New Proposed Route
PennEast released maps of yet another route. This route indicates all of the interconnects with other pipeline infrastructure and highlights the spider web of pipelines that will soon traverse our lands under our feet if we don't continue to act. Although they can still comment to FERC, since the environmental scoping period is over, new stakeholders have little say.

SIGNS!
If you don't have a Stop PennEast  sign in your yard yet, Spring is the time to put one up!

You can get signs at: 
Nellie Rae's in Ferndale, PA
The Supernatural Salon
in Riegelsville, PA
Frenchtown Hardware
in Frenchtown, NJ


Car Magnets Too!
There are now Stop PennEast car magnets available...tell everyone while you drive! And it's removable.

Get your magnet at
The Supernatural Salon
in Riegelsville.

Keep Commenting!
Keep Sending
FERC Comments
Although the EIS comment period has ended, this is not the time to stop commenting to FERC. We need to redouble our efforts and comment on the new maps. Also bring up the evidence that leads to the conclusion that the gas the industry wants to force through our communities by usurping our land via eminent domain is ultimately meant for export .   The grounds for public need for this project must be questioned. 

There are instructions in the documents section of stoppenneast.org that can assist you in navigating the FERC website.


Comment to the Delaware River Basin Commission
Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), tasked by the federal government with protecting states that border the river, determined that the PennEast Pipeline Project would be subject to DRBC jurisdiction and will need to obtain a docket before it can proceed with its plans.

Resolutions Opposing the PennEast Pipeline
37 municipalities and organizations have signed resolutions opposing the pipeline, including:

Alexandria, NJ
Bridgeton Township, PA
Carbon County, PA
City of Bethlehem, PA
Clinton, NJ
Cooks Creek Watershed (PA)
Dallas Township, PA
Delaware Township, NJ
Durham Township, PA
East Amwell Township, NJ
Frenchtown Borough, NJ
Holland Township, NJ
Hopewell Township, NJ
Hunterdon County Freeholders (NJ)
Kidder Township, PA
Kingwood Township, NJ
Lambertville, NJ
Lower Saucon Township, PA
Mahoning Township, NJ
Mercer County Planning Board (NJ)
Mercer County, NJ
Milford Borough, NJ
Moore Township, PA
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Pennington Borough, NJ
Pennington, NJ
Plains Township, NJ
Princeton, NJ
Riegelsville, PA
Solebury Township, PA
Sourland Conservancy (NJ)
South Hunterdon Regional School District (NJ)
Stony Brook Garden Club (NJ)
The Garden Club of Trenton (NJ)
Towamensing Township, PA
West Amwell Township, NJ
Williams Township, PA Citizens


Sites you should read
Mike Spille blogs excerpts of comments sent to FERC and shares PennEast-related news, all with analysis and comment.
Michael Spille shares insight into FERC's   "2014 State of the Markets Report" which is created by the FERC Office of Enforcement's Division of Energy Market Oversight. 
This site is the hub of news updates and calendar listings related to PennEast, and houses documents you can download including resolutions and handouts.  Make sure to check the County-based pages for pertinent news.
See the amazing number of gas pipelines in the US, with links to information on each.

A Legal and Practical Guide for States, Local Government Units, Non-Governmental Organizations and Landowners on how the FERC pipeline certification process works and how you can participate From the law offices of Carolyn Elefant, District of Columbia.


Keep up with latest news, share information you find,
and ask questions.
Read news particularly important for Pennsylvania. This is a closed group, so you can share information without worrying about it being read by the industry.
Informative Documents and Articles
Exposing the company's membership in the Marcellus Shale Coallition as well as its direct profits from the gas industry, three environmental organizations have recently asked FERC's Inspector General to review the selection of TetraTech as the creator of the PennEast Environmental Impact Statement.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network fights to protect the Delaware River Watershed. They are taking action to stop PennEast and other pipelines. Click the link above to support DRN and help with finances which will include legal action, when necessary. Learn more about DRN and become a member.

The wide-ranging revision will update Chapter 78 of the Pennsylvania Code, the section of the state's rulebook that guides the construction and operation of oil and gas wells. The proposals focus on surface activities on and off well sites: waste handling, spill prevention, pipelines, pits, and the protection of public resources.

DEP puts the proposed changes in four categories: permitting, abandoned well identification, waste management at well sites, and issues off the well site.

Greetings Friends

Our first newsletter is a long one...please read it all! Note that at the bottom of this newsletter, you can update your email address, forward to friends (their email address will NOT be recorded), and opt out of these emails. We hope you will not opt out. This information is so important.

The comment period for FERC's Environmental Impact Statement closed on February 27th. Local in-person FERC meetings were packed to capacity and most comments were AGAINST the pipeline. Citizens provided exhaustive research and detailed objections to the route. Experts, landowners and community citizens raised valid concerns about the environment, threats to our water, safety and flood hazards.

Watch videos of official citizen comments.

PennEast trivialized those in-depth comments with boilerplate responses. Lumping various distinct comments into groups, they responded with generalized platitudes which were the equivalent of saying...don't worry...we'll get it right. Citizens who will be most affected by this pipeline were not only disappointed, but insulted.

" Cove Point will export Marcellus Shale gas. In fact, 100% of whatever the plant can liquefy and ship on a daily basis is already spoken for by two countries that desperately want and need it: Japan and India." (emphasis ours)

Penneast claims it is not intended to export "as of now" yet the proposed route interconnects with other pipelines along the route through PA and NJ which are clearly headed toward ports.


