You can learn the facts on the proposed 42-inch pipelines in just a few hours. You can educate yourself on the known permanent health hazards of pipeline development which include the air toxins emitted daily along with 24-hour-a-day noise hazards and known water-quality issues.
The source for this course is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which oversees and prepares the Environmental Assessment.
Within the Welcome and Introduction page you are urged to watch the 30-minute YouTube video "Pipeline 42." Within moments, you will understand the actual size of the four proposed pipelines. You will see they are larger at 42 inches in diameter than the Keystone pipeline is at 36 inches. As you see they are larger than the biggest hula hoop by 6-inches around.
The presentation continues with photos of the permanent destruction of Wetzel County following pipeline construction. Note that during the height of construction in 2011, the county experienced its highest unemployment rate.
You will learn the facts on the Dominion/FERC timeline, including the first step called the "Scoping Phase," centering on learning from and interacting with the residents of the effected areas of the route.
Recently, Dominion spokespersons admitted the surveys of the national forest had actually been completed, along with the environmental and archaeological studies. This is in direct opposition to their statements in the national press since April 2014.
The longest class will be on learning all of the Federal laws to be followed by FERC and the natural gas companies, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Air Act, including wetlands protection, storm water management, the pollutant discharge elimination program and New Source Performance Standards Requirements.
The gas companies are required by law to follow the monitoring and reporting laws of the Environmental Compliance Monitoring and Reporting Program and implement an Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan, a Flood Plain Management Program, a Horizontal Directional Drill Contingency Plan and a Blasting Plan.
While there is no credit given for this online course, you will have the glow of confidence in understanding the facts on this proposed pipeline development that would destroy our health and quality of life here, in one of the most beautiful areas of the eastern seaboard of North America.
You graduation present will be the ability and desire to share these facts with others.