“Pipeline Safety and Our Community” – Forum Sept 17th Wellsboro, PA

“Pipeline Safety and Our Community”
A Free Forum – September 17, 2014 6:30 – 8:30pm Location: Tokishi Training Center, 124 NYPUM Drive,Wellsboro, PA 16901

Members of the public, public officials, businesses, water and wastewater utilities are invited to attend a free public education forum titled, “Pipeline Safety and Our Community” on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Tokishi Training Center, 124 NYPUM Drive in Wellsboro. Click for map and directions>>

The forum seeks to raise awareness about pipeline risks and increase safety through public education. Speakers will examine the issues surrounding pipeline safety, ways to prevent the risk of injury or damage to property and pipelines, and how to improve community planning near existing and future pipelines using the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) recommendations.

Pipelines are widely seen the safest way to transport natural gas. However, leaks, spills and catastrophic accidents do happen despite modern methods. Many pipelines in Pennsylvania are aging. Rural areas are seeing installation of much bigger higher-pressure natural gas pipelines than in the past as the result of the push to get Marcellus gas to markets. Between 10,000 and 25,000 miles of gathering pipeline could be built by 2030, according to an estimate by The Nature Conservancy. Despite pleas to call 811 to learn the location of underground utilities before starting any digging, a recent survey by the Common Ground Alliance found that 51 percent of American homeowners who planned to dig this year for typical “do it yourself” projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, and building a deck or patio, will put themselves and their community at risk of injury because they did not plan to call 811 before starting. (Common Ground Alliance).

Jim Weaver, Director of Planning for Tioga County said, “It is really important for the general public in our area to hear this information. While our emergency responders and first responders are getting good training, we also need to enlist help from the public to become an educated partner to keep our communities safe. Knowing how to identify a leak or potential pipeline hazard, what to do in that event, getting into the habit of calling 811 whenever digging in your yard, we appreciate having the forum because there is no dedicated venue that provides this important information at this time.”

Mr. Weaver and Julie Kollar, Director of the Water Resources Education Network, a project of the League of Women Voters of PA., will moderate the session. Speakers will include Lynda Farrell, Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Coalition, Dr. Roberta Winters, Pipeline Safety Lead with the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Jim Larkin, Regional Liaison with PA 811 One Call System, followed by a panel discussion with pipeline operators and Emily Krafjack, President of COGENT, which is providing training for first responders in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga and Wyoming Counties.

Forum sponsors include the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, The Water Resources Education Network, and the Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.

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