Read press coverage:
– (NJ Online) Hundreds pack first N.J. hearing on proposed PennEast pipeline
– (MercerMe) Letter to the Editor: Pipeline Opponents Missed the Mark
– (MercerMe) FERC You, Mercer County Tells Pipeline Planners To Get Out of NJ
– (MercerMe) LIVE: FERC Scoping Meeting re: PennEast Pipeline
– (NJ.com) PennEast pipeline opposed by almost everybody speaking at FERC meeting
– (NJ.com) PennEast natural gas pipeline environmental study firm’s connection to shale coalition is questioned
CLICK HERE TO READ OFFICIAL RESOLUTION: NJCF resolution PennEast pipeline 01-28-15
FAR HILLS – The Board of Trustees of New Jersey Conservation Foundation, a leading statewide land conservation organization, has formally objected to the proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline and indicated its intent to intervene in the federal permitting process.
At its Jan. 28 meeting, the board unanimously approved a resolution objecting to the proposed 108-mile pipeline, which would run from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Hopewell, N.J., and carry gas generated by deep well “fracking” in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania.
• Approves New Jersey Conservation filing as an intervener in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting process on the PennEast Pipeline.
• Calls for “a shift of policy at all levels of government to require comprehensive planning for energy infrastructure in a science-based, proactive manner that protects preserved and other high quality natural resource lands.”
• Calls for a moratorium on “any and all permitting for the PennEast Pipeline unless and until there is a demonstrated and proven compelling public need; a comprehensive plan that takes into account all historic, cultural and natural resources; and a complete alternatives analysis which includes non-pipeline alternatives.”
The PennEast Pipeline would cross through parts of Hunterdon and Mercer counties, impacting about 50 parcels of preserved farmland and open space totaling 3,377 acres.
These preserved lands include many properties in the Wickecheoke Creek Greenway in western Hunterdon County, an area where New Jersey Conservation and its partners have worked to preserve land for the past 35 years. The Greenway includes about 8,500 acres of preserved farmland and open space protecting the Wickecheoke Creek, a pristine tributary of the Delaware River and Delaware & Raritan Canal, which serves as a drinking water source for more than 2.5 million people.
“The PennEast proposal jeopardizes the tremendous public investment in preserving land and critical drinking water supplies in New Jersey,” said Maureen Ogden, a former state Assemblywoman and current NJ Conservation board member.
“Routing this line through preserved lands and across dozens of tributaries to the Delaware River runs counter to long-held land preservation policies across all levels of government, setting a terrible precedent,” added Ogden, co-chair of NJ Conservation’s Policy Committee.
“The lack of any comprehensive planning for pipelines, and the sheer proliferation of proposals impacting New Jersey, made it imperative for the NJ Conservation board to register its opposition,” stated Bradley Campbell, a former state Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, former regional administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and current NJ Conservation board member. Campbell is the other co-chair of NJ Conservation’s Policy Committee.
Michele S. Byers, executive director of NJ Conservation, commended the Board of Trustees for its resolution. “I am proud to work with this board of trustees that is willing to take a stand to defend preserved land, public health and the investment of taxpayers,” she said.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, New Jersey Conservation has protected 125,000 acres of open space – from the Highlands to the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Bayshore, from farms to forests to urban and suburban parks. For more information about the Foundation’s programs and preserves, go to www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).
PennEast Pipeline Protest Song – During a fundraising event for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey January 18 at the D&R Greenway Johnson Education Center in Princeton, Patty Cronheim and the Hazbins debuted the anti-pipeline song.
. . . “We don’t want your Pipeline no! We don’t want your Pipeline no! We don’t want your Pipeline no! Tell PennEast they gotta go. . .”
View Video (courtesy of Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network): http://youtu.be/eP2FCW1Lec0
The Environmental Club at Delaware Valley Regional High School hosted a forum on the PennEast pipeline and the FERC process on Thursday, January 15 at Del Val High School.
Here’s the report filed by Leigh Valley Channel 69 (WFMZ-TV)
And, see the great coverage provided by MercerMe.com: Grasping the “Scope” of PennEast Pipeline Devastation, Alternate Route Debunked
From MyCentralJersey.com: PennEast pipeline foes get advice on opposing project
Jeff Tittel of the Sierra Club
Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum
Lynda Farrell of Pipeline Safety Coalition
Karen Feridun of Berks Gas Truth
Mark Gallagher, Princeton Hydro
HTCAPP’s NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: Learn to Tweet!
We continue to urge you to use all available forms of communication to get the word out, including writing letters to our legislators about this unnecessary proposed pipeline through our community and the place that we love! Please download (see below) the free handy and useful guide provided by our anti-fracking friend, Karen Feridun, called “Twitter 101 for Fractivists” and begin Tweeting today! To set up and open your own free account on Twitter, just go to https://twitter.com and follow the instructions.
HTCAPP continues to fight the proposed PennEast Pipeline and we encourage you to join us in this effort!
Write your objections to Mercer County about their recent FERC comments:
Mercer County Administration Building
640 South Broad Street
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
HTCAPP/Hopewell Township Citizens Against the PennEast Pipeline, feels that the stance taken by Mercer County in their Dec 23 comments to FERC regarding the proposed PennEast Pipeline does not protect Mercer County and Hopewell Valley from this unnecessary project and (HTCAPP) will continue to fight this pipeline along any and every proposed route through Mercer County and Hopewell Valley as any proposed co-location route continues to endanger the residents and environment of this county/township.
– NEW: Posted Dec. 30, 2014: FERC 12 18 14 Opinion on Princeton Ridge Transco Pipeline
(NJ.com, Dec 10, 2014) Delaware River Basin Commission meeting becomes forum for PennEast Pipeline foes
(NJ.com, Dec 10, 2014) PennEast pipeline opposition groups take concerns to Delaware River Basin Commission
(NJ.com, Dec 10, 2014) PennEast says it will meet with freeholders as county officials explore options
GUEST OPINION: Thanks to DRBC for deciding to review PennEast pipeline (Hopewell Valley News, November 26, 2014)
Thanks to everyone who attended the Thursday, Nov. 13 PennEast open house in West Amwell — the only open house scheduled in New Jersey
Also read: Activists advise West Amwell how to fend off PennEast pipeline (Nov 6, nj.com
For more information about the PennEast Pipelne, call Hopewell Township Citizens Against the PennEast Pipleine at: 609-350-2220. Also see Morning Call article from October 26.