No polluting pipeline here or anywhere

To the editor:

As a concerned homeowner downwind of the proposed Windsor compressor station in the proposed NED gas pipeline, I attended the recent open house presented by Kinder-Morgan in Windsor. I've done a lot of research, and I've learned that this pipeline would be dangerous to humans and the environment. After the following conversation, I am more thoroughly convinced that this pipeline is bad news.

A man next to me asked a Kinder-Morgan representative how much CO2 would be exhausted from the proposed Windsor compressor station, and the rep. said the compressor station would emit "15 tons." When I pressed him, he clarified that this would be "a day."

I did a little research and found that a typical car getting 30 mpg and driving 30 miles per day exhausts about 20 pounds of CO2 into the air daily. It would take 1,500 such cars to produce the CO2 that this ONE compressor station will emit daily. In other words, just one component of this large interstate gas pipeline will daily emit the same amount of carbon as 1,500 cars.

This calculation doesn't even begin to consider the exponentially greater carbon impact of fracking, combustion, pipeline leakage, etc. Moreover, it doesn't consider the carcinogenic compounds that are emitted by gas compressor stations such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, nor does it consider radioactive materials that would be released.


It also doesn't take into account that these toxins will not be released at a steady rate into the atmosphere, but rather in abrupt surges of toxic emissions that will lead to much higher concentrations, threatening anything in the area that breathes. This is air that my children, my wife and I would be breathing if this pipeline is built.

This pipeline must not be allowed to continue, not in my backyard or in anyone else's. Instead of massive investment in new fossil fuels we should put our resources into increases in energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy sources. I urge every concerned citizen to take a stand and speak out.

Jim Markham Plainfield