We oppose the proposal by PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC., to build a natural gas pipeline through ecologically-sensitive areas of NJ and PA. The pipeline is set to run over 110 miles from Dallas Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, under the Delaware River, into Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey. If built, it will destroy so much of what the Watershed Association has protected and enhanced over the last 65 years.
PennEast Public Meetings, Aug 15, 16, & 17. Attend a workshop at the Watershed Center to learn how to make an impact. Click for details.
Read a letter to FERC Chairman Norman Bay, urging the withdraw of PennEast Pipeline’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
Congressional Testimony on behalf of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association – against the AIR Survey Act of 2015. Aerial pipeline surveying severely diminishes environmental review of costs.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association stands strong with conservation groups and elected officials calling for the suspension of FERC’s review of the 114 mile PennEast Pipeline.
More in the News Right Now
- NJ.com: PennEast Applies to Fed to build $1.2B Gas Pipeline
- PR Newswire: Conservation & Citizen Groups Call on FERC and NJ DEP to Deny PennEast Pipeline
- NJ.com: PennEast Pipeline Will Not Work for NJ
- NJ Spotlight: PennEast Files to move ahead with 118 mile Natural Gas Pipeline
Proposed Original Route of PennEast Pipeline, Image Courtesy of PennEast
If constructed, 100-foot swaths of land will be razed to make way for the pipeline. The construction will have many significant impacts on the environment, including:
– Threatening the Stony Brook
The pipeline will impact at least 31 Category One waters as well. Category One Waters are special because of exceptional ecological, recreational, water supply, and aesthetic significance. These Category One Waters receive additional protection because of their importance. Over 60 waterbodies in NJ and PA may be affected.
– Destroying wetlands
Wetlands are important because they protect water quality by filtering pollutants, reduce stormwater runoff, provide vital habitat for wildlife and plants. PennEast suspects the pipeline will affect 33 wetland complexes.
– Endangering preserved open space and farmland
NJ and affected municipalities have worked hard to preserve vital parts of the region’s agricultural vitality and open space! Once agricultural soils are disturbed they are never as productive. The project as currently proposed, will affect 69 properties preserved by federal, state, county, and local government as well as non-profit organizations.
– Destroying forests
Trees along the right of way are permanently removed creating fringe habitat. Fringe habitat invite invasive species.
– Impacting Threatened and Endangered Species
PennEast admits the project could impact the Bog Turtle, Indiana Bat, Dwarf Wedge Mussel, and Northern Long-Ear Bat.
- Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman’s letter to FERC
- Assemblyman Erik Peterson
- Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman
- Mayor Liz Lempert
- Congressman Rush Holt
- West Amwell Township Environmental Commission
Political Statements and Objections
Municipal Resolutions Against the Pipeline
Hunterdon County, NJAlexandria Township Resolution 2014-060
Clinton Township Resolution 124-14
Delaware Township Resolution #2014-59
East Amwell Township Resolution #131-14
Holland Township FERC Comment and Resolution
Kingwood Township Resolution 2014-98
City of Lambertville Resolution 126-2014
Borough of Milford Resolution 2014-095
West Amwell Resolution #155-2014
Mercer County, NJHopewell Township Resolution 14-309 Pennington Borough Resolution 2014 11.7
Pennington Borough Resolution Requesting a FERC Scoping Meeting
Princeton Resolution 14-301
Bucks County, PABorough of Riegelsville Resolution R-04-14
Environmental Resource Maps
Environmental Resource Inventories
Region-WideDelaware River Basin – Wild and Scenic River Values
Hunterdon County, NJDelaware Township
West Amwell Township
September 2015– NJ.com: PennEast Applies to Fed to build $1.2B Gas Pipeline
– PR Newswire: Conservation & Citizen Groups Call on FERC and NJ DEP to Deny PennEast Pipeline
– NJ.com: PennEast Pipeline Will Not Work for NJ – NJ.com: PennEast foes plan forum ahead of federal application
– CentralJersey.com: Watershed, Citizens to advise on pipeline filing
– MercerMe: When PennEast Files, Heres What You Can Do
November 2014– Hunterdon County Democrat: Activists advise West Amwell how to fend off PennEast pipeline
– Hunterdon County Democrat: W. Amwell anti-pipeline meeting tonight; PennEast open house at S. Hunterdon High Nov. 13
October 2014– Times of Trenton: Hopewell residents ‘Stand up to PennEast’ in protest of proposed $1 billion natural gas pipeline
– Hopewell Valley News: Many turn out for pipeline protest
– Times of Trenton: Hopewell Township Committee votes unanimously to oppose the PennEast natural gas pipeline
September 2014– Times of Trenton: Hopewell Valley residents pour out questions, concerns during meeting with pipeline company
August 2014– Times of Trenton: Proposed PennEast pipeline through Mercer, Hunterdon counties runs into opposition
– Times of Trenton: Officials reserve judgment on proposed PennEast pipeline through Mercer, Hunterdon counties
August 2015– Huffington Post: New Jersey Communities Unanimously Say ‘No’ to the Penn East Pipeline
Saturday, March 4, 6:00-7:30PM, Adults & Families (children 6yo+), Free
Join Education Director Jeff Hoagland at dusk as we watch and learn more about the spring courtship dance and fascinating life of this bird. Hike is co-sponsored by Washington Crossing Audubon Society.Call or email to register.
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