Williams Announces Latest Recipients of Community Grants

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Williams today announced the recipients of the second cycle of the Atlantic Sunrise Community Grant Program, awarding more than $365,000 to 42 organizations that reside in, and/or provide services to communities where the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project would be constructed and operated.

Grants up to $10,000 per applicant are being awarded to eligible organizations to fund projects that provide benefit to local communities or the environment.

Earlier this year, Williams distributed more than $350,000 to 49 organizations during the grant program’s inaugural cycle. Today’s announcement brings the total awards announced during 2015 to more than $725,000.

One of the 42 recipients is the Clinton County Department of Emergency Services, which plans to use their $10,000 grant to aid in the purchase of much-needed equipment.

“This grant will be used to purchase much-needed equipment for our newly acquired foam trailer, as well as to purchase vital protective gear to help keep our crew safe,” said Robert Moore, Training Coordinator, Clinton County Department of Emergency Services. “We sincerely appreciate this grant and the support Williams is providing to the community.”

Another recipient is the Library System of Lancaster County, which is using its $9,612 grant to help students participate in environmental educational programs at local libraries.

“The summer reading program plays an integral role in bolstering literacy and supplementing academic learning for over 20,000 Lancaster County youth,” said Brandon Danz, President, Board of Directors, Library System of Lancaster County. “With this grant, the Library System of Lancaster County will expand the program to include new topics such as environmental education.”

The Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy in Columbia County is using its $10,000 grant award to help improve stream water quality.

“We are very grateful for this grant, which will aid in the installation of fencing and crossings to help keep livestock out of the stream and away from the stream banks in an effort to improve stream water quality,” said Renee Carey, Executive Director, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Two cycles of Atlantic Sunrise grant awards are announced each year. The next cycle of grant awards will be announced next spring.

Atlantic Sunrise Project Director Chris Springer says that Williams received nearly 150 grant applications during the second cycle from many deserving organizations.

“We have been very pleased with the response we’ve received from communities who have benefited from the Atlantic Sunrise community grant program,” said Springer. “We are excited to be able to help support so many deserving organizations, especially during this time of year when budgets are tight and fundraising needs are even more magnified.”

Second cycle grant dollars were dispersed in the following broad categories: emergency response ($214,963), education ($59,747), environmental initiatives ($19,500), and recreation or community enhancement projects ($71,042).

 

