It was announced Friday late afternoon that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) would be postponing, due to “unforeseen circumstances,” the sole New Jersey PennEast pipeline scoping meeting scheduled to be held January 27th at The College of New Jersey.

The announcement was posted on the FERC website and delivered via email to those who have registered for an “e-subscription” to the PennEast docket.

“This is very poor communication with the communities they are supposed to be encouraging to attend their sessions,” said Patty Cronheim, coordinator of Hopewell Township Citizens Against PennEast Pipeline (HTCAPP).

FERC postponement letter dated 1/23/15
FERC postponement letter dated 1/23/15

There are no further details regarding when the public can expect the New Jersey scoping meeting to be rescheduled.

Nor has FERC announced whether any of the other four meetings have been postponed. The next scheduled meeting is on January 28th in Newtown, Bucks County.

“We’re pleased that FERC seems to be responding, first with the two-week extension and now with the postponement,” said Karen Feridun, Founder, Berks Gas Truth, “but we’re very concerned that the Commission is once again failing to communicate this announcement in a way that will reach the people planning to attend and comment.”

Earlier in the week, 18 organizations and community groups submitted a letter to FERC outlining concerns regarding the method and timing that the meetings had been planned and announced. The letter urged FERC to extend the scoping period to 120 days so that the public would be able to meaningfully prepare and participate in the scoping process. That same day the letter was submitted, local opposition groups hosted a phone and social media campaign to further express these concerns.

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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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