CSPAN featured Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Politico has this up.
A couple of callers commented on Wellinghoff’s demeanor. He seemed to be no-nonsense. He was formerly a consumer energy advocate. It seemed that he was pro-consumer…but I couldn’t shake a bad feeling I had…
…he mentioned fracking as a viable practice for extracting natural gas at least two or three times during the short interview…and my heart began to sink…
He barely mentioned off grid and solar power, although when he did mention it, it was in a positive light. What I would like to see is federal support for off grid classes in communities. Let people create their own power for their needs, instead of huge coal plants and monstrous pipelines that spill oil (something else he said he was for.)
I hope that I’m wrong, but I can’t shake the feeling that he’s going towards the fracking industry. He kept repeating that it could be done in an environmentally sound way. Bullshit.
A woman caller had the same sentiment as me when she revealed that she is suffering from breast cancer due to methane gas released from fracking. She said that he was feeding people a line and that her own governor was selling her state out from under the people. (Unfortunately, I didn’t catch the state.)
Wellinghoff would not back down and repeated that fracking could be done in an environmentally friendly way. <sigh> So…another former consumer advocate has been bought off…
Speaking of pipelines….
Why am I hearing about this after the fact? Where was public radio BEFORE this took place?
And the Save the Dunes group apparently knew about it but, hey, as long as Enbridge *cough* promises to not spill any of its nasty ole’ oil into our rivers, lakes, and streams, hey, it’s okay with them….because, you know, Enbridge has such a stellar history of concern for the environment and the people and animals that inhabit it. /very snarky, indeed.
From the article:
“IDEM, through its certification, is allowing Enbridge to disregard alternate pipeline routes and other opportunities to reduce and eliminate water quality impacts, in likely violation of the Clean Water Act,” said Kim Ferraro, staff attorney at the Hoosier Environmental Council.
Both Michigan and Illinois have laws governing interstate pipeline routing, requiring companies to assess environmental and community risks, but currently Indiana does not.
Good Grief….my head is about to explode…