The Fight Comes to NEW JERSEY!

SPEAK OUT! Post FERC Conditional Approval News of PennEast Pipeline

On Friday January 19, 2018 FERC approved the Certificate that allowed
PennEast to use eminent domain to take private and public lands.
FERC’s rubber stamp approval was expected, as FERC has only declined one pipeline since 1986.
Now – our fight intensifies and moves to the state government level and Federal DC Court of Appeals where we have a real chance of stopping this project in its tracks.

A bit of history….On Friday ,February 16th, 2018, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) once again added their voice to our cause, filing a request asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to hold a rehearing and issue a stay on the use of eminent domain until that hearing is held.

The NJ Rate Counsel also filed for a rehearing. The NJDEP and the Rate Counsel join over a dozen other parties that have filed requests for a rehearing, including:

  • Delaware & Raritan Canal Commission,
  • Hopewell Township
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation
  • Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Assosciation
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network,
  • Sierra Club of New Jersey,
  • New Jersey Natural Lands Trust,
  • And many Landowners and other townships

After initialing ordering a “tolling order” of these legal requests, FERC denied the rehearing request.  That opened the door for the state of NJ and plaintiffs, including Hopewell Township, to file an appeal with the DC Court of Appeals. That appeal has begun and arguments are in the process of being heard.

To stay current with court news, go to ReThink Energy NJ for the latest information.

REMEMBER, the state of NJ still has the power to stop this project.  The pipeline still has to meet all of the regulatory permitting requirements of other agencies before the project can be constructed. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), and the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) all have the power to stop this project. The current administration is standing with us, taking action to fight and understands that this project isn’t good for NJ!

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