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Smart Talk: Capitol News, Companies Buying Homes and a Controversial Natural Gas Pipeline

Written by, | Jul 11, 2014 7:33 AM

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After waiting 10 days to sign the state budget, Governor Corbett seemingly ended a standoff with state lawmakers on Thursday when he put his signature on the 29 billion dollar spending plan.

However, tensions are still running high, as Corbett continues to fight with his own party over making changes to the state pension system. We’ll get the latest on what’s going on at the Capitol with Associated Press reporter Marc Levy.

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Marc Levy, Associated Press reporter

Plus, some mid-state companies are offering their workers a big perk… help buying a home. It’s aimed at attracting and retaining employees, and revitalizing cities, but is there any evidence it actually works? WITF’s Keystone Crossroads reporter, Emily Previti will talk about what she found.

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And a controversial natural gas pipeline has been planned for parts of central Pennsylvania… including Northumberland, Schuylkill, Columbia, Lebanon, and Lancaster counties. We’ll hear from Chris Stockton, a spokesman for the pipeline company,  Williams… as well as Lancaster Newspapers reporter Ad Crable, who’s been following the story and Carolyn Elefant, a Washington D.C-based attorney who represents landowners.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-11 08:02

    Mike from Glenn Rock writes:

    There is one issue that is overlooked in these discussions over natural gas, whether it's fracking or pipelines: Although natural gas does burn cleaner than coal, it produces higher upstream carbon emissions in energy needed for drilling and production, and in methane leakage (per a DoE report).

    So, rather than continuing to sink billions to develop yet another fossil fuel, we should be investing that money into truly renewable energies that have infinitely cleaner, cheaper, and more sustainable in the long run.

  • Bob Nunn img 2014-07-11 08:30

    The problem with pipelines is that the people that want to install it claim that it will lead to lower prices for citizens, but my belief is that they want and need these pipelines so that the product can eventually be sold to other counties. Which causes the price to go up more than is there had never been a pipe line and the companies make more money.

    • Bob Nunn img 2014-07-11 08:34

      I want to add, look at what happened after the Southern part of the XL Pipeline went online. Gas that was in reserves were flushed to the cost and sold off to South American counties and the price of gas increased.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-11 08:35

    Thomas from Manheim Township emails:

    i live in lancaster county, and i say build it! we need good transportation of oil and natural gas either by rail or pipe line. i live less then 200 ft from a pipe line and a highly used rail line for both passenger and freight trains and we dont even know it is there. this is waht we need for the type of society we have. just a comment on it and i am very pro pipe line and rail service for oil.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-11 08:36

    Jay emails:

    Since the pipeline is visible from the road (with brightly painted markers) and in air photos, why is the route considered sensitive and not available to the public in GIS format?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-07-11 08:40

    Brenda from West Hempfield Township emails:

    Good Morning - I have a questions for Chris at Williams:

    Our home is within less than .5 miles from the proposed pipeline in West Hempfield Township. I have been working with the township manager, Ron Youtz, to put together a town hall meeting with Williams, local legislatures and residents to present information about the pipeline. Williams has only seemed to want to meet privately with the townships and not with our communities as a whole. Many of the people in our township are uninformed about details about the pipeline, especially since the 15 mile re-route was released in the past two weeks which impacts a new segment of residents in our township. Would you please consider a public town hall meeting for our residents so we can gather more information? The open house was not helpful to many of our residents, especially those now impacted from the re-route.