LNG/ 30 Mile Oil Spill --
Sent to me via email this morning with this subject from PA resident. I think they may have second thoughts about PGW LNG plan?
Although our elected officials and FAA always want to assure us that 'shit' does not happen and their ideas are always perfectly safe for the public, then we have a 30 mile oil spill on the Delaware reaching reaching from Paulsboro NJ to Delaware. How ironic!!!
My response to email:
The issue here again is money. Double hull tankers cost more to build and buy. To put the LNG dock out away from people will cost more money as well. Companies will have to spend more $'s and build the pipe in order to pump and process LNG safley from off shore. Just like PHL/FAA needing to install new guidance and build new runways to use Delaware river will cost more $ and raise fares. Bottom line PHL 17-35 --40 million dollars for 80,000 flights = lowest cost option for the most capacity.
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Information Session --
Please be advised that Lower Merion Township will be sponsoring a brief presentation regarding the PHL 17-35 extension project at 6:30 PM on Wednesday December 1, 2004 in the Board Room of the Township Building located at 75 E. Lancaster Ave Ardmore.
The presenter will be Calvin Davenger the Deputy director of Aviation Planning and Environmental Stewardship at the airport. Mr. Davenger is not affiliated with the FAA and will be presenting the perspective of the airport on this project.
Superintendent Joseph J. Daly
Lower Merion Police Department
Grant Writer(s) Wanted --
The American Working Group for National Policy and Airport Neighbors Defense are looking for a grant writer(s):
The American Working Group for National Policy (AWGNP) and the Airport Neighbors Defense (AND) are looking for a grant request writer(s) to research, create and pursue organizational grants from both governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations.
Please send resume to:
Arlington Heights, IL 60006-1702
The Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare, Inc.
Arlington Hts., IL 60006-1702
Phone: (847) 506-0670
Fax: (847) 506-0202
Highway in the Sky Comments --
Dear Friends: The verse for today is from Proverbs 17:1 -- Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.
I am not quite sure what it is about Saturday that brings on the airplanes but today was yet another major airplane Saturday. I am sitting in my office and it is 5:30 PM. For the past several hours,all day actually, the airplaines have come right over my house every 30 seconds. They are running very low today! Just as the sound on one plane disappears, another is appearing on the horizon. Today it is so loud it is as if I am standing outside rather than in my cozy cottage with the doors and windows closed. This noise distresses my soul!
Last time when I was trying to start up this e-news discussion, I received a few responses to my request for material. I attach those comments here.
All comments are from October:
Observation from Arden,DE
The community activities this weekend that were disrupted by airplane noise
Memorial celebration of Warren Hoffmann's Life: airplane sounds penetrated
the Gild Hall. The noise can be heard on the Arden Archives video-tape of
Arden Craft Shop Museum dedication: The outdoor speeches required
amplification to be heard over the airplanes.
Arden Community Recreation Association Halloween Party. At the outdoor
Moonlight Theater, a campfire was placed in front of the stage. A witch sat
on the stage telling scary stories. The kids sat on the grassy banks. The
plane noise drowned out the stories.
Bev B., Arden, Delaware
I live out in Beaver Valley, and you wouldn't expect the airplanes to have such a huge impact that far out, but they do. Perhaps it's because I'm in the middle of the wildlife refuge, and there isn't much in the way of extraneous ambient noise. I was home late Friday afternoon, doing a bunch of chores. I was dimly aware of the fact that I was hearing a number of birds outside that I haven't heard there before, and was anxious to figure out what they were - but I could barely hear them over the drone of the planes going by. Both ways, it seems from the noise. There was never a point during the two hours or so I was working, that one wasn't inundated
with the noise of not just one, but at least TWO planes overhead at any given time. As you other email so accurately stated, it was another airplane day! And yes, there have been a LOT of those lately! I actually called the noise hotline again Friday afternoon, because I was so frustrated. Of course, they won't bother to reply. I went out later to do some errands on 202, and was astonished while driving down towards Happy Harry's etc., to see plane after plane in the sky - most of which looked like they were crossing 202 no more than a thousand feet up. You could make out plane details, various lights etc. Sometimes I almost think they are doing it in on purpose to drive us nuts! I mean, they have to go out of
their way to fly so low!
Pam C. Beaver Valley (on the DE/PA line)
I just returned from Ramsey Farm in the beautiful Brandywine Valley- my
daughter's first class trip. The children had lots of fun, and guess what... You could ALMOST hear the instructor talk about pumpkins and Indian corn. I say "almost" because the jets kept on coming over that beautiful valley. Obnoxious.