Second Cycle Award Recipients

  • Clinton County Department of Emergency Services – Emergency Response Team (Clinton, Pa) –Emergency Equipment. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Citizens Hose Company #5 (Clinton, Pa) – Three Fire Department Appliances for Water Delivery. Grant Award: $6,758
  • City of Lock Haven (Clinton, Pa) – In-Car Video Camera System Project. Grant Award: $5,000
  • Hemlock Township Fireman’s Relief (Columbia, Pa) – Firefighter Turnout Gear. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Locust Township Police Department (Columbia, Pa) – Digital Mobile Radios. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy (Columbia, Pa) – Columbia County Stream Crossings. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Bloomsburg University Foundation, Inc. (Columbia, Pa) – Professional U Program Support. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Hemlock Township Police Department (Columbia, Pa) – Radio/video Equipment Upgrade. Grant Award: $9,963
  • L.R. Appleman Elementary School (Columbia, Pa) – Technology in the Classroom. Grant Award: $9,802
  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (Columbia, Pa) – Digital Portable Radios. Grant Award: $9,558
  • Millville Community Fire Company (Columbia, Pa) – Turn Out Gear. Grant Award: $8,750
  • Cleveland Township Board of Supervisors (Columbia, Pa) – Temporary Power Transfer Switch. Grant Award: $5,600
  • Montour Township Fire Company (Columbia, Pa) – Backup Generator. Grant Award: $5,000
  • Mifflin Township Forest Rangers & Fire Co (Columbia, Pa) – Brush/Utility Apparatus Modifications. Grant Award: $3,800
  • Catawissa Hose Co. #1 (Columbia, Pa) – Energy Efficient Lighting Upgrade. Grant Award: $ 2,755
  • Keystone Wildfire Crew, Inc. (Lancaster, Pa) – Radio Communications. Grant Award: $10,000
  • La Academia: The Partnership Charter School (Lancaster, Pa) – Science Lab. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Northwest Lancaster County Regional Police Department (Lancaster, Pa) – Training/Emergency Preparedness Room. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Penn Manor Education Foundation (Lancaster, Pa) – Microscopes for Science Education and Exploration. Grant Award: $9,945
  • Library System of Lancaster County (Lancaster, Pa) – Summer Reading Educational Environmental Programs. Grant Award: $9,612
  • Conservation Foundation of Lancaster County (Lancaster, Pa) – Environmental Literacy Project. Grant Award: $9,500
  • Quarryville Fire Company (Lancaster , Pa) – Fire/Police Communications Grant Award: $10,000
  • Mt. Gretna Community Volunteer Fire Company (Lebanon, Pa) – Replace Out-dated Gas Meters. Grant Award: $ 7,000
  • Lehman Township (Luzerne, Pa) – EMA & Police Protective Gear. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Ross Township (Luzerne, Pa) – Township Building Emergency Generator. Grant Award: $9,730
  • Shavertown Volunteer Fire Department (Luzerne, Pa) – Firefighter/Public Safety. Grant Award: $8,390
  • Unityville Vol. Fire Co (Lycoming, Pa) – Thermal Imager. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Lairsdville Community Volunteer Fire Company and Ambulance (Lycoming, Pa) – Ambulance Purchase and Lettering. Grant Award: $ 10,000
  • Franklin Township Board of Supervisors (Lycoming, Pa) – German Road Cemetery Cleanup Project. Grant Award: $1,100
  • Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation (Lycoming, Pa) – Alabaster Coffee at Williamsport Area High School. Grant Award: $ 10,000
  • Milton Public Library (Northumberland, Pa) – Rose Hill Carriage House Renovation. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Ralpho Township (Northumberland, Pa) – Gymnasium Floor Upgrade Grant Award: $10,000
  • The Friendship Fire and Hose Company #1 (Northumberland, Pa) – Protective Gear. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Kulpmont Borough (Northumberland, Pa) – Storm-water Drain Repair. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Upper Augusta Vol. Fire Company (Northumberland, Pa) – Essential Equipment /Fire Hose. Grant Award: $7,989
  • Ravine Fire Company No 1 (Schuylkill, Pa) – Emergency Back-up Generator Installation. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Tremont Baseball Incorporates (Schuylkill, Pa) – Scoreboard, Batting Cage and Tractor Replacement. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Tri-Valley School District (Schuylkill, Pa) – CNC Plasma Cutting System. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Harford Lenox Baseball Association (Susquehanna, Pa) – Field Restoration and Improvement. Grant Award: $5,000
  • Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Assoc., Inc. (Wyoming, Pa) – Rescue Bunker Gear. Grant Award: $10,000
  • F.W.M. Volunteer Fire Company (Wyoming, Pa) – Replace Fire Company Tanker. Grant Award: $10,000
  • Wyoming County Historical Society (Wyoming, Pa) – Reader/Printer Scanner. Grant Award: $10,000

Grant applications can be completed here. Applications must be submitted by March 1 and Sept. 1.

 

Improvements in Air Quality, Health a Direct Benefit of Natural Gas Development

It’s well known that natural gas development has delivered tremendous benefits to the U.S. economy, national security and directly to consumers who are benefitting from historically low energy prices. What isn’t as well-known are the many ancillary air quality and health benefits that have accompanied the surge in domestic gas production.

Since the shale revolution began, a number of key criteria pollutants have dramatically declined, having a profoundly positive effect on public health across the country.

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Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) show a 60 percent decrease in Fine Particulate Matter (PM 2.5) from 2005 to 2013. Over that same period, U.S. natural gas production increased by 35 percent, and natural gas-fired electricity generation increased by 50 percent.

According to the EPA’s 2009 “Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter,” fine particulate matter can cause early death, cardiovascular or respiratory harm.

As University of California-Berkeley physicist Richard Muller explained in a recent report, fine particulate matter is a “horrific environmental problem” in countries like China and India where “air pollution in 2010 led to 3.2 million deaths that year.” But Muller sees natural gas as the solution to that problem thanks to the boom in shale development. According to Muller, shale gas is a gift that has arrived just in time as it can reduce both greenhouse emissions and fine particulate matter.

The same kind of dramatic decline can be seen in emissions of sulfur dioxides (SOx, SO2 and SO3) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Between 2005 and 2013, as natural gas use skyrocketed, SO2 declined 68 percent and NO2 declined 52 percent.

