If approved, the PennEast Pipeline would adversely affect us in a number of ways. Here are just a few:
Our Environment: The proposed PennEast pipeline route disturbs critical water resources and forested wetlands, including HLT’s Muddy Run Preserve in Kingwood Township. A considerable portion of the pipeline runs through the Delaware River watershed. The river provides drinking water to 15 million people, while the Delaware & Raritan Canal — fed by the Delaware, and the Lockatong and Wickecheoke creeks — is a source of drinking water for more than one million others. No matter what PennEast does, we’ll see pollution from construction and the perpetual risk of spills and gas leaks. The pipeline would also impact significant portions of preserved land invested in by the public, who expected water resources, wildlife and native plants there to be protected. Significant forest fragmentation, which would promote the spread of invasive species, would also occur because of the pipeline. The route also impacts threatened and endangered species including the wood turtle and long-tailed salamander, both found at the Muddy Run Preserve.
Our Health and Safety: Pipeline construction will disturb geologic formations and lead to the creation of arsenic during construction, and its release into groundwater during operation could poison drinking water. Such impacts will continue even after the pipeline is no longer in use. Also, the proposed pipeline would cut through New Jersey’s most seismically active region, and be located near schools and homes. Don’t think earthquakes happen in New Jersey? In the past decade, four earthquakes with magnitudes between two and four occurred with epicenters less than a mile from the proposed pipeline. Just this month alone, two minor earthquakes have hit northern New Jersey. Seismic activity can create leaks in the high pressure gas system, posing a threat to our safety.
Our Property: This project undermines our collective efforts to care for our land and honor our region’s rich agricultural heritage. It would enrich private companies at the expense of individual landowners and the public at large. Landowners would receive a one-time payment from PennEast for right-of-way access to their property but would then be forced to deal with the risks of having the pipeline on their property. And, while the benefits of the pipeline are rather dubious, the public will be a two-time loser if this project comes to fruition: through the taking of individual property for private gain, and from the public investment lost from condemnation of preserved open space and farmland along the pipeline’s path.
There is some good news: Local opposition has succeeded in slowing down the project. If we can build on that opposition, we can send a clear message to FERC that this pipeline is dangerous and unnecessary.
Landowners and towns have been fighting this pipeline, but they need our help. If all of us in the Hunterdon County region, who care about our environment, our health and safety, and our property raise our voices, we might be able to stop this pipeline from being built.
We’ve joined with allies throughout this region and are asking you to sign a joint petition now telling FERC to reject the PennEast Pipeline. Just go HERE to get started. The entire process takes just a few minutes.
Thank you for lending your voice to this urgent cause.