Farm Progress

Pennsylvania State Grange meeting will discuss property owners’ rights, routes and more.

John Vogel, Editor, American Agriculturist

January 9, 2017

1 Min Read
MORE PIPELINES TO BE PLUMBED: With recent federal actions, construction of a number of Pennsylvania pipelines is expected to move forward.

Few things roil Pennsylvania farmers and landowners like the threat of new natural gas pipelines being plumbed across their lands. Recent federal court and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decisions favoring pipeline development make it a hot topic.

That’s why Pennsylvania State Grange will host a public informational program on the issues at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 in the Delaware Room of the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg. Allow plenty of time to get there. The event takes place during Pennsylvania Farm Show, and you may have to use Farm Show parking and bus transportation.

Experts will field a range of questions including:
• Where are the pipelines going now and what are prospective routes?
• What property owner rights need to be addressed?  What role does eminent domain play?
• What will the economic impact be to PA’s economy?
• What are environmental considerations during the installation process and after?
• How much natural gas going through the pipelines will go to Pennsylvanians and how much elsewhere?
• What will the economic benefit be to the Pennsylvania economy?

Presenters include Stephanie Wissman, executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania; Mike Atchie, manager of public outreach for Williams Cos., eastern division; and Tom Sniscak, attorney with Hawke, McKeon & Sniscak LLP.

About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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