Each year, public awareness and understanding of the importance of natural gas continues to grow. In an interview last year, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy deemed natural gas a game changer in the United States’ ability to move forward with pollution reduction. Perhaps Mueller put it best, though, when he said, “Environmentalists should recognize the shale gas revolution as beneficial to society.”

In Pennsylvania, reports have revealed results similar to the ones being registered on the national level. With the increase in natural gas use, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) found in 2013 that over 500 million tons of emissions had been removed from the Commonwealth’s air.

In the natural gas emissions inventory issued in 2012 by Pa. DEP, regulators highlighted that the total emissions reductions represented “between $14 billion and $37 billion of annual public health benefits.”

The facts make it clear that the increase in natural gas production and consumption has resulted in improved public health. However, with the increased demands for natural gas comes the need for additional pipeline infrastructure.

Saxum_ASR_201509_SocialAdsV1-01One major infrastructure proposal is the multi-billion dollar Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, which aims to connect abundant natural gas supplies in Pennsylvania with consumers all along the East Coast.

Your support of this important project will help ensure reliable access to abundant, cost-effective natural gas supplies, allowing Americans to enjoy the economic and health benefits of natural gas.

Visit our Atlantic Sunrise Action Center to learn how you can support this project and the continued utilization of cleaner-burning natural gas.

5 Reasons You Should Support Infrastructure Projects like Atlantic Sunrise

If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about where your energy comes from. We turn a dial on our stove and the gas is there. We flip a light switch and the power turns on. It’s as simple as that, right?

Unfortunately, not. Highly complex infrastructure is required to feed our nation’s growing appetite for reliable, affordable energy. Some pieces of infrastructure, like electric transmission lines, are easy to see. Other pieces of infrastructure, like underground pipelines, aren’t quite as noticeable. They’re out of sight, out of mind.

One major infrastructure project that has the potential to benefit millions of Americans is the multi-billion dollar Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, which aims to connect abundant, cost-effective natural gas supplies in Pennsylvania with consumers all along the East Coast.682px-Gas_stove_blue_flames

Here are five reasons why you should care about this project, and how you can show your support.

1. Energy Independence
The U.S. recently surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas. As a result, U.S. oil imports are dramatically falling. The production gushing from America’s shale oil and gas deposits will create true energy independence, but that can’t happen without much needed pipeline capacity – especially in Pennsylvania where the Marcellus Shale is expected to provide more than half of the country’s natural gas by 2020.

2. Supports PA Jobs
If you don’t work in the energy industry in Pennsylvania, chances are you know someone who does. This incredible pace of gas development has pumped tens of billions of dollars into the Keystone State’s economy, supporting more than 300,000 jobs and saving state and local governments $19 billion in 2012-2013. Pipeline infrastructure projects like Atlantic Sunrise are vital to sustaining the economic momentum that Pennsylvania is currently enjoying.

3. Local Economic Benefits
According to researchers at the Pennsylvania State University, the Atlantic Sunrise project could pump approximately $1.6 billion into state and local economies and support as many as 8,000 jobs during the one-year construction period. On top of that, the ongoing operation of the pipeline would generate an impressive $1.9 million in annual economic impact.

4. Access to Lower-Cost Energy
Natural gas originating in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale typically trades at half the cost of natural gas sourced from other North American supply basins. The problem is that without adequate pipeline infrastructure, most consumers won’t realize the full economic advantages of this abundant, domestic resource. Consumers would have saved approximately $2.6 billion in energy costs from 2012-2014 had the Atlantic Sunrise project been in place, according to researchers at the Pennsylvania State University.

5. Environmental Benefits
Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. During the past five years, electric generation form coal as fallen one-third due to the popularity of natural gas. As a result, CO2 emissions levels have dropped to 20-year lows. As additional pipeline infrastructure increases access to cost-effective gas supplies, a growing number of industries are converting to natural gas and contributing toward the improved air quality.

Your support is important for our country and community to realize the full benefits offered by the Atlantic Sunrise project. Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is the key regulatory body that ultimately determines if the project is approved, the agency does value public comments – especially those from stakeholders located in the project area.

Visit our Atlantic Sunrise Action Center to learn more about how you can express your support for the project and U.S. energy independence. It’s a quick and easy way to share comments to FERC, as well as other elected officials who play an important role in the pipeline review process.