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Pipeline & pols

| Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been asked to give permission to Spectra Energy to install a new 36-inch pipeline to carry Marcellus shale natural gas to market.

Spectra's TEAM 2014 Project proposes an additional 600,000 dekatherms of natural gas in high-pressure interstate pipelines. There is a history of safety issues with Spectra Energy.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration cited Spectra for 17 violations in safety operations and procedures.

Texas Eastern, the Spectra subsidiary that would build the new pipeline, received the EPA's seventh highest penalty assessment on record for PCB contamination.

One would think that local, state and federal politicians would be concerned for their constituents' welfare. I have notified their offices on more than one occasion of the impending dangerous pipeline. State Rep. Deberah Kula, D-52, and state Sen. Richard Kasunic, D-32, were the only concerned elected officials.

There is a need to establish and enforce ethical standards to insulate regulatory agencies from political or financial influences provided by the natural gas companies and their agents.

It is my concern that the elected officials who did not respond to my information are being influenced by either financial means or another method of persuasion.

Cyndi Kumor

Menallen Township

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