area.
Transco has recently been publishing to newspapers, Twitter and media releases in a mad dash to squash the significant number of public input (greater than 2,500 people) that has raised serious issues regarding chemical emissions, environmental impact and long-term chronic health impact to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Transco persistently misleads the public making what I believe to be, false claims – even to the extent of claiming that 40 years out there will be no contamination of the local water. As will be laid out in this open letter to the public, it will become clear to readers how this claim is impossible.
A local online newspaper recently published an article and, Transco spokesperson Christopher Stockton states that the proposed compressor station “would not negatively affect water quality.” Stockton adds that the regulatory and permitting process is “robust, protecting the health and safety of the public.”
Both of Stockton’s comments are misrepresentative of the facts and contradict what Transco identifies in the FERC application submission.
Included in this letter are tables extracted from Transco’s application file 28_Vol_1_NESE_Resource_Report_9_air-LARGE-20170327-5102(32053902).pdf on pages 47-48 and page 122. Original file can be found on FERC (Full Application, File 28). From these tables, it is clear that annually, the proposed compressor station will emit on a continual basis, literally tons of chemicals into the air. Many of these chemicals are most toxic when airborne and since heavier than air they will initially contaminate the surrounding air and eventually contaminate nearby soil and water within a 10 to 15-mile radius, depending on weather patterns.
Since the emissions of these chemicals are primarily through the natural gas compressor turbines, the chemicals are launched into the air out of 2 50’ smokestacks (each 8 feet in diameter) at a rate of 210,000 cubic feet per minute. Click here for chart.
Note: Exhaust temperature is actually higher than the temperature reported on page 48. On page 105 of File 28, Transco includes the run-states for the 2 MARS100 turbines and denotes temperatures greater than 900°F at the top of the smokestack.
One pages 47-48 and page 122 of File 28, Transco posts ‘estimated’ emissions of chemicals. To date across all of the Transco projects, I have not seen any validation of the quantities of these emissions. Since the run-states are higher than the estimates, there is a likelihood that the chemicals are higher also.
Estimated Emissions supplied from Transco
- Estimated emissions from proposed compressor, in tons per year: CO - 56.86; NOx - 22.74; VOC – 8.35; PM10 - 18.94; PM2.5 - 18.94; SO2 – 3.07; and GHG (natural gas) - 132,720.
- Estimated caustic chemical emissions, in pounds per year: Formaldehyde 660lbs; Ammonia 29,580lbs; HCHO3 320lbs; Acetaldehyde 44lbs; Acrolein 6lbs; Benzene 14lbs; Ethylbenzene 34lbs; Propylene Oxide 32lbs; Toluene 142lbs and Xylenes 70lbs.
As seen throughout the application process, Transco appears to fudge numbers, images, and descriptions to make negative impacts of the project look benign.
Contrary to Transco’s supposition that regulatory and permitting process is robust, Transco’s misleading claims will not be fact-checked unless the public pushes FERC and State agencies to validate.
Additionally, the permitting process does not even review these chemical emissions, since the estimated emissions do not take into consideration accumulation over many years of operation, but instead, only 1 year.
Reviewing Stockton’s comment regarding no impact by 2045 is not possible. To understand potential contamination, the exercise of multiplying the chemical emissions by 25 years gives significant accumulative potential to the surrounding area. Trap Rock will incur significant contamination of these chemicals after 25 years of continued output.
Several chemicals accumulative potential examples over 25 years
Ammonia = 739,500 pounds; Formaldehyde = 16,500 pounds; Benzene 350 pounds; Toluene 3,550 pounds;
Since these chemicals are airborne, the contamination distribution and concentration will reach most of Franklin Township. Additionally, as airborne, these chemicals are more dangerous to humans and all other living organisms as noted by the CDC, NIH and AMA.
Yet, no federal or state permit assesses that real danger to human health or the immediate area.
If you would like to learn more about Transco’s proposed project and how it will impact your family’s health, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The more people we have registering with ferc.govas an intervenor to this project, the stronger our voice becomes for pushing additional safety requirements and contesting the validity of this project is a public convenience. It can also influence FERC to add additional requirements to Transco and perform more health analysis and environmental impact. We have seen from our comments to FERC Transco has had to republish false data and pursue additional impact analysis, such as using outdated 12+-year-old Bing maps and claiming that they were created in 2016 and claiming to have no idea about the MARS 100 turbine despite having 3 installed prior to 2016.
Your voice does make a difference if you use it. It takes little time and a small group of us are more than happy to help you understand how you can make a difference.
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