Disgraceful. And yes, VERY frustrating. The jets have been continuous for several days now. Yesterday, we (like so many other Brandywine Hundred residents) were awakened by the roar of jets. My daughter came running in and said, "Mommy, I hear the train!!" Except there is no train in our backyard. It was a jet- sounding like a rocket- over our heads. Our neighborhood is a lovely place to live. Beautiful trees ablaze in color. Problem... hard to enjoy it on those days- or string of days or weeks- when the noise never stops. We live by the winds. How insane is that? We have been taken over by the airline industry. For what?? Flights that arrive on time? Tell it to my daughter as she tries to take a nap today but can't because the noise is so great. And yes, the windows are closed....
President, Northshire Civic Association (DE)
For those of you who have not yet become aware of this issue, I encourage
you to try to stay in a quiet mode every now and then and see if you can
manage a peace and quiet time! I would love to see some more people start
to get up in arms about this. I feel as if I am being driven out of my
Susan W. Arden, DE
Thank you all for your insights. Please send me your comments and how these
planes are affecting your life. I am trying to expand the mailing list so
please share with me if you think someone want to receive or monthly/
Thanks, Susan Warner.
The System is Broken and Must be Fixed ---
Read to community leaders via public forum by Haverford member.
I am a member of the Coalition of Communities against Runway 17-35. We are a citizen group that was formed approximately six weeks ago. Our goal is to unite communities in Delaware County, and neighboring communities, to block the extension of Philadelphia International Airport Runway 17-35. After this issue is settled, the coalition intends to remain in tack, in order to protect the interest of all communities that could be adversely affected by future airport proposals.
The public has joined us in our concerns of the dangers the runway extension posses to our communities. The FAA has heard our concerns. The people who live in the flight path of Runway 17-35 have voiced their opposition to the extension. Civic groups have stepped forward and voiced their opposition.
Community leaders from the region have said NO to the harms of the runway extension. Representatives from different schools and hospitals have expressed their concerns on the negative impact the runway will have on their teachers, students and recovering patients.
Safety concerns from various fire and police departments were expressed.
have spoken out against the expansion. In doing so, they are honoring their commitment to protect, from legislation and other forces, that which would create harm to the quality of life to the citizens they represent.
Is the goal of the FAA to reach out to the various communities that will be affected by the runway extension, to determine their support or opposition to a proposal? If so, the Runway 17-35 Extension proposal answer is coming to them, loud and clear, No, No, No.
The 17-35 Runway Extension proposal is a legitimate threat to our quality of life and we are against the proposal. I am under the belief strong public opposition will determine if the 17-35 Runway Extension proposal will be defeated.
NJCAAN Files Lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
For more information:
Press Officer, NJCAAN
Carter Strickland, Jr, Esq.
Rutgers Environmental Law Clinic
New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise Files Suit To Obtain Agency Documents About Aircraft Noise Impacts
Scotch Plains, NJ—The New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise (NJCAAN) has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) citing the agency’s failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) with regard to the development of the NY/NJ/PHL Airspace Redesign Project, a major reevaluation of all the airplane routes in the tri-State region. The project should affect aircraft noise impacts on millions of citizens in the region.
The suit alleges that the FAA improperly withheld routing and noise modeling from NJCAAN while, at the same time, sharing that information with aviation industry groups. The suit also alleges that the agency failed to hold open meetings with industry groups when considering different routing options.
In June 2003, NJCAAN filed a FOIA request seeking information from the FAA regarding the routing proposals for the Redesign Project. After the passage of many months and administrative appeals, the agency denied NJCAAN’s request citing that the project was under development and any communication that the agency has with its contractors is protected under a deliberative process provision.
NJCAAN believes that the deliberative process provision is unfounded in this case because, among other things, the agency has provided detailed modeling to aviation industry parties outside of the advisory committee process, which is intended to be open.
“The FAA refuses to be an honest broker, choosing to work exclusively with the airlines and turning a deaf ear to citizens affected by these aircraft patterns.” “Unfortunately, we had no alternative but to seek legal action against the agency”, stated Robert Belzer, senior vice president of NJCAAN.
Since 1987 the New Jersey Coalition Against Aircraft Noise has advocated for citizen involvement in environmental issues throughout the state, and promotes ocean routing as a sensible alternative to noise pollution in the metropolitan area. NJCAAN's airspace plans use industrial areas, ocean airspace, higher altitudes and other procedures for noise abatement. These plans bring significant relief to over one million citizens affected by aircraft noise from Newark International Airport; to Bergen and Passaic County residents affected by LaGuardia International Airport; and to Monmouth and Ocean County residents affected by Kennedy International Airport. For further information, please go to NJCAAN’s Web site at www.njcaan.org.