PennEast interconnects include:
  • Regency Energy Wyoming Interconnect in Dallas Township, Luzerne County

     

  • Williams Partners Springville Interconnect in Dallas Township, Luzerne County
    The Springville pipeline connects Williams Partners' growing gathering system in northeast Pennsylvania with its Transco interstate gas pipeline, moving 300 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas.

    See this article. Nowhere does not say Liquid Natural Gas (which is exported), but "LNG" is a keyword hidden in the tags for the page.

     

  • UGI Energy Services, LLC Auburn and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC Leidy Interconnects in West Wyoming Borough, Luzerne County
    The Leidy Southeast Expansion Project is designed to increase the Transco pipeline's capacity by 525,000 dekatherms of natural gas per day. Note that UGI created PennEast, LLC. Transco heads down to Louisiana and Texas...for export.

     

  • Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC and UGI Utilities, Inc. Interconnects in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County
    Columbia Gas has applied to expand the Easton compressor from 2,250hp to 19,500hp in preparation for the PennEast interconnect. 

     

  • Elizabethtown Gas and NRG REMA LLC Gilbert Generating Station Interconnects in Holland Township, Hunterdon County

     

  • Algonquin Gas Transmission, LLC and Texas Eastern Transmission, LP Interconnects in West Amwell Twp, Hunterdon County

    The Algonquin line travels up to Boston...a port and Texas Eastern (connected to the Algonquin line), of course, travels to Louisiana and Texas.

     

  • Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC Interconnect in Hopewell Township, Mercer County

Foreign interests in LNG Ports and Marcellus Drilling operations

 
Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Gas, through their subsidiaries, established the joint venture company ST Cove Point LLC in order to carry out contracted natural gas liquefaction processing and liquefied natural gas sales for the Cove Point LNG Project in the US state of Maryland. The Project aims to procure US-produced natural gas through Pacific Summit Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, and export about  2.3 million tons per year of LNG liquefied by Dominion Cove Point LNG (Dominion), the operator of the project. A license for exporting LNG to countries with which the US has no free trade agreement was obtained from the US Department of Energy in September 2013, and Dominion plans to start commercial operations in 2017.

Sumitomo has received approval from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to site, construct and operate facilities for the liquefaction and export of domestically produced natural gas. 

Read more here.


 

Sumitomo also owns many acres of Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. In 2010 alone, they purchased more than 90,000 acres, including at least 20 wells. 

Read more about the "joint venture" between Rex Energy and Japan's Sumitomo Corp.

Bills in Congress that would
Streamline Export

Be sure to write to your Congresspeople to voice your opinion.

 

H.R 89 the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act 
Sponsor: Rep. Bridenstine, Jim [R-OK-1]
(Introduced 01/06/2015)

"To provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas to World Trade Organization countries, and for other purposes."


 
...directs the Department of Energy (DOE), for proposals that must also obtain authorization from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or the United States Maritime Administration to site, construct, expand, or operate liquified natural gas (LNG) export facilities, to issue a decision on an application for authorization to export natural gas within 30 days after the later of:

(1) the conclusion of the review to site, construct, expand, or operate the LNG facilities required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA); or
(2) the date of enactment of this Act.


H.R. 428 The Export American Natural Gas Act of 2015

Sponsor: Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] (Introduced 01/06/2015)

 

...amends the Natural Gas Act to direct the Secretary of Energy to either approve or deny an application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG), whether through an onshore or offshore terminal, within 60 days after the later of: (1) receiving a completed application; (2) the applicant's contracting with a customer for the LNG proposed to be exported, and (3) the date of the enactment of this Act.

Deems the application approved if the Secretary has neither approved nor denied it by such 60-day deadline.
 

 

H.R. 156 Crude Oil Export Act
"To repeal the crude oil export ban under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, and for other purposes."


 
...amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to repeal the authority of the President to restrict exports of: (1) coal, petroleum products, natural gas, or petrochemical feedstocks, and (2) materials or equipment which he determines necessary for either exploration, production, refining, or transportation of energy supplies, or for construction or maintenance of energy facilities within the United States.

 

 

HR 287 American Job Creation and Strategic Alliances LNG Act

Sponsor: Rep. Turner, Michael R. [R-OH-10] (Introduced 01/13/2015)

"To enhance the energy security of United States allies, and for other purposes."


 
"...amends the Natural Gas Act to deem consistent with the public interest an expedited application and approval process for the importation or exportation of natural gas to a World Trade Organization member nation."

 


 
HR 351 LNG Permitting and Certainty Transparency Act 

Sponsor: Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 

(Introduced 01/14/2015)
01/28/2015 : Passed House now in senate as S 33

Sponsor: Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]
(Introduced 01/06/2015) 

"To provide for expedited approval of exportation of natural gas, and for other purposes."


 
...deems any NEPA review to be concluded: (1) 30 days after publication of a required Environmental Impact Statement if the project needs one; (2) 30 days after publication by DOE of a Finding of No Significant Impact if the project needs an Environmental Assessment; and (3) upon a determination by the lead agency that an application is eligible for a categorical exclusion pursuant to regulations under NEPA.


The Delaware Riverkeeper Network commissioned a study of the impact of Penneast on the Delaware River. Watch this VERY informational video in which  Stephen Souza of Princeton Hydro discusses the environmental damage caused by linear developments, presented at the 2015 Watershed Congress.
Stop PennEast Billboard
in Kintnersville!



A collaboration between Cook's Creek Watershed and Durham CCAP, and designed by our own Laura Pritchard, a new billboard was unveiled at Kintner Hill Road and 611N. Be sure to drive past!