Hopewell Township, on Monday, unanimously adopted a resolution prohibiting the PennEast pipeline company and its surveyors from surveying on Township public rights-of-way.
The resolution found that since PennEast is a private corporation with no recognized public purpose, the company has no right to survey on a public right-of-way. The action was taken in response to PennEast’s letter to the Township announcing that the company would begin surveying on the public right-of way, claiming that the law authorizes surveying for “public improvements.”
“This seems like the next logical step in our fight against the PennEast pipeline,” said Mayor Harvey Lester, “And I hope that other municipalities will follow suit by taking similar action in their towns. We need to continue to pose a united front against this pipeline.”
To add to its many actions opposing PennEast, in July, the Hopewell Township Committee adopted a resolution prohibiting PennEast from surveying access on Township-owned lands. Earlier this month, Hopewell Township filed as an intervener in the litigation.
Tomorrow, October 29, is the FERC deadline to intervene. For information on intervening, see Hopewell Township Citizens Against the PennEast Pipeline (HTCAP) website at http://htcapp.org and check out the MercerMe article “When PennEast Files, Here’s What You Can Do.”