The RTCA is chartered by the FAA as an advisory committee under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is currently comprised of roughly 250 governmental (including the FAA), airlines, aviation services, consultants and other member organizations. For instance, Continental Airlines, Federal Express, and Southwest Airlines are members of the RTCA committees that are involved in development of the Redesign with the FAA. Provisions of the FACA require public participation in advisory committee activities, which include:
• publish meeting minutes and other reports reviewed at closed meetings for public review; and
• committee recommendations should flow through the committee deliberations process and not directly to the agency outside of the public eye.
The FAA’s public disclosure of its activities with the RTCA has been limited to cursory minutes of committee meetings. NJCAAN believes that this information falls far short of the intent of the FACA. NJCAAN is seeking this information to comment on the Redesign Project.
The FAA has yet to publish a detailed report-- due by April 1, 2004-- on all components of the redesign project mandated by the 2004 Department of Transportation (DOT) Bill. The report must include all noise reduction and ocean routing modeling. Both Representatives Frelinghuysen and Rothman serve on the House Committee on Appropriations. (The language from the Appropriations Bill is listed below.)
DEPARTMENTS OF TRANSPORTATION AND TREASURY AND INDEPENDENT AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2004
National airspace redesign- The Committee directs that, of the funds provided for national airspace redesign, not less than $6,500,000 shall be allocated to airspace redesign activities in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. The Committee also directs FAA to submit, not later than April 1, 2004 a report to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on the New York/New Jersey airspace redesign effort. This report should include details on all planned components and elements of the redesign project, including details on aircraft noise reduction and any ocean routing modeling that has been conducted.
LOCAL PUBLIC HEARING ON AIRPORT RUNWAY EXPANSION SCHEDULED
The Federal Aviation Administration will a public hearing Monday evening in Folsom on the proposed expansion of Runway 17-35 at Philadelphia International Airport.
The first hearing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ridley Community Center Auditorium, 801 Morton Ave. in Folsom.
The hearing will focus on the FAAs draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed runway extension. Philadelphia International Airport wants to extend Runway 17-35 so that commuter airlines with regional jets, which require more runway space than turboprop planes, can use the runway and reduce congestion on the airports longer runways. Two alternatives are being considered: one would expand the runway, which is currently 5,500 feet long, to a total length of 6,500 feet
; the other would expand the runway to a total of 7,500 feet
The draft Environmental Impact Statement concludes that neither alternative would have significant impacton surrounding communities and residents, but many public officials disagree, saying the extension could increase noise and air pollution in places like Haverford Township, which is on the flight path of Runway 17-35, about seven miles away.
Residents who have concerns or who want to comment on the runway expansion and its potential environmental impact are encouraged to attend Mondays public hearing. If you cannot attend Mondays hearing in Folsom, three others will be held during the week in the region. They are scheduled as follows:
·7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 at West Deptford High School Auditorium, 1600 Crown Point Road in Westville, N.J.
·7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 at Brandywine High School Auditorium, 1400 Foulk Road in Wilmington, Del.
·7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Eastwick at the Meadows, 6630 Lindbergh Boulevard in Philadelphia
A draft copy of the Environmental Impact Statement can be reviewed online at the following Web site: www.phlrunway17-35eis.com, and at the Haverford Township Free Library. More information about the draft EIS and the runway expansion project is available on the Web site or by contacting Susan McDonald, FAA Environmental Protection Specialist, c/o VHB, 101 Walnut St., P.O. Box 9151, Watertown, MA 02471-9151; phone (717) 730-2833.
Michael J. Herzing
Legislative Communications Office
PA House of Representatives
G-18 Irvis Office Building
It just seems like hell !! ---
Average 10 percent reduction in airline fares from PHL and the employees get rewarded for their hard work with a 21 percent court ordered pay cut? I wonder what Ed "convention center" Rendell thinks about the "success" of this airport at the expense of (PIT) and the communities surrounding PHL? I am betting my money on --that Rendell is thinking about how he will defend the charges of voter fraud (at PA prisons) and controversy over absentee ballot deadline for overseas soldiers. GOP (Santorum) might also want to "investigate" why the "Demander and Chief" did not do so well in PA on November 2nd?
Speaking of prisons see comments from Tinicum resident via email this week:
Last year their plan was to shrink each exterior wall by 2" of sound-proofing and put in air tight windows with a electric ventilator. I guess if the power goes out it is OK w/ them that we would suffocate.... Still sounds like punishment. There is a meeting this week about the sound insulation program on November 10th you may want to go.
"Ding" -- "I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it's hell." - Harry Truman
Machinists: US Air offer ‘atrocious’
By KRISTIN SMITH, firstname.lastname@example.org 10/27/2004
TINICUM -- Minutes after calling a US Airways proposed contract "absolutely atrocious" Tuesday morning, Bob Boland, president of the machinists union, ripped up the proposal and threw it into the air to a round of applause from hundreds of union members.
