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September 18, 2014
Proposed PennEast Pipeline Threatens the Sourlands

The PennEast Pipeline Company LLC has announced plans to build a 105-mile 30" natural gas pipeline that would stretch from Luzerne County PA to Mercer County, NJ and cross under the Delaware River. 

The maps released by PennEast show the general route of the pipeline but do not show specific properties that will be affected. View the PennEast Pipeline map at this link.

It is clear that Hopewell Township, West Amwell Township and Lambertville are along the proposed route. We hope that the following list of resources and suggestions are helpful to residents in those municipalities, as well as to all Sourland residents.

Helpful Organizations  

It is important to seek out information and assistance from these organizations, however, the most effective voices against the pipeline will be those of residents. 

Upcoming pipeline meetings:

September 23 -  Hopewell Township - Hopewell Valley Central High School - 7 pm 

September 29 - Delaware Township - Sersgeantsville Fire Company - 7 pm

October 1 - Holland Township - Whispering Pines Banquet Hall - 7pm

Actions to take now:

PennEast has not yet filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission but there are many things you can do now, such as:

  • Landowners, when approached by PennEast for permission to survey and for an easement agreement have a right to deny surveyors access to their land. They can send the pipeline company a deny or rescind form via certified mail Click this link for the form.
  • Landowners can post no trespassing signs.
  • Yard signs used throughout a community can be a powerful organizing tool for those opposed to the pipeline project.
  • Landowners should ask for all communications with the pipeline company to be documented in writing.
  • Landowners who are opposed to the pipeline project should not sign or make any agreements with the pipeline company. 
  • Communities who negotiate with the pipeline company as an organized unit are more effective than trying to negotiate with the pipeline company as an individual. 
  • Citizens concerned about the pipeline project should petition the Delaware River Basin Commission to exercise jurisdiction over the PennEast Pipeline Project. Sign the petition here
  • At the township level, townships who are opposed to the pipeline project can pass resolutions opposing the project. Encourage your township committee to pass a resolution describing what is important to your town and why the town opposes the project.
  • Find out  if there are threatened or endangered species, such as the bog turtle, in your community along the pipeline route. This information is important and often missed by FERC.
  • Now is the time to contact municipal, county, and state officials expressing your opposition.
Save the Sourlands!

 Why is it important to oppose the PennEast Pipeline?


1. The proposed pipeline route goes directly through the Sourland Mountain region. This 90 square-mile "island of biodiversity" is characterized by a fragile ecological balance and the largest contiguous forest in Central New Jersey. The Sourland Mountain region's biological diversity, critical forest, wetland and grassland habitats, and uniquely valuable breathing space in this portion of Central NJ is seriously threatened by the devastation to the landscape that would occur with the proposed PennEast pipeline.


2. Currently, there are 8 newly proposed pipelines in New Jersey, 7 of them are in the Delaware Valley. Natural gas pipeline companies are in a rush to build pipelines in order to control the future of energy by promoting the use of more fossil fuels and preventing the development of renewable energy sources. Fighting the PennEast Pipeline is taking a stand against our continued dependence on fossil fuels.


3. It is much cheaper for PennEast to put a pipeline through open space than through an already developed area. Forty-one percent of the Sourland region is preserved - will this land be the target of future pipeline proposals? This pipeline is going through land that has been preserved through the efforts of NJ citizens who value the preservation of open space in order to protect critical habitat, support biodiversity, and maintain the beauty and recreational resources of our state for ourselves and for future generations!


4. New Jersey is quickly becoming the "Crossroads of Natural Gas", as pipeline companies rush to provide the means to transport the natural gas obtained through fracking in the Marcellus Shale beds of Pennsylvania. How many more will go through the Sourlands, threatening the very existence of this fragile ecosystem? We are told by the pipeline companies that this gas will provide cheaper and safer energy to NJ residents. This is not true! We do not know where this gas is going - its final destination could be other states and other countries. 

More pipelines = more drilling = more pipelines = more drilling...


5. Saying NO to natural gas pipelines = saying NO to fracking and shale gas development.


Autumn at the Hunterdon Reserve in the Sourlands


The Sourland Conservancy will continue to  provide information regularly about the proposed PennEast pipeline to its email subscribers. Please encourage any Sourland residents who wish to stay informed to sign up for our e-newsletters on the home page of our 


The Sourland Conservancy is a non-profit organization working to protect the ecological integrity, historic resources and special character of the Sourland Mountain region. 


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