Preparing for Release of FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

Preparing for Release of FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)
We have been asking for a suspension of FERC’s Environmental Impact Study. BUT… we need to be prepared in the event that a DEIS does come out sooner rather than later. While there have been many delays due to PennEast’s lack of substantive and accurate information in it’s resource reports to FERC, FERC has been continuing to work on the DEIS.

We will, of course, keep you informed and let you know of upcoming ‘hands on’ workshops that will be held after the DEIS drops to help you draft your comments. If you are an intervenor, this is especially important.

Read below the comments of WCAP’s MIke Spille about the possible upcoming DEIS from his Cost of the Pipeline website.

What is the DEIS?
The DEIS is a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document that FERC is required to create by law. What this document is supposed to do is to show all of the potential damage the the project could cause, and all of the things that are proposed to mitigate those damages, and then indicate whether this is creating an unacceptable amount of damage to the human environment, or not.

– This is the “draft” version, so this is FERC’s initial cut.
– We don’t know exactly when the DEIS is going to be released.
– Once it does, we only have 45 days to comment.
– And the DEIS forms the legal record for objections to the project.

Here’s how the timeline works:
• Sept 2015: Company files their application.
• ??? 2016: FERC publishes their DEIS (could be anytime in the next 0-3 months).
• ??? 2016 + 45 days: End of DEIS comment period.
• Dec 2016: FERC states they’ll publish their Final EIS (FEIS).
• Jan-Mar 2017: FERC could publish their final order approving or rejecting the schedule.

So here’s what everyone has to do: start considering what you want to say in objection to PennEast. Get your list together. Start talking to your friends and neighbors and family. Get ready. Think about your property, your neighborhood, your job, and all the potential impacts. Think about the small country roads we travel. School bus schedules. Where your well and septic system are. Tourism impacts, historical districts. Runoff, endangered species. Any potential impact needs to get documented, and we need as many people as possible doing it.

And meanwhile…you can’t file them yet. They have to be filed AFTER the DEIS comes out to be part of the legal record.

It’s like the army – hurry up and wait!
But this is really important people. FERC is required to answer every single objection to the DEIS that is filed on the docket. And any lawsuits against PennEast or FERC have to be based on information in those docket comments. So this is our one shot – these 45 days will be critical.

Keep an eye on this website for upcoming meetings about this, and, when the DEIS drops for real, be prepared to hit the ground running and get those comments in.

TOGETHER WE WILL WIN!


Patty in DC with Mayors on May 11, 2016

May 11

With Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman in DC with the mayors. Thanks Congresswoman Coleman for ALL you do  !


PDay 2016 

8,000 sign anti-pipeline petition

Results of regional petition opposing proposed 118-mile PennEast natural gas pipeline announced

By Frank Mustac, Special Writer

CentralJersey.com, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 — Hopewell Township Mayor Kevin Kuchinski was among a group of bipartisan elected officials who joined conservation leaders and citizens’ groups at the State Capitol in Trenton on Tuesday, morning May 10 to announce the results of a regional petition opposing the proposed 118-mile PennEast natural gas pipeline.

The petition received more than 8,000 signatures from citizens across 2,000 zip codes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to the Hopewell Township Citizens Against the PennEast Pipeline. The non-profit organization was also represented at the event held on the steps of the State House in Trenton. More

Breaking News . . .

PennEast Pipeline opponents update residents on progress

By JOHN SIEVERS (Bucks County Herald)

Opponents of the PennEast Pipeline updated area residents on the status of the pipeline process and what is being done to fight it.

An informal poll of about 90 attendees of an April 25 meeting found that only a handful are in the path of the proposed pipeline and many others had never attended a citizens’ pipeline meeting before.

“It used to be that nobody fights the pipeline,” said Karen Feridun, founder of Berks Gas Truth, a Pennsylvania pipeline opposition group. “Now everyone does.” Read the complete story.


Lawsuit says PennEast illegally surveying residents’ property

From NJ.com: Seven residents in Mercer and Hunterdon counties whose property is in the path of the proposed $1.2 billion PennEast pipeline on Monday filed a lawsuit against the company claiming PennEast has been illegally surveying their property without permission. Read the complete story.


Natural gas explosion rocks Westmoreland County and U.S. gas markets

By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A natural gas pipeline explosion in Westmoreland County Friday morning sent an injured man to the hospital, damaged two homes, charred trees and melted a road, with the intense blaze that followed triggering waves of sound, heat and panic through the surrounding area.

A large Texas Eastern transmission line — 30 inches in diameter — burst open around 8:15 a.m. in Salem, shooting flames into the sky that could be seen for miles. Residents reported hearing a deafening gush of air. Read the complete story.

Followup Report: Corrosion found on gas pipeline that exploded in Westmoreland County

The Texas Eastern pipeline explosion that injured one man, damaged several homes and disrupted gas flows to the Northeast last week involved a pipeline that federal investigators said had corroded in at least two places.


And finally, a great resource . . .
Construction Maps @ www.pipelineinfo.org

This website contains PennEast construction maps broken down by township.  These are for the route proposed in September 2015 filing with FERC.  This is still a work in progress so if your township or land is not on this site please contact us at westamwellcap@gmail.com.

 

HALT PennEast Files Formal Protest With FERC

Published APRIL 27, 2016 by ThinkAgain

Read more.

Homeowners Against Land Taking PennEast filed a formal protest with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission concerning unauthorized communications between the commission and PennEast staff.

On Earth Day, Homeowners Against Land Taking (HALT) PennEast filed a formal protest with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concerning unauthorized off-the-record and ex parte communications between FERC professional staff and PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC (PennEast) executives and attorneys. On April 20, 2016, FERC and PennEast conducted a ‘project update conference call’ that violates the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and FERC’s own rules.  Read more.