'We were lied to,' say airport officials
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
By Dan Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the bankruptcy documents filed yesterday, the airport authority asked Alexandria, Va., bankruptcy judge Stephen Mitchell to ensure that Pittsburgh International Airport has "adequate notice" if US Airways decides to reject its leases again. It also wants US Airways to decide on any rejected leases by Jan. 20, instead of the April 30 deadline requested by US Airways. The judge will consider both requests Tuesday.
Airfares Down at PHL Airport; Southwest a Likely Factor -- KYW Newsradio 1060am
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IT’S ANOTHER AIRPLANE DAY
"I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God.... The Holy Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Today is Saturday, another airplane day! As I am listening to the ever present screaming of jet engines overhead each and every 30 seconds I am reminded of why I bought my house 24 years ago in historic Arden, Delaware. There was no highway in the sky in 1980.
Arden is sort of a crazy place. It has its own laws and it’s own peculiar way of thinking about the world. We do crazy things. Our town insists that residents ask permission before cutting down a tree. Our instincts for preservation are legend. Some years ago Arden was awarded a coveted place on the National Register of Historic Places because we love the past, not for it’s own sake but rather because so much of what we have lovingly preserved makes for a pleasant and wonderful life. We do like to preserve things in Arden. We have a history museum to keep records and memories of our community which go back to the 1908 when it was founded by George Stephens of Philadelphia. Most recently the town of Arden purchased a property adjacent to our town land just to provide a natural buffer to development. This property becomes part of our precious Sherwood Forest and will provide one of two buffer zones separating Arden from the encroachment of insistent sprawl. Arden residents savor that separateness which in some ways permits us to taste our own individualities and our own yearnings for a calmer more peaceful life even in the midst of this hectic northeast corridor..
Of course we pay some of the highest property taxes in the County. We pay high taxes to be able to enjoy many open spaces and green areas, walking paths, playgrounds and community buildings. We have what many people envy which is a real Community of people who know each other and care for each other. And residents here, while most are far from wealthy, are willing to pay to maintain this life style they earnestly cherish.
My next door neighbor was so concerned for the environment, he even brought our community to pay attention to the runoff from industrial and home development originating way upstream on Naaman’s Creek (Arden’s northern town buffer zone), The runoff was causing unacceptable flooding several miles downstream in our own community. He was a little crazy. He thought “ the environment” in microcosm and macrocosm was important to preserve and to properly steward. And one thing he noticed was that the law of “cause and effect” or as the bible puts it, “sowing and reaping” was a law that could not be rebuked just because it was being abused by contemporary society.
Now that we have this troublesome airplane highway overhead day and night. I had almost forgotten why we bought our home in Arden so long ago. More than twenty five years ago, the community valiantly and more or less successfully fought the expansion of Harvey Road and exit ramps onto I- 95. Sometimes I wonder how much it would cost to now buy back our airspace?
Susan Warner , Arden, DE
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Businesses that create conditions that negatively affect segments of the citizens of this country must stop from continuing these practices. If they will not stop, or modify practices, then I request, once again, that our government representatives take whatever steps that are necessary to protect it's citizens by applying lawful means at it's disposal, including the force of the law as necessary, to alleviate the negative conditions.
It is clear that conditions in our communities are deteriorating as a direct result of the air transport system's decisions that are driven by profits - profits derived from reducing schedule delays; and minimizing costs. Certain and large segments of the population are discriminated against because they are subject to extreme adverse conditions. Specifically, by creating extended, single line, low altitude landing pathways: air pollution is concentrated along these pathways; high noise conditions are concentrated along these pathways; accident risk to those in proximity of these pathways is increased. The consequences of these adverse conditions is that there is higher potential for negative physical and psychological injury to citizens subject to these conditions through no fault of their own. In addition, the financial well being of citizens subject to these conditions can be reduced because property values
may be reduced.
Nate Cloud, Director - Darley Civic Association and past president
The historic precedent for inaction is that #'s of flights (operations)have been relatively low (compared to today), and the public has been generally apathetic because of a sense of no immediate danger. long term affects on morbidity and mortality of noise stress and air pollution have been unknown, and difficult to relate to specific causes, until collective evidence becomes overwhelming as in the asbestos, and tobacco use cases.
Current insatiable demands for more profits and elimination of even the smallest degree lost transport/travel time have caused the air travel/transport industry to establish straight line low altitude pathways in the sky, that reach out for many miles over the communities of unsuspecting citizens, and pack as many aircraft along these pathways as possible - perhaps even to the point of unsafe practice. this practice in my opinion is in effect like a government agency ripping a ground highway through a community with out due process.
Furthermore it is apparent that safe alternatives exist but these have not been implemented, presumably becuase of higher cost (lower profits) to the air travel/transport industry. The unfair trade-off is obvious and should be illegal.
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