The PennEast Pipeline
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.
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 our waters
The pipeline will impact at least 31 streams that have been designated by NJDEP as Category One Waters. These streams have received this special designation because of their exceptional ecological, recreational, water supply, and aesthetic values. Overall, more than 60 waterbodies in NJ and PA may be affected.
– Destroying Wetlands
Wetlands are important because they protect water quality by filtering pollutants, reduce storm water 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.
– Clear Cutting Established Forest Habitat
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.
Environmental Resource Maps & Inventories
Municipal Resolutions Against the PennEast Pipeline
Hunterdon County, NJ