Letter to the Editor: Community Help Needed to Stop Pipeline

Hundreds of your neighbors in towns from Holland to Hopewell face the potential loss of their land through eminent domain if the proposed PennEast pipeline is approved. They didn’t ask for this pipeline, which would damage some of the state’s most sensitive environments, and New Jersey doesn’t need more natural gas.

For the past 18 months, many have worked to protect their homes, water supplies and the natural spaces that are threatened by PennEast. They never expected this could happen to them, and it could have happened to you. Either way, PennEast is a dangerous proposition.

Now, we all need to take action.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has scheduled public meetings this month to receive comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for PennEast, even though the company has failed to provide required information about the impacts to your drinking water, farmland and open spaces that were preserved with your tax dollars.

We all need to write to FERC, to tell them that this DEIS should be withdrawn until PennEast provides the required data. Tell them that holding meetings on back-to-back evenings in August, at locations not even in the impacted towns, is inadequate to provide meaningful public input.  Finally, attend FERC’s meetings to demonstrate the widespread opposition to PennEast.

Let’s show FERC that we don’t want this unneeded fossil fuel pipeline in our communities. Instead, we want to rapidly adopt energy conservation measures and clean, renewable energy sources.

Visit www.thewatershed.org or www.rethinkenergynj.org/stoppenneast for complete information.

Jim Waltman

Executive Director, Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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