TOO much time on Twitter….

In order to keep up with the almost illegal announcements of SunocoLogistics Mariner 1, 2, 3 Pipeline projects it has sent me to a forum where I can post information in a more timely manner. I am anxious to communicate with my fellow locals but when Enviro-Concern announcements are 2 hours before the meeting in rural areas. Please stay on top with the  facts  SUNOCO FALLS UNDER A SPIDER WEB OF NAMES AND IS NOW OFFERING A 5 cent OFF per gallon PR campaign. A small clip from the Bloserville Cumberland/Perry Pipeline awareness Meeting.

{Another landowner from Bloserville, Lenny Witmer, also expressed his anger over how Sunoco Logistics has been handling the situation. Even more so, Witmer could not help but wonder where the landowners’ local representatives and politicians were that he believes should be at the informative meetings supporting landowners.

“I’m really irritated with America, the politicians for one,” Witmer said, “The fact that those guys in Harrisburg or Washington, D.C., will bend over backwards for Sunoco, Wal-Mart, Kmart, you name it … but Lenny Witmer that lives in the middle of nowhere — they don’t care.”

Though, while the verdict is already out for many of the landowners when it comes to how they feel about the project, some remain skeptical about the overall outcome. Oscar Barrick, a resident of the Bloserville area, was present when Sunoco took over the Mariner East 1 pipeline that already runs through western Cumberland County. Barrick noted that he was unaware of any accidents that had occurred since the first pipeline had been built, but also added that the new pipeline was going to be “a lot bigger” than the residents think it is going to be, and that as of now, he is unsure how to feel about the entire subject.

For some, however, it is not the new pipeline that has residents concerned. The pipeline that currently exists, Mariner East 1, falls into the lower 4 percent of the oldest pipelines in the nation having been built in 1931. Sunoco said it has since refurbished some of the line, but the pipeline’s age still leaves Thorpe and company concerned about the safety of residents who already have the pipeline running through parts of their property. Thorpe noted that while she is not completely against the pipeline projects, she added that the biggest issue for her is the fight for safer regulations for the existing and potentially new pipeline that could be making its way into the area.

As of now, nothing is set in stone as to whether or not the pipeline will actually be constructed. However, Thorpe noted that the process has been proposed and that the wheels are in motion to get the new pipeline underway.

Thorpe and Van Fleet will host another information meeting for the public within the next two weeks.}

Again the next meeting was is Lebanon County where they have faced the least opposition and least educated landowners in Central PA.

How many were informed of the “Quentin Firehall ” community meeting on the 16th??? I encourage everyone to follow our FB awareness group and a daily follow of @frackFreeFarm on twitter to make sure you are not fooled by their campaign and PR actions. Obviously local officials are NOT on your side!!!!!!54d2f283eb98b.image

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  1. pystil
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    pystil – February 14, 2015 11:36 am
    Well you can’t expect Wolf to show up but Bloom and state senator should have been there. Some how we need to have pathways for power lines, gas/ oil lines and rail lines. The logical place would be parallel to interstate highways.
  2. gungun
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    gungun – February 13, 2015 9:52 pm
    both Gov Wolfe and STEVE BLOOM were invited, no response from either, so much for our officials

My Time on the Farm… (This Post Has Sound)

Will PA be next state to pass “ag gag” law?

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POSTED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012, 4:05 PM

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly may be wrapping up for the year, but some lawmakers are looking ahead to the coming session. Among them, apparently, is Lancaster County-based Republican Sen. Mike Brubaker, who this fall introduced Pennsylvania’s own version of the “ag gag” laws that have been proposed in some 10 states across the country, and passed in Iowa, Utah and Missouri. The legislation would make it a third-degree misdemeanor to videotape or photograph without permission on a farm, and is plainly a response to an investgation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) into Kreider Egg Farms in Manheim, Pa., released this past April. The investigation had documented “extreme animal abuse,” including severe overcrowding, the finding of dead and mummified bird carcasses inside cages with living hens, hens left without water for days and other gory details.

Brubaker, in a statement, said the farm had been “unfairly targeted by activists,” and that “this case serves as a startling example of the kind of damage that unfounded accusations can create.”

Matt Dominguez, an HSUS spokesman, says that he’s “very worried” that Brubaker, who is not up for re-election, will re-introduce the bill next session. He’s been trying to get the Senator to consider at least consulting with HSUS on any new version of the bill, particularly since he says that the bill, as written, would also make it illegal for whistleblowers to document unsafe working conditions on farms. “While it may not be the intent of the legislation, unfortunately the language is very broad and sweeping.” He says that language makes the bill more extreme than “ag gag” laws passed elsewhere, and warns that it may run up against constitutional free-speech protections.

Dominguez also points out that farms are already legally protected against trespassers, and against staged or falsified videos. “The vides being shown by groups like [HSUS] are 100 percent accurate, and the farmers don’t like it — which is why farms like Kreider Farms are pushing their legislators” to ban such activities.

CP contacted Sen. Brubaker’s office to inquire about his plans to re-introduce the legislation in January. If we hear back, we’ll update here.Posted by Samantha Melamed @ 4:05 PM  Permalink

                                     This will probably be another post that will get me in trouble with some of my farming friends and supporters. This article by Samantha Melamed is a great piece of insight into some of the large scale, Big-Ag Farms that deserve to be taken down.Often some practices of small family farms may be seen as “in-human” but animals are NOT humans, in order to produce the needed output for a “small-farm” to survive it has to entertain some practices that we have as modern consumers don’t seem “loving”. If you have ever butchered a steer or hog or killed chickens, it is not a pretty sight. That though is why everyone can’t be a farmer. A small family-farm can put you as close to that animal’s soul as possible. Once you cut the head off something and watch it die and then utilize every part of that animal it is NOT, frozen,crated, and shipped a few hundred or perhaps thousands of miles from it’s origin and then processed  in the hundeds. In my opinion though, most can’t have a personal flock of chickens or small herd of Grass-fed Beef  in the back yard of their .35 acre plot of paradise they paid $195,000 for (pre recession) or make a run to the Farmer’s Market on a weekly basis. There is an answer here though that may be simpler then you think. Buy Local. Stay Local. The need for community gardens is at an all time high and if you would donate a bit of time to a CSA the cost would drop even more,  The neighbor down the street with little stand that sells cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and peppers is not only personable, they are often cheaper, fresher and often times more likely to barter with. You would be suprised what a small -micro farm is in need of. Often times we forget that the reason why they are farming is not only their love of the land but also because they are eldrly, disabled or literally tied to thier land for one reason or another._______→sweet corn on a country road, it may not be GMO-Free yet but it’s probably because they don’t have an internet connection or they are out picking peppers.—htttp://noharmtothefarm.com

 

The Town Meeting

Today is not going to be a entry regarding Fracking. Tomorrow I’m headed to meet with a local State Representative. In order to get all my ducks in a row and not come across as an “angry activist,” I’m going to spend tonight getting all of my facts and figures correct.. One thing we tend to lose in the excitement of trying to get our point across is the lack of Names, Numbers and Places. I don’t want to try to scare her into my scope of things, I simply want to establish that she and others ignorance has cast a dangerous line that may not be retrievable.