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Tonight, March 8th, top environmental experts will join for a town hall to inform residents on how to stop the PennEast Pipeline, a proposed 110-mile natural gas pipeline from Dallas Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, under the Delaware River, into to Hopewell Township and connecting to an existing pipeline in Pennington, New Jersey.

Among many concerns, opposers are particularly worried about the environmental and safety risks — threatening the region’s clean drinking water, by crossing the Delaware River and D&R canal, which are the sources of water for over 15 million people. It will also impact 39 parks, 44 wetlands, 33 farms and other open space areas, including Goat Hill and Baldpate Mountain. Furthermore, the pipeline will further promote fracking which is linked to climate change.

“We must come together to protect the Delaware River Valley from the dangerous and destructive PennEast Pipeline that will cut an ugly scar through our communities,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “All together this pipeline will threaten 88 waterways, including the Delaware River, and the drinking water for millions of people. It will also impact 39 parks, 44 wetlands, and 33 farms. The proposed pipeline will even cross through many open space areas, including the D&R Canal Park, Goat Hill, and Baldpate Mountain. This town hall will update residents on our battle to stop the pipeline as well as upcoming actions to fight various regulatory approvals for PennEast Pipeline. We expect things to heat up this summer at the Delaware River Basin Commission and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and will need communities to continue the public outcry against this dangerous project. We need to work together to fight against the dozens of pipelines being proposed in our state and implement clean renewable energy. The public needs to come out to learn how to join the campaign to fight against this proposal and help New Jersey transition to a cleaner, greener future.”

WHO: Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club will discuss the PennEast Pipeline’s threats to clean water and open space, followed by commentary from other leading environmental experts like the Delaware Riverkeeper on the regulatory agencies involved, and others on strategies to grow our campaign, and implementing clean energy alternatives.

WHEN: March 8, 2016 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE: Hunterdon County Library Complex; Building #1, 314 State Route 12, Flemington, NJ  08822

For all over MercerMe’s coverage on the PennEast Pipeline, check out this